Paleo Granola Bars

These Paleo granola bars are a baked assortment of awesome. So many nuts and seeds, so little time. And that’s exactly why you’ll pack these babies as breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. How amazing are these budding bars? Let me count the ways: Slice almonds, coconut, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almond butter and chia seeds. Plus vanilla and natural sweeteners bring all these flavors and texture together, and bind them in a life-giving conglomeration of organized chaos. You, and your tummy, won’t be disappointed. These bars offer nothing but the best.

Paleo Granola Bars

Total Time to Make: 30 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seed (or flaxseed meal)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water

Optional

  • 3/4 cup cocoa nibs (or your favorite dried fruit)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.  Lightly coat 9×13 inch baking pan with coconut oil,  or line with parchment paper.
  2. Mix chia or flax meal with water in medium mixing bowl, and set aside to congeal.
  3. Chop or briefly pulse pumpkin seeds and walnuts in food processor or bullet blender. Add to bowl with coconut oil, almond butter, sweetener and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Stir in almond flour and baking soda. Then add almonds, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, and Optional cacao nibs or dried fruit.  Stir until well combined.
  5. Scrape batter into baking pan.  Spread evenly and flatten with a spatula or your hand.
  6. Bake in oven for about 20 – 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and cover with sheet of parchment. Press down with spatula, or place oven mitt on parchment and carefully flatten with your hand.
  8. Allow to cool about 20 minutes, then refrigerate for 1 hour.
  9. Cut into bars, and serve chilled or room temperature
  10. Store in an airtight container , preferably in the refrigerator.

Creating a granola bar without oats or grains of any kind could seem like a daunting task. And a haunting taste. But we were up to it. We knew our mission and stuck to our guns. Now we’ll be firing on all cylinders for days to come. Chewing on the nectar of life and ready to get right back into the fray. And we will live to dine another day!

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