Well it seems winter is here is Michigan now. The snow is falling from the sky and the Weather Channel has issued an advisory, only to end it early. I’ve come to realize if snow is going to fall from the sky, we will get some sort of advisory. Seems a few snow flakes can’t fall without an advisory being issued. Not really sure what the purpose is for an advisory if they are going to be issuing them constantly, kinda like the little boy who cried wolf.
With cold weather brings a desire to eat comforting food. I loved oatmeal growing up as a kid. My dad use to make it on Saturday’s and fill it with green apples, raisins and sugar. This recipe is very versatile and can be used as a base to lots of great toppings! As I have grown up, I come to love adding dark cherries to mine. The options really are endless…
I like simple and easy! These almond butter bars are both. All the work can be done in a food processor, then dump into a pan and bake. I do not know of anything easier than blend, pour and bake. I’m thinking this can be done by someone who is an expert or a novice cook.
I have to share something I’m super excited about….my sister-in-law has been cleared to eat almonds!! As you know many Paleo bake goods have almonds and when I go home I have to be careful not to cross contaminate with her consuming my creations. However, she just got the clear from her doctor she can start consuming the almonds and from my understanding she’s loving her new options!!
Almond butter taste varies from brand to brand. I have consumed many jars of almond butter. I have a few favorite brands and like to rotate them when creating dishes. I urge you to experiment and try different brands with this recipe. Each brand has their own taste!
With school starting soon, my brain has switched to thinking ‘fast and easy’. Some days I need to grab and go. These Paleo nut bars are easy to make and keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge. I have put them in the freezer too and had no problem. If I froze them I would pull them out at breakfast and have them at lunch. These Paleo nut bars have natural protein from the almond butter and nuts. The unsweetened shredded coconut gives them fiber and the dates add natural sugar.
A note on my almond butter. In the fall through spring I leave my almond butter in the cupboard. However, with the warm summer months, I move my almond butter to the fridge. For this recipe my almond butter was in the fridge and I microwaved it for 30 seconds to make it soft to mix the almond and vanilla extract into it.
Paleo Nut Bars
1/2 cup almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup walnut pieces (I pulse in the food processor)
1/2 cup almond slices/slivers
1. Place coconut, walnut pieces and almond slices into a bowl and mix together.
2. Take the 10 dates and pulse in the food processor to form a paste.
3. Add in the date paste to the nut mixture. You will need to use your fingers and squeeze it all together a few times.
4. Next, in a new bowl mix the vanilla and almond extract in with the almond butter.
5. With your fingers mix the almond mixture and nut mixture together.
6. Get an 8×8 pan out and line it with plastic. Make sure the plastic covers the pan and you can use the sides it to help mold the mixture.
7. Place the Paleo nut bar mixture into the fridge for 2-3 hours.
8. Pull the plastic out of the pan and lay the 8×8 square on a cutting board.
9. Cut your desired size bars. You could use cookie cutter and form shapes for a more kid friendly bar.
10. Wrap each bar individually with plastic for easy grab and go traveling.
11. Store your bars in the refrigerator or freezer.