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Anyone have a good Paleo energy bar recipe?

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Created February 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM

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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4218 · February 04, 2012 at 4:51 AM

No concerns about eating flaxseed?

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2099 · February 12, 2011 at 3:23 AM

I think paleo is a tremendous amount of fun. I have tons of fun thinking about all the processed, artificially colored, flavored and sugar-laden garbage that I'm *not* spending my hard-earned money on. Every time I pass all the aisles full of processed grain without buying a single thing, I am having fun. Every time I hear a commercial that fails to induce me to buy some sort of processed crap, I have fun.

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2099 · February 12, 2011 at 2:45 AM

What about pemmican? Isn't that the original paleo energy bar?

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9812 · February 11, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Yeah, def true about the dates! I'm not a big fruit eater so I don't sweat havin em once a week or so. The YouBars turned out pretty good! My only issue is if I do the pumpkin spice recipe again, I'll ask for "more nuts" and extra cinnamon and ginger; I found it a little bland. Mine ended up with about half the sugar as a Larabar, and I made the boyfriend another bar for valentines day; hopefully he likes it!

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20787 · February 11, 2011 at 5:13 AM

I have a LOT of fun eating steaking multiple times a week! ;-)

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20787 · February 11, 2011 at 5:12 AM

The prob with dates are they are like concentrated sugar bombs!

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20787 · February 11, 2011 at 5:12 AM

I do a similar thing but there are a variety of things to add. Sometimes I add dark chocolate chips. Sometimes bits of fresh chopped banana. Small bits of pecan nuts are also very nice as they add a crunchy texture.

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225 · February 11, 2011 at 3:02 AM

I grind up some pork rinds instead.

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742 · February 10, 2011 at 9:05 PM

I make this one all the time, and shape them into bars instead of balls: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cocoa-and-coconut-snacks/

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3651 · February 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

you will have to let us know how the youbars turn out.

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3651 · February 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

some places like Yes Organic have almond grinders for fresh almond butter...

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3651 · February 10, 2011 at 8:32 PM

haha, sorry i will keep the fun down over here. contrary to popular belief tho, paleo can be fun! most of the fun bars involve squats and deadlifts tho.

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3651 · February 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

one nice thing about blue diamond is that almost all their products are gluten free (except the soy sauce almond ones...)

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4283 · February 10, 2011 at 8:22 PM

moist. I almost forgot. Refrigerate.

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7970 · February 10, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Oh yeah. Palm oil (probably not too bad) but also evaporated cane juice (AKA sugar).

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7970 · February 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM

What does Blue Diamond add to the almond butter to keep the oil emulsified? I won't touch their nut snack packs - they're usually drenched in canola/cottonseed/peanut/sunflower oil. Even their dry roasted almonds (at least the flavored ones) have crappy additives like sugar and goodness knows what else.

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7970 · February 10, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Just make sure the meatloaf isn't made with breadcrumbs!

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1132 · February 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

sounds good, does it come out moist or crunchy?

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4283 · February 10, 2011 at 6:34 PM

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.

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20787 · February 11, 2011 at 5:12 AM

I do a similar thing but there are a variety of things to add. Sometimes I add dark chocolate chips. Sometimes bits of fresh chopped banana. Small bits of pecan nuts are also very nice as they add a crunchy texture.

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3651 · February 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

some places like Yes Organic have almond grinders for fresh almond butter...

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3651 · February 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

one nice thing about blue diamond is that almost all their products are gluten free (except the soy sauce almond ones...)

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4283 · February 10, 2011 at 8:22 PM

moist. I almost forgot. Refrigerate.

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7970 · February 10, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Oh yeah. Palm oil (probably not too bad) but also evaporated cane juice (AKA sugar).

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7970 · February 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM

What does Blue Diamond add to the almond butter to keep the oil emulsified? I won't touch their nut snack packs - they're usually drenched in canola/cottonseed/peanut/sunflower oil. Even their dry roasted almonds (at least the flavored ones) have crappy additives like sugar and goodness knows what else.

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1132 · February 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

sounds good, does it come out moist or crunchy?

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1600 · February 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

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.

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1132 · February 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Mark's daily apple has a few recipes, I particulary liked this one: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-energy-bar-redux/

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742 · February 10, 2011 at 9:05 PM

I make this one all the time, and shape them into bars instead of balls: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cocoa-and-coconut-snacks/

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9812 · February 10, 2011 at 7:47 PM

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

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9812 · February 11, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Yeah, def true about the dates! I'm not a big fruit eater so I don't sweat havin em once a week or so. The YouBars turned out pretty good! My only issue is if I do the pumpkin spice recipe again, I'll ask for "more nuts" and extra cinnamon and ginger; I found it a little bland. Mine ended up with about half the sugar as a Larabar, and I made the boyfriend another bar for valentines day; hopefully he likes it!

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20787 · February 11, 2011 at 5:12 AM

The prob with dates are they are like concentrated sugar bombs!

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3651 · February 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

you will have to let us know how the youbars turn out.

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225 · February 10, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Am I the only one who read this and thought "Meatloaf + Bacon". Just kidding, but the above answer is probably your best bet :)

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2099 · February 12, 2011 at 2:45 AM

What about pemmican? Isn't that the original paleo energy bar?

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225 · February 11, 2011 at 3:02 AM

I grind up some pork rinds instead.

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7970 · February 10, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Just make sure the meatloaf isn't made with breadcrumbs!

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0 · June 26, 2013 at 4:38 AM

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

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0 · May 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Cavecooking on youtube has a great recipe for paelo bars

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4218 · February 04, 2012 at 4:48 AM

US Wellness pemmican bars. I get the cherry- and honey-free variety.

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4218 · February 04, 2012 at 4:51 AM

No concerns about eating flaxseed?

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15226 · May 07, 2011 at 4:15 AM

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.

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1932 · February 10, 2011 at 8:03 PM

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.

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2099 · February 12, 2011 at 3:23 AM

I think paleo is a tremendous amount of fun. I have tons of fun thinking about all the processed, artificially colored, flavored and sugar-laden garbage that I'm *not* spending my hard-earned money on. Every time I pass all the aisles full of processed grain without buying a single thing, I am having fun. Every time I hear a commercial that fails to induce me to buy some sort of processed crap, I have fun.

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20787 · February 11, 2011 at 5:13 AM

I have a LOT of fun eating steaking multiple times a week! ;-)

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3651 · February 10, 2011 at 8:32 PM

haha, sorry i will keep the fun down over here. contrary to popular belief tho, paleo can be fun! most of the fun bars involve squats and deadlifts tho.

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