Paleo Granola Bars

As grains are not included within the Paleo diet, typical granola bars are off the menu. Here is a nice recipe I found and modified just a bit from PaeloMom. Although gathering these ingredients seems like a hassle, these delicious bars are pretty easy to make and really worth it! They are such a great morning or midday snack, and the extra pieces can even be broken up to eat as granola.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1½ Tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened, natural almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 ½ cups sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.  Grease a 9’x13′ baking pan with coconut oil.
  2.  Mix ground flax seed with water and let sit for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Pulse sun flower seeds in a food processor to break up to the size of sunflower seeds.
  4. Add in coconut oil, almond butter, honey and vanilla to the flax mix.
  5. Add almond flour and baking soda and stir to combine.
  6. Add slivered almonds, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and dried cranberries.  Stir to combine.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared baking pan.  Spread out and flatten well with your hand or the back of a spatula.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. After removing from the oven, flatten the bars with the back of a spatula.
  10. Let cool completely before cutting bars & break up the extra to eat as your morning cereal!

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