Energy bars are great snacks for on the go and in a hurry meal grab. Finding one that is Paleo is hard! I mean have you read the ingredients to a lot of these “supposedly” good energy or protein bars? There is a lot of stuff that is not so good for the body! There are a lot of recipes out there, but I thought I would throw my hand in with it.
Dates are a wonderful source of energy, but they are high in sugars. Here is the catch about dates, your body readable absorbs and uses the simple sugars in dates instead of it going through your digestive system and being stored. They are also extremely good source of fiber, vitamin A, tannins, B-carotene, iron, potassium, and calcium. Dates are great anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, and helps prevent easy bleeding (anti-hemorrhagic). They are great anti-oxidants and help prevent lung, liver, and kidney cancer. A neat little fact, dates have been used to break the fast during Ramadan month since ancient times.
Making these bars are a sticky mess, but it makes several bars! Making these ahead of time is the best way as they keep in the fridge for a long time. First you want to get about 15 medium to large medjool dates. IMPORTANT, make sure they are de-stoned!!! The seed in dates are called stones and the seed is in the stone. These is nothing soft about these stones and they do not grind down, so make sure they are pitted so you do not crack a tooth!!! Put the dates and coconut oil in a food processor till a sticky ball is made.
Put the sticky ball into another bowl and add the coconut and nuts and squeeze together with your hands. Make sure your nuts are chopped very small or the dates will not stick together well.
You can either press out the entire nut/date ball and cut square out. I get sushi molds and press the mixture into bars. They are even and I know how much goes into each bar then. You can find cute presses in the shapes of all kinds of things. I happened to have a fish press, and the peeps at the box loved the fishes…kids will too!
A lot of recipes I saw, just put the bars into the fridge. I wanted to bring out some of that candy sweetness, so I put them into the oven at 250 degrees for 6 min, cooled them, and then put into the fridge….they are awesome!
These lovely lil’ Paleo Energy Bars are great, fast snack packed full of great body loving food!
- 15 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 c coconut oil
- 1/4 c coconut flakes, unsweetened, shredded
- 1/4 c sunflower seeds
- 1/4 c pecans, finely chopped
- 1/4 c pistachio, finely chopped
- 1/4 c pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 c almonds, finely chopped
- 1/4 c walnuts, finely chopped
- Put dates and coconut oil in food processor till a sticky ball forms.
- Move sticky ball to another bowl and add all other ingredients. Mix with hands till all nuts and coconut shreds are incorporated.
- Press mixture into molds.
- Bake at 250 degrees for 5-6 minutes.
- Cool, and store in fridge for up to a month.
- I use sushi molds to make the same size bars and to make sure the bar is packed tight.