Since going Paleo 3 weeks ago I have been looking for a go-to quick and easy snack for after my CrossFit workouts, but I also wanted to find something my kids could enjoy and I could add to their lunch box that was a healthy protein packed bar. After playing around in the kitchen I think I found the perfect little bar. And these bars are totally grain free. The bars are made up of nuts and dried fruit and because I couldn’t resist, a little dark chocolate. The fruits are mostly what makes these bars sweet, but I did add a little honey but you could leave out if you want. Of course when you are first starting out on a Paleo lifestyle diet nuts and dried fruit should be limited so these are truly are a treat for me, like one of those things I only have once or twice a week. However, for the kids they are a great lunchbox add on. I have slowly tried to switch their diet to at least being gluten-free and as much organic as I can. Not that they didn’t have a pretty much all organic diet from birth, but trying to make changes. Especially after reading several things in regards to gluten in a child’s diet. The switch to gluten-free hasn’t been a huge deal for my kids especially with more things on the market these days that are gluten-free friendly. Vegetables on the other hand are still a battle in my house. Hopefully one of these days that battle won’t be a battle at all. Wishful thinking on my part! Any ways, these bars have been a hit in my house and have been asked for in their lunch boxes all week. I take that as a sign that they like them. And as for me, they are a great little treat especially after a workout or even in the afternoon when I’m looking for an afternoon pick me up. It’s a quick grab and go bar.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Fruity Chocolate Protein (Paleo) Bars
1 ½ cups slivered almonds (unbalanced)
1 cup pecans, lightly toasted
1/3 cup ground flax meal
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
7 large medjool dates, pits removed
1/3 cup dried unsweetened blueberries
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ tablespoon honey
4-5 tablespoons water
Place almonds, pecans, flax meal, cinnamon, cranberries, dates, blueberries, vanilla in a food processor and process until well ground. Then pulse in honey and 3 tablespoons of water. You want the mixture to form into a ball. If it’s not after the 3 tablespoons of water add in additional water and process until the mixture begins to form a ball.
Remove from food processor and stir in chocolate chips. Then press into a 8×8 inch baking dish.
Place bars in refrigerator for an hour and then slice into bars and serve.
Bars are best kept in the refrigerator. Bars can also be wrapped individually and placed in an airtight container in the freezer.