With its focus on real, unprocessed foods, the Paleo diet is unquestionably healthy. Unfortunately, those fresh, whole foods are not always easy to take on the go. While some Paleo snack bars have begun to hit the market, they can be difficult to find and expensive when found. The good news is with just a few simple ingredients and a short amount of time you can make your own healthy paleo snack bars to enjoy any time!
What You’ll Need:
-1 cup dates, pitted and unsweetened
-1 cup cashews*, raw
-Small pinch sea salt
-Optional flavoring add-ins (choose 1 or 2):
-Unsweetened shredded coconut
-Unsweetened dried fruit of choice (blueberries, cherries, apple)
-1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
*walnuts may be substituted if desired
What to Do:
- Pulse together dates, cashews, and sea salt together in a food processor or high speed blender until a coarse, paste-like consistency forms.
- Transfer to bowl and stir in optional flavor add in choices.
- Form into bar shapes of approximately 1.5 x 4 inches, or preferred size.
- Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
Bonus Tip: try experimenting with other dry fruits and nuts such as figs and walnuts.