Aren’t snacks on-the-go ideal? I love having a quick nutritious treat ready to go for when I find myself in a hurry. It is so great to have something already prepared that won’t spill, wont smell, wont be weird to pull out while in meetings, and that will just hit the spot perfectly.
I highly dislike being hungry; it actually makes me very grumpy, which I dislike even more! You don’t ever want to be around me when my blood sugar levels go down…I might unleash the beast! Am I exaggerating? Nope. Ask my husband. He’ll confirm the beast appearance. It’s ugly. It’s untamable. No one stops the beast…other than food, of course.
A great way to avoid the beast is by taking snacks with me wherever I go. If you were to take a peak in my purse at any given point in time, you’ll find things like hardboiled eggs, sweet potatoes, or plain ol’ grilled chicken breasts. No joke. All of these are sort of smelly and sort of embarrassing to pull out and munch on, wouldn’t you say? But you know what? Avoiding the beast is stronger than the embarrassment. I’ll just take those out, shamelessly, and start eating them all “Gollum-like” (that little beast from the Lord of the Rings that eats meat using solely his hands and teeth). My hubs and I joke about that, since we find ourselves eating like this more often that not.
Anyway, my point is…to avoid the embarrassment and to give my treats a more pleasant flavor, I’ve decided to go with a more of a conventional on-the-go snack. I came up with these sweet, crunchy Paleo Granola Bars! These beauties are incredibly delicious and have proven to give me great energy to push throughout my days. Give them a try!
Tools You’ll Need:
- 8×8″ baking dish
- 2 square pieces of parchment paper (so that each piece is big enough to cover the bottom & the sides of your baking dish)
- Small saucepan
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- 2 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup roasted almonds (slightly chopped)
- 1 ½ cup walnuts (chopped)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- ¾ cup raisins (preferably no sugar added)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Line your baking dish with 1 of your parchment paper squares (make sure sides are covered – see picture below) and set aside.
- Add almonds, walnuts, pepitas, shredded coconut and cinnamon to a mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix these ingredients well.
- Place a saucepan under medium heat and add honey and butter; mix these ingredients together and cook for about 1 minute after it starts bubbling.
- Pour honey/butter mix onto your dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Place the granola bar mixture on the baking sheet. Using your 2nd parchment paper square, push down on the mixture to settle it tight. Do not bake with the top parchment paper (toss it out).
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let cool and refrigerate overnight for it to settle.
- Once it has been refrigerated overnight, cut 4 lines horizontally and 1 line vertically (so that it yields 10 pieces).
- Share these bars with your close friends, and enjoy along with them a delicious and crunchy treat!
* Keep refrigerated.
* Yields 10 bars.
* Nutritional Information (per bar): 331 calories; 32g fat; 29g carbohydrates; 7g protein.