{nearly} paleo peanut-almond energy bars.

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It's Day 4 of the Healthified Holiday Baking Extravaganza... and while this recipe is great for a table of goodies, it'll also be great in January when you're looking for an easy breakfast or midday refuel. 

Let me ask:

Are you tired of crazy sugar-packed granola bars? Yeah, me too. I've got a yummy protein-packed homemade version below for you today -- but first, a story of granola bars in the real world. ;) 

In the midst of last week's moving adventures, including an uber-diverted flight and a late arrival into San Francisco, I found myself famished and without any of my usual food options handy. (Funny how the snacks disappear in transit, isn't it?) Of all the things we could track down at the crack of dawn, a KIND Bar was the best option. 

Granted, it wasn't a cheeseburger. There are less-nourishing options in the middle of the night. I do respect what KIND is purporting to contribute to the snack food market: their 'ingredients you can see and pronounce' is very much aligned with how I work with my clients and how I choose to eat. But I get a little skeptical when I actually look at their ingredient lists, like the one for the Vanilla Blueberry flavor...

Cashews, blueberry pieces (blueberries, sugar, apples, plum, apple juice, vegetable glycerin, citrus pectin, natural blueberry flavor), almonds, honey, non GMO glucose, raisins, crisp rice, chicory root fiber, vanilla extract, soy lecithin, sunflower oil.

Okay, so, fairly innocuous at first glance. But here's the (first) thing: I can neither see nor identify in nature vegetable glycerin, non GMO glucose or soy lecithin. And why are we adding natural blueberry flavor when the bars contain blueberries in the first place? Hmmm.

And the (second) thing: there is an excessive amount of sugar sources in these puppies! Let's count all of them, shall we? 

... blueberries, sugar, apples, plum, apple juice, citrus pectin, honey, non GMO glucose, raisins, chicory root fiber.

Whoa. 10 of 18 ingredients are sweeteners. While they're mostly 'natural sweeteners' (a term that has actually no meaning at all), they're still sugar. They will activate the addictive pathways in your brain. They will increase your blood sugar. They will cause your body to release tons of insulin. They will cause you to retain weight.

My little I Quit Sugar brain can't handle this. 

And you don't have to, either, with a little creativity and about 10 minutes in the kitchen! 

*end.sugar.tirade. :) 

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I love these bars as a quick homemade alternative to packaged bars. Not only are they more economical, you really can see, pronounce and identify every single ingredient! 

These bars are {nearly} paleo, as peanuts are a legume - not a nut - and technically not a part of a strict paleo diet. However, I used a melange of homemade nut butters, and you can feel free to mix up any nut butter varieties that speak to you.

If you're buying store-bought, look for unsalted unsweetened types without added oils like palm or sunflower (nuts have enough naturally-occurring oils, so the addition of extra oil is unnecessary).  If you're game for trying to make your own at home, it's super super super simple. {I love this demo from Ashley at Edible Perspective - her site is, in general, amazing - and the photos in this post help show what you should expect at each stage of nut butter processing.} 

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Keep your fancy pants little bars in the fridge in a sealed container if you can keep them around for longer than a few days. I find them so irresistible, particularly before or after workouts. Let me know how these turn out for you! I always love hearing about the customizations you come up with for these kinds of recipes. 

Enjoy! 

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paleo peanut-almond energy bars
Yields 12
Nut butter! Coconut! Chia! OH MY. Protein-packed and super-fueling, these bars make for awesome vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly nourishment on the go.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp flax meal soaked in 6 tbsp hot water (let sit for 10 minutes to gel)
  2. 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  3. 1/3 cup coconut
  4. 1 1/2 cup nut butter (I used a combination of almond, cashew and peanut butters)
  5. 1/4 cup chia seeds
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  7. 3/4 cup coconut flour
  8. 1 tsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine until smooth. Use your muscles: the nut butter can be a little tricky!
  3. Spread in a baking sheet with sides at least 1/2" high.
  4. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the edges look just a little browned.
  5. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and transferring to a sealed container.
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2 comments on “{nearly} paleo peanut-almond energy bars.
  1. Liz says:

    Peanuts are not paleobc they are a legume.

    • amyheight says:

      Thanks Liz, that’s a great point – and totally correct. I give the option in the post to use whatever kind of nut butters you like; paleo in the title is more for searchability. I will adjust. Thanks!

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