It’s Friday, the end of the work week, so why not end it with a Paleo treat! I actually made these back in August and haven’t posted them….shame on me because they are delicious! My whole thought process was I didn’t want to shower you with treats since Paleo is not about the treats but all about the other good for you stuff. I also knew I would be going away on vacation which meant I would be away from my kitchen which meant no cooking. I did some extra cooking before my trip so I would have enough recipes to share with all of you. So here we go…a Paleo treat that is so worth the wait! I call it a brownie but it’s really almost like a fudgy chocolate bar. It’s no bake and easy to put together and even easier to eat. Warning: they can be a little addicting. My little ones loved these and they weren’t around too long. Which was perfectly ok with me because it meant they weren’t around too long for me to eat. I was also perfectly ok with that because these bars are a whole lot healthier than some of those other things out there on the market for kids.
Enjoy these fudgy Paleo chocolate treats and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I’ll be back in my kitchen this weekend figuring out what Paleo recipe I can share with everyone next week….so stay tune. Right now I’m thinking something involving sweet potatoes and maybe something involving salmon. We’ll see. I also have a Halloween treat brewing! All very exciting and I can’t wait to share!
Fudgy Cranberry Paleo Brownie Bars
2 ¼ cup pecans, lightly toasted
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
15 large medjool dates, pits removed
1 small to medium ripe banana (about 1/3 cup)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, plus more to sprinkle on tops of bars
Blend pecans, unsweetened cocoa powder and cinnamon in food processor until combined and coarsely ground.
Add in dates and banana and process until blended into dry ingredients.
Process in vanilla and honey until well combined.
Stir or work in dried cranberries and chocolate chips with spoon or by hand.
Press mixture into a 8×8-inch baking dish and sprinkle with additional chocolate chips, gently pressing down the chocolate chips. Freeze for 1 hour, or until firm, then cut into squares.