Paleo Granola Bars

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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
  • salt
  • 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.

Slivered AlmondsNext up, 1 1/3 cups of pitted dates chopped up…added to the food processor. Chopped Dates

In Food Processor

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. Blended Then instead of rolling the mixture into balls like Katie does I pressed it into a dish to make bars. Pat Down Dish 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. Cut Bar

Four Bars

Bagged

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.


Original Fudge Babies (paleo fudge balls)

  • 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!


UPDATE (12/21/14)

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!

Candy Cane Lane Tea - A perfect pairing with Paleo Granola Bars

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16 Comments

  1. Anna Belle

    Nice! I love granola bars, but I definitely prefer homemade things!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Me too! But with all grains being off limits for Paleo this is the next best thing…I want to try and make the Key Lime ones soon!

  2. Christina

    These look absolutely amazing! I will definitely be trying this out! 🙂

  3. Sonya

    These look super easy to make. I will have to give them a try. I will probably try replacing the almonds with coconut though.

  4. Jenny Hills

    Yum! These look delicious and so much better than store bought.

    • mrsdmeeks

      They taste better than store bought too!! I do advise the slivered almonds….I may have overloaded my food processor this weekend making another batch and now need replacement parts!

    • mrsdmeeks

      They taste just like brownies!

  5. Lauren

    These look great! I have been looking for some new snack ideas.. i will have to pin this for later!

    • mrsdmeeks

      It is perfect…and kid friendly!! Just don’t overload your food processor…I broke mine making a double batch this weekend so we ended up with granola instead of bars! lol

  6. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Ooooh, these look and sound great! This seems relatively simple too!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a lovely day!
    xoxo

    • mrsdmeeks

      Thanks for hosting!! I love the Blog Hop!

  7. JESS44903

    OH goodness do these ever sound amazing! YUM!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week! Don’t forget to enter to win a $25 Starbucks giftcard!

    • mrsdmeeks

      They are awesome and you don’t have to feel guilty eating them because they are super healthy 🙂

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