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Changing your eating habits is HARD WORK! One of the challenges with becoming Paleo is convenience. We have become a culture that is centered around things being quick and easy and our food is no exception. Being able to grab something on the way out the door or just heat up some pizza rolls is great when you are running late or have kids who refuse to eat the 3 course meal you slaved over…or the “good” burgers that you got for the 4th of July! With Paleo you lose a lot of your basic convenience foods…down to granola bars!
Paleo Grab and Go
I have found that many flavors of Lara Bars are actually Paleo, but I decided back in the fall when I started really diving into Paleo that there HAD to be a homemade option out there…and there was!! I came across the recipe on Chocolate Covered Katie (you really should be following her blog…delicious!) She calls them Fudge Babies because they are really like little balls of fudge, but if you make them bars instead of rolling them they are totally Lara Bars! I have now made this recipe like 4-5 times and it is always delicious even with the few variations I have done.
Let’s Get Cookin’
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 1/3 cup chopped dates
- 4 TBSP cocoa powder
- vanilla extract
First, I measured out a little over 1 cup of slivered almonds and added them to my food processor. I like the slivered ones for this recipe because they don’t kill my food processor when mixing.
This is where you add about 4 tbsp of cocoa powder, a sprinkling of salt, and a splash of vanilla. Let’s all take a moment and use our imaginations to envision it. I promise, it is more interesting in your mind! Then you go ahead and give the food processor a good whirl. Then instead of rolling the mixture into balls like Katie does I pressed it into a dish to make bars. If I didn’t know that having these would save me throughout the week I probably would have devoured half of the plate in a few seconds! This recipe doesn’t make too much so I was only able to get 4 bars out of it, but that was enough for this week. I wrapped them each in plastic wrap, threw them in a Ziploc, and stored them in the fridge for good measure.
So there you have it! A simple way to add convenience to your Paleo lifestyle. To up the ante I was baking some “hard boiled” eggs while making these! Sundays are for food prep! See below for Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe for these bars.
- 1 c walnuts (120 grams)
- 1 and 1/3 cups pitted dates (220 grams) (I often use SunMaid dates, which are super-soft.)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- optional: 1/8 plus 1/16 tsp salt (I always add this.)
- 3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder (or even Dutch cocoa)
Blend all the ingredients, using a food processor, Magic Bullet, etc. (No need to blend the dates first; I just blend everything all at once in a Cuisinart food processor, which works much better than a blender.) Roll into cutey-pie little balls. (Use plastic wrap if you wish, or smush it all together in a plastic bag so it’ll stay together better.) Or, if you want true brownies, shape the dough into bars!
For a holiday twist try adding crushed candy canes on top of your bar or drink Celestial Tea’s Candy Cane Lane decaf green tea while enjoying! These bars are a great go to when running around for the holidays! Special thank you to Celestial Tea and Influenster for providing me a free sample to review!
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