Nut & Fruit Paleo Energy Bars

So I’ve been wanting an easy snack/recovery nibble for after my workouts…

I am not into any of the highly processed recovery drinks and protein shakes/powders available… I wanted something more natural and paleocentric.

Hence this recipe.

I can bring one with me to the gym or keep it in the car for emergencies. It is very shelf stable and doesn’t really need to be refrigerated 🙂 .

2 2″squares are more than enough to tide me over til the next meal when on the run.

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup Cider Vinegar (naturally fermented)
  • 1/8 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Dates (dried, pitted and roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Apricots (dried, roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Organic Figs  (dried, roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Cherries (dried)
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Coconut (shredded, unsweetened)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Pour cider vinegar and water over dates and let soak for 10 minutes.
  4. Place nuts, apricots, and figs in a food processor and pulse a few times until coarsely chopped.
  5. Add dates with liquid and pulse until mixture starts to stick together.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
  7. Add cherries, coconut and seeds, kneading the batter until all is well incorporated.
  8. You can roll out the dough into thin sheets and cut squares out of it or use cookie cutters to make different shapes.
  9. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Repeat until all batter is used up.
  11. Bake 10-12 minutes. Using a heatproof spatula, gently turn bars over and bake another 10-12 minutes, or until nuts are toasted (but before fruit begins to burn).
  12. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

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