After starting the Paleo lifestyle, I needed healthy snacks. Especially in the first 3-4 days. Man, being a recovering overeater, it was very difficult in the first few days going without carbs. My body was craving super bad. It was difficult controlling my eating.
I ran into this No Bake Granola Bar recipe on the Nuts.com blog and decided to try it.
Honestly, I am not a big “bar” eater – unless it’s a brownie, blondie or some other kind of delicious, yummy bar. Preferably, I like Vanilla Ice Cream on top! Obviously, this is not that. But I needed something filling to curb those “very strong”, you are lacking something, hunger but not hunger cues.
Nuts.com No-Bake Granola Bar
1-1/2 cups rolled oats (I was supposed to use gluten free, but I used some at home that contained gluten for this recipe)
1 cup Peanut Butter (Make your own easily, or I use Smuckers Natural)
1/2 cup pistachios
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup honey (but you can use pure maple syrup or agave)
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup dried tart cherries (I don’t like dried fruit, so I omitted these).
- Line an 8X8 pan with wax or parchment paper.
- Measure all nuts whole, place in a food processor and pulse until chopped. Place into a large mixing bowl.
- Mix all other ingredients with the exception of the chocolate.
- Press into the pan.
- Melt the chocolate 2-4 Tbsp in a double boiler.
- Drizzle chocolate on top.
- Place in fridge for 3-4 hours to set
- Can store in fridge for up to 7 days
In the first week, I ate one a day while the cravings were hard. As time went on, and my body got used to my new way of life, I needed them less and less.
These are great for taking on outings to field trips, co-op days, doctors days, etc.
To get all ingredients, it’s about $40 – and you will be able to make 2 batches!
Do you eat granola/bars? Which ones do you like?