Family Cooking with Healthy Living Market: Paleo Granola Bars

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Last weekend my husband and I went away for three nights without the kids.  That was the longest amount of time we’ve spent with out them and it was wonderful.  Most notable was that I swapped out my large purse which at any given time includes a grocery aisle of snack items, a spare kid mitten or two, crayons and/or Lego mini-figures for a tiny clutch.
My kids have come to expect that there is some snack item hidden on me or in my purse at all times.  Since they somehow feel the need to chew something every 17.352 minutes, I’m usually well stocked. The tiny clutch went back in the closet and the large crumb infested purse is back *sigh*.  I like to try and make homemade snacks as much as possible because it saves a little money and I can control the ingredients most importantly, the amount of sugar.Healthy Living Market
These paleo granola bars are excellent because they are chewy; which the kids love, have lots of flavor and zero added sugar.  It does call for a few ingredients that might be hard to find or expensive {macadamia nuts, pepitas, dried apples, dates}.  Thankfully the bulk section of Healthy Living Market has the hookup so you can buy exactly the quantity you need, and nothing goes to waste.

Paleo Granola Bars (chewy + kid-approved + gluten free)

  • Paleo Granola Bar Ingredients2 cups pitted dates (HLM bulk)
  • 1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts (HLM bulk)
  • 1 cup dried apples (HLM bulk)
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds (HLM bulk)
  • 1/4 cup pepitas/pumpkin seeds (HLM bulk)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or just plain cinnamon

Directions

  1. Place the dates, macadamia nuts, apples, almonds and pepitas in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse sand
  2. Add the melted coconut oil and the spice and pulse again until combined.  
  3. Line a baking dish with wax or parchment paper and flatten the mixture pressing firmly down with your hands until it is spread evenly.  Paleo Granola Bar Steps
  4. Place in refrigerator and let cool for about an hour.  Cut into bars or squares and enjoy.  

**Best to keep these in the fridge for storage.  Double the recipe and freeze the second batch for another week!  

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