Paleo Granola Bars

Granola bars are usually packed in your backpack when you go hiking and need a snack to keep your body going and your hunger at bay. Unfortunately, these delicious bars aren’t paleo and usually contain grains and weird preservatives. Paleo granola bars then need to be void of grains and anything that wouldn’t work in the paleo diet.

For the most part, these grains are replaced by nuts and seeds, where the “normal” supermarket variety granola bars are full of grains and things like oats and rice. While they contain fruit and nuts, they also contain  heaps of sugar.  

So how do we make delicious paleo granola bars that are good enough for kids to eat and easy enough to take on a hike or mountain bike ride?

Lets see!

Super Nut Based Paleo Granola Bars

These bars are pretty easy to make if you have all the ingredients lying around. There is actually a good chance you might if you do lots of paleo cooking!

What you’ll need:

  • Depending on the quantity you want to make, around 2.5 cups of nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Shredded coconut, about the same amount as the nuts you use
  • Coconut oil, around a quarter cup will work fine
  • You can add honey for sweetness, try half a cup to start with
  • Add a little bit of salt
  • A touch of vanilla

How to prepare:

  • Crush or cut up the nuts and seeds and throw them into a bowl
  • Depending on what kind of texture you want in your paleo granola bars, break up half of the nuts and seeds pretty roughly and use a food processor to make the remaining nuts and seeds a little finer
  • Add fruit into the bowl along with the dried coconut

How to cook:

  • Use a pan on the stove to cook the honey, vanilla, oil, salt and cinnamon(if you like). Just keep cooking at a medium heat until some bubbles start forming
  • Pour the mixture(which by now should be smelling awesome!) over the nut and fruit mixture
  • Stir the mixture making sure that everything it’s all blended properly
  • Press the mixture into a baking tray lined with wax paper. Make sure the mixture is compacted properly
  • Let the mixture cool for around 3 hours and then cut it up into bar sized portions

Once you have all the bars cut out, you can package them however you’d like. Perhaps keep it simple and use some kids school lunch bags?  

Because of the relatively large amount of calories present in this recipe due to the nuts, you might want to limit the size of bars if they are intended for your kids. If you are planning on using them for a hiking or high intensity exercise snack like mountain biking, make them however big you want!

They should keep pretty well too, so make a lot and keep them in your bag at work!

Keep well,