29 January 2013

paleo fruit and nut bars

29 January 2013

i've been meaning to share this healthy recipe with you for a while - it's easy and makes for a great snack. it's a slightly altered version of the protein bars on multiply delicious, which is one of my favorite sites for healthy recipes.

totally cracked my spatula spreading pressing the mix into the pan

i typically take a granola bar to work to get me through mid-morning, but it's difficult to find bars with limited, healthy ingredients. i'm a big fan of larabar, kind, and two moms in the raw bars, but not a fan of the prices. the fruit and nut bars i'm sharing today are a great grain-free alternative to granola bars and easier on your wallet than packaged bars.

like many of the healthy recipes i have posted, you can substitute ingredients based on your tastes and/or allergies. unfortunately, if you're allergic to nuts, this recipe is not for you - nuts are a central ingredient. i use the golden berry blend from trader joe's, but any dried fruit will work.

a few tips for you:

the bars keep best in the fridge. eat them within one week or freeze for later.

you can substitute almond meal for flax meal, as well as the nuts listed for any others.

try adding 1 tbsp. of chia seeds or wheat germ for extra nutrition. or 1/3 cup chocolate chips; just make sure you add the chocolate chips after processing the rest of the ingredients.

fruit and nut bars

• 1 ½ cup sliced almonds
• 1 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/3 cup almond meal
• ½ cup dried fruit
• ¾ tsp. cinnamon
• ½ tsp. vanilla
• ½ tbsp. honey
• 4 tbsp. water

1. place almonds, walnuts, almond meal, dried fruit, cinnamon, and vanilla in food processor and process until combined.

2. pulse in honey and water until ball begins to form.

3. remove from processor and spread into 8x8” pan and refrigerate for 1 hour. cut into 2x4” bars and serve.
makes 8 bars.

click here for a printable recipe card!


Taylor said...

these look so delicious! cant believe they cracked the spatula ha!


Annie said...

I love this post! I'm honestly a bar addict. I eat them constantly, and Larabar and Kind are two of my definite favorites, but you're right, depending on where you get them they can be quite pricey. I've always loved the idea of making my own, perhaps now I finally will!

Susan said...

Oh yum! I'd definitely devour these, I want to try this!

classiq said...

I so enjoy your healthy recipe posts, Ashley. Can't wait to try this one. :)

Alyssa Longobucco said...

These remind me of Luna bars. Love your healthy recipes!

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Emily Marie {Isnt That Charming} said...

Sounds delicious! These would be great to give as a healthy Valentine's Day alternative from cookies! It'd even be fun to cut these into heart shapes. (Can you tell I've got the holiday on my mind?)

Fit With Flash said...

what a great recipe. i'll have to try these out. thanks, chica! PS, i'll be in Chi-town in March. we should try to grab lunch tea again! : )

Alexa said...

Yum those look so delish!

Lindsay Kauffman said...

Yum! Sounds so good! And I like that you can make a whole batch and have them in the fridge for the week...I will be pinning this! :)

Private Investigators said...

Yummy looking. I love to eat Nut bars. Looks like its a little simple to make. I will try this out for sure. I’m happy I’ve found this post.

Punctuation Mark said...

delicious and healthy... YUM!

katieokeefeblog said...

Last year, m husband and I stuck to a fairly strict Paleo diet for about 4 months, lost weight and felt really good. Since the holidays, we've lost our discipline, but our getting back on track. I'll have to try these bars out this week, they look amazing!

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