These sound rather delicious don’t they? Well, they are! There are lots of different ‘paleo bars’ out there at the moment, which are so easy to make at home and are a great snack, pre or post exercise boost, or even an on-the-go breakfast. But don’t be fooled by the fancy title. They are suitable for everyone – not just gluten/grain free people – even hungry husbands who’ve just got home from work!
I am forever looking for snacks for both myself and the kids (and the husband) that are not totally laden with sugar and unhealthy fats – and are also gluten free. Nakd bars do a pretty good job but they are fairly pricey, and most other gluten free granola bars/snack bars are just loaded with sugar and other ingredients like ‘glucose syrup’, ‘rice syrup’, ‘brown rice syrup’, ‘evaporated cane juice’ which are basically fancy-pants words for…you guessed it…sugar! Then my son announced that he didn’t like Nakd bars anymore! What on earth was I going to do??! He pretty much lived on those!
I’d have to make my own!
Most paleo bars are made up of dates, other dried fruit and a variety of nut combinations. The dates are essential as they bind the bars together but you can use whatever nuts or seeds you have handy. I love coconut so had to add some to these, and then my packet of raw cacao powder was making eyes at me so I upped the decadence value and threw some of this in as well. You can also add other spices and flavours such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, whatever you like!
These bars are completely grain and gluten free, and will really fill you up.
They are so easy to make. All you do is blend the ingredients, make them into bars, and refrigerate. You can even make them into a large square and cut them into bars after refrigerating. I think I did it the long way round!
Recipe for Paleo Bars
- 100g dates
- 50g almonds
- 50g cashew nuts
- 25g dessicated coconut
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Soak the dates in warm water for 10 minutes, or until soft (unless they are Medjool dates)
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you have a mixture of fine and chunky pieces of nuts
- Mould the dough into individual bars and freeze or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes