Effortless Paleo Granola Bars

One of the biggest challenges with living a Paleo lifestyle is finding good food on the go.  Unfortunately 99.9% of portable “food” is all processed crap full of sugar, sodium, fat and products that we shouldn’t even be consuming.  Granola bars were always one of my favorite travel snacks, prior to eating Paleo, because they would always satisfy my cravings and keep me full for a while.  Even though I would eat my fair share of granola bars, I would always struggle trying to find the ones that weren’t full of sugar. Then once I transitioned to Paleo, forget about it. There was no way I was going to find one that would be grain free and without processed sugar. So I decided if I can’t buy it, I might as well make it… There are quite a few granola bar recipes out there so I wanted to make this recipe as simple as possible. You can easily make your own modifications based on whatever your flavor preferences are. These are easy to travel with or for a quick snack when you’re starving and need something fast.  Just be mindful not to eat these all the time. Being full of nuts they are high in fat (the good fat of course).

The Good Stuff:

  • 2 cups of nuts & seeds (whatever kinds you prefer)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (you could even use dark chocolate chunks mixed in with the fruit as well – apricots, cranberries, figs, dates, etc.)
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax soaked in 1.5 tablespoons water (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

The How To:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Optional: Toast nuts and coconut on separate pans for about 5 minutes.
  • Grind the nuts in a food processor until in small chunks. Pull a cup out and set aside. Continue to grind the rest into finely chopped but not mush.
  • Make sure your grid fruit is chopped into small pieces.
  • In a bowl mix everything but the nuts, coconut and fruit. Stir well.
  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Line either a brownie pan or loaf pan with wax paper. Dump the mixture in the pan and press down until firm.
  • If cooking in a brownie pan, bake for about 20 minutes. If in a loaf pan, bake for about 30 minutes. Look for the granola to brown, but not burn.
  • Pull out of oven and with a spatula press the mixture back down. It is going to puff up a little.
  • Pull the batter out of the pan and place in the fridge until cool. Then pull out and cut but DO NOT cut until cool or the granola could crumble on you.
  • Enjoy!
You can choose to toast the nuts, seeds and coconut. Toasting them opens up the flavor and makes them more robust.
Make sure you chop up your fruit into small pieces so that you don’t have big fruit chunks in your bars.
 Chop the nuts into small pieces.
 Combine everything but the nuts, seeds, coconut and fruit. Mix well.
 Combine all ingredients and bake in parchment lines pan.

Cut into bars and serve.

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6 Responses to Effortless Paleo Granola Bars

  1. Jessica July 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Do you have to keep these in the refrigerator? They look delicious!

    • AngelaVieux July 11, 2012 at 8:27 am #

      You don’t have to but they won’t stay as firm. They also have a longer shelf life in the fridge but will do just fine outside of the fridge for a couple days.

  2. Jeremy April 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    These are awesome!

  3. Alexandra August 11, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    I just made these! AMAZING. Thank you so much!

  4. Jenni B August 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    These smell… DIVINE!!!!! I cant wait to devour them! YUM!

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