So…as usual, I am hooked on the latest and greatest! I have been researching The Paleo Diet and the Primal Blueprint for a few weeks now. I have been dairy/grain/suagr free for about 2 months now, but am trying to figure out how to fuel my body best. So far, I am loving the energy that comes from the Paleo diet! At first, I noticed more of a difference in my waist size. But now, I find that it’s creeping up a little bit. Not to be discouraged, I started food logging on Livestrong.com again to find out where I was ending up each day.
One of the struggles I come up against is snacks. Now, I am all for veggies, nuts and some fruit, but I miss my bars! I used to eat all kinds of bars! I have a few recipes that I like (Oh My Blueberry Bars are my favorites), but I was looking for something different.
So, today, I found a great recipe on a fellow Crossfit/Paleo pals blog that I thought I would give a whirl. Here it is, courtesy of Crossfit Fenrir)
Grok Bars (“Grok” is the Caveman name described in the diets,fyi)
1 Cup Mixed Nuts + Seeds (I used pumpkin seed, almonds and
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup crunchy almond butter (I made walnut butter instead)
1/4 cup coconut oil (I used Earth Balance)
1/4 cup almond meal ( or alternatively simply pulse approximately
1/4 cup of almonds until it creates a coarse flour)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp of raw organic honey (I used 1 tablespoon Organic Apple Butter)
*3/4 cup whey protein powder (I used 1 scoop)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dried goji berries
*(I may or may not have added some unsweetened chocolate chunks- 3
*1/4 cup unsweetened coconut to sprinkle on top
- On a cookie sheet, toast nuts+seeds and shredded coconut until golden brown.
- Once toasted, pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts+seeds are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground (sort of the consistency of bread crumbs).
- In a mixing bowl, melt coconut oil and almond butter (about 30 seconds). Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.
- Add vanilla extract, honey and sea salt. Mix thoroughly.
- Fold in nut mixture, almond meal and protein powder until mixed thoroughly.
- Add whole egg and mix thoroughly.
- Fold in goji berries.
- Press mixture into an 8 by 8 loaf pan (a modification that we made to keep everything crisper and help the bars to hold together).
- Cook in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle a ¼ cup of shredded coconut on top and place under broiler until top begins to brown.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces/bars.
- Enjoy or stack on wax paper/parchment and store in an airtight container.
These are by far one of my favorite bar recipes! Not too sweet, not too salty- perfecto! Next time, I am adding in dried apricot and carob chips!! Sorry for the lame pics, had to snap some of the last ones before the disappeared!