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.
Cut into bars and serve.