Inspired by an old post about whether people should eat Kind Bars (the answers is no, not really) I thought perhaps some people here have some hacks for Paleo-style energy bars for snacks and on the go meals. I am generally a meat and potatoes paleo with a jerky/nut/coffee type of on-the-run style, but perhaps there are some fun 'bar' recipes out there?
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One Jar of Almond butter (Blue diamond spreadable works best, other brands drain the oil)
Raisins (sparsly used)
1 cup of egg whites or 3 eggs.
2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut
Mix and Bake. It will seem like it won't mix originally but it will. Spread in glass cookware. Bake at 325ish about 10 minutes or so.
I make a quick fudge type snack out of coconut(milk,oil and flaked) and raw cocoa.You can add whatever nuts or dried fruits you want to it.Almonds and unsweetened natural banana chips are what I use when I'm feeling frisky
Two tablespoons each coconut oil,coconut milk 1/4 cup flaked unsweet coconut 1/4 cup cocoa heat cocoa and oil together,add very cold coconut milk. (Consistency should be that of a thick fudge..adjust your ingredients accordingly)Then mix in coconut flakes and your other add ins as desired.Put on wax paper and cool.It's a good quick bite to get you through the afternoon.
Mark's daily apple has a few recipes, I particulary liked this one: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-energy-bar-redux/
I just created some custom bars the other day at youbars.com; I haven't gotten them yet, but they are "guaranteed delicious!" They were pricey, so I probably won't get them often. I made a Pumpkin Spice one with dates (I requested they use half the regular amount), almond butter, pumpkin seeds, pecans, cinnamon, ginger, a little honey, and whey protein. If you're feeling lazy and have some extra cash laying around, it may be a good way to go! ;)
Here's a recipe for coconut bars from my blog- these could probably be baked to make them hold up a little better, but I just had em raw and stored them in the fridge: http://queen-of-the-stoneage.blogspot.com/2011/02/coconut-bars-hand-scrub-repost-from-old.html
Am I the only one who read this and thought "Meatloaf + Bacon". Just kidding, but the above answer is probably your best bet :)
I tried to be 100% percent primal. Here's my try at paleo bars, high protein and energy.
Add following ingredients in 1 cup measures until your desired taste is established: raw Almonds raw almond meal Walnuts walnut meal sunflower kernels chia seeds pepitas flaxseeds, both golden and dark flax meal sesame seeds unsweetened cranberries apricots medjool dates egg white powder hemp protein powder hemp hearts, ground coconut flour goat whey, optional raw,local,unfiltered honey--2 cups
Blend almonds in bullet or other food processor until buttery, no oil needed, do the same with walnuts. save some bulk nut to add chopped. Dice dates,apricots and cranberries to bite size pieces. Add other ingredients raw and as original form as capable. Mix by hand all dry ingredients like protein powders, flour, flax meal, hemp hearts,fruit etc. Add 2 cups honey, do not heat, mix thoroughly, mixture will be stiff and sticky. use non stick canola spray oil to hands and spread in jelly roll pan. Compress and chill, cut into 2oz. bars and bag individually. these are as much protein as lean chix breast or more, high in fiber and energy and not cooked.
Keep refrigerated for best results. No: dairy gluten grains soy peanuts sugar
Cavecooking on youtube has a great recipe for paelo bars
US Wellness pemmican bars. I get the cherry- and honey-free variety.
This is one of my favorite bars: http://www.paleotable.com/2011/10/sweet-potato-recovery-bar.html.
2-3 tbsp raw sprouted sunflower seeds
2-3 tbsp raw sprouted pumpkin seeds
2-3 tbsp raw sprouted flax seeds
2-3 tbsp raw sprouted chia seeds
2-3 tbsp almond butter 2 tbsp coconut oil
6 dates (amount will vary on size and type of dates)
1-2 tsp raw honey (less if I want them as a snack, more if they're for bike rides)
put it all in a food processor and grind it up til its quite fine. It should be a bit moist. if its too dry add coconut oil, almond butter, or honey. Then put on wax paper on a plate and then cover with wax paper. knead it a bit and flatten with the back of a spatula or whatever. put in the fridge overnight and in the morning you can cut them into squares.
but perhaps there are some fun 'bar' recipes out there?
At the risk of sounding like a mean old curmudgeon (truly, I don't mean it that way), I have had more misery generated by "fun" foods than any other single source of pain in my entire life.