Packed with nuts, dates and a hint of cinnamon, these Paleo Nut Energy Bars are great for an afternoon snack.
Today I’m sharing with you something on the healthier side. After the sweet rolls, chocolatey cookies and rich cheesecakes that I’ve been sharing with you lately, we all need something we can eat and feel good about afterwards.
Enter: Paleo Nut Energy Bars. Gluten free, grain free, sugar free and dairy free. And yet still slightly sweet and cinnamony.
I came across a recipe called “Rocket Fuel” in a cookbook titled Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook. I loved this cookbook because it is filled with just what it says…paleo recipes that you can fix for your family with everyday ingredients. You can check out all of Sarah’s cookbooks here. Although I’ve only seen one, I can imagine that they are all worth buying.
I took that recipe for rocket fuel and changed it up just a bit to make energy bars that I could make up a batch of and pull out when I needed them. Whether it is for breakfast, a pre-workout energy boost, a later afternoon I-can’t-wait-until-dinner snack, these energy bars have become a regular in our house.
Ready in under 30 minutes, the paleo snack bars are super easy to whip up. You’ll use your Ninja Express Chop or food processor (anyone want to buy me that for Christmas?) to chop up pecans, walnuts, almonds and dates into small pieces. I find sometimes that the dates are hard to chop up because they are sticky. If I put a few dates in with the nuts while they are chopping, it seems to help them get chopped into nice little pieces much better. I have also used kitchen scissors to cut the dates into tiny pieces. That works just as well!
You’ll mix up all of those protein-packed nuts and sweet dates and add in egg whites, cinnamon and a touch of vanilla.
I make our bars in a 9×13 pan. Line it with oven-safe parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray the it with some coconut oil spray so that the bars don’t stick to the paper.
Press the mixture into the pan and bake it at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes. When the bars are done, you can pull up on the wax paper and use a pizza cutter to slice your energy bars into the size bars that you’d like. I cut mine into 16 rectangles.
Dates are rich in natural sugar and carbohydrates, which gives these best paleo energy bars such an awesome kind of sweetness. Yes, I know that dates should be eaten in moderation on a paleo diet due to their sugar content, but we are a family of runners and they are a good, quick dose of carbs when we are preparing for a long run. Please do check the ingredients label on your dates. Many from the store have added sugar, but you can find them without added sugar. The only thing listed on the ingredient label should be: Dates!!
I store my paleo nut bars in the freezer. Like, way back in the freezer, hidden from sight so that the kids don’t eat all of them. And even though I like them at room temperature, eating them cold makes me feel like I’m having a special treat. They’re so good.