On day 12 of a Paleo challenge. Since I am a high endurance runner and nursing a 2 month old, I need high fat, protein snacks. Without them I feel lethargic and have really slow runs. It is amazing the difference when I don’t have higher carb snacks before my runs! Plus, I have noticed the baby sleeps for longer periods when I chow down high carb Paleo snacks.
When I am short on time, my favorite go to bar is a Larabar. They are good, but not outstanding. Trust me when I say that homemade is better!
When my boys were napping on Sunday (a rare miracle), I made these tropical bars. They are fantastic! The biggest gem in them is the dried cantaloupe. Cantaloupe is my least favorite fruit. I hate it with a passion, but in the dried form it is amazingly delish. I also tossed in some dried mango and pineapple. Yummy!
Anyways, give these bars a shot. You will love them.
- 2 C Almonds
- 1 C Pistacios
- 3/4 C Almond Butter
- 1 C Cantaloupe, dried
- 1 C Pineapple, dried
- 1 C Mango, dried
- 1/4 C Water
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- Add dried fruit and water to a food processor. Mix together until fruit is chopped into small pieces.
- Toss in the maple syrup, nuts and almond butter. Blend together until a thick dough forms and nuts are chopped. You made need to stop the food processor a few times to redistribute the dough.
- Press dough into an 8 x 8 pan. Refridgerate for an hour before cutting into squares. Store for three weeks in fridge or several months in freezer.