The Meanest Paleo Bars

Tuesday May 15, 2012
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A friend shared this recipe when we first did a Paleo Challenge at the gym.  Allegedly, they are knock-off “Lara Bars”, although I’ve never had a Lara Bar so I couldn’t swear to that.  However, it is a great way to fight the afternoon munchies or to take on the trail.   Here is my version of the recipe.  Enjoy!

The Meanest Momma’s Paleo Bars

Adapted from http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1608249

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbs honey
  • 1 tsp saigon cinnamon
  • 1 cup toasted whole almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • ¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup toasted pistachios
  • 1 cup dates, chopped (or other unsweetened, dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

Directions:

I buy my nuts raw (best prices are at Costco), so the first thing is to toast the nuts and seeds.

Turn broiler onto low and place all the raw nuts and seeds on a rimmed baking sheet.  Broil for a minute or two until nuts start to brown — pay close attention, it doesn’t take much for them to burn and burnt nuts taste much worse than toasted nuts!

Set oven to 350F.

Combine the first seven ingredients in a large bowl or stand mixer.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir/mix until well combined.

Press mixture into a 9×13 baking dish (no need to grease).  Use a spatula to spread it around until even and flat.

Bake for 12 minutes at 350.  As soon as the edges begin to brown, it’s done.

Let cool and then slice.  Store in airtight container.

Yield: 24 pieces, approximately 2″x 2.5″ (4 columns by 6 rows).

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13 Responses to The Meanest Paleo Bars

  1. 1
    Kim says:

    Jeremy made these this week – yummy and filling!

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    Cher says:

    These have become part of my weekly routine – I make them on Sunday evening, and they are the perfect snack when hunger hits hard during the work day! Delicious!

  3. 3

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  4. 4

    These are the BEST bars ever!! I made them last night, with a little less nuts, but oh man – better than any store bought bar! Thank you!

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    Yvonne says:

    These have great flavor, but fell apart totally. Crumbs. What did I do wrong?

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    Joe says:

    Love these! I make them all the time, and everyone who eats them loves them.Sometimes I spread a teaspoon of all-fruit (is that paleo?) On top so it’s like an almond butter and jelly bar.

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    lauren says:

    These are super delicious! I made them last night! Thanks!

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    Joe says:

    I switch the spices up sometimes. Today I put a whole star anise, 10 all spice berries, 5 cloves, a cinnamon stick, the black seeds from inside 3 cardamom pods in the spice grinder (basically the flavors that would be in a masala chai) and OMG, it’s delicious!

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