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Paleo Made Easy - Energy Bars & Raw Brownie Bites

There can be so much confusion when it comes to the Paelo diet. Some people say it's simply a fad where you only eat meat and others have no idea what it actually involves.

For me, there are some Paleo recipes which I swear by (including these two recipes!), however I certainly don't live a Paleo lifestyle - far from it! I haven't eaten red meat in nearly 3 years and gave up all other forms of meat (fish excluded) 2 years ago.

What I love about these recipes is that they steer away from processed ingredients and focus on the natural goodness of fruit, seeds and nuts. They are also super quick and easy to make and they taste delicious. The perfect on-the-go snack for you and your family!

Energy Bars

Ingredients:

1 Cup Almond Meal

1 Cup Semi Dried Cranberries / Craisins

1 Cup Pitted Medjool Dates

1 Tbsp Shredded Coconut

1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs

Pinch of Ground Cinnamon

Pinch of Ground Cloves

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until all of the ingredients start to come together into a ball.

If you find the mixture is quite dry, add 1 Tsp of water at a time until all the ingredients clump together.

Scrape down the sides making sure you get all of the mixture and turn onto a square baking tray lined with baking paper or cling wrap.

Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the tray and wrap in cling wrap.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and then cut into your desired bar size.

Wrap each bar in cling wrap and store in the fridge until ready to consume.

This recipe will provide you with 8 bars (roughly, depending on the size you choose to make them) and they will last for 7 days.

Raw Brownie Bites

Ingredients:

1 Cup Walnuts

1/2 Cup Cashews

Pinch of Himalayan Salt (Grounded)

1 Cup Pitted Medjool Dates

1 Tbsp Vanilla

1/3 Cup Raw Cacao Powder

Mix the walnuts, cashews and salt in a food processor and blitx until the nuts are finely ground.

Add the dates, cacao and vanilla and blitz until all of the ingredients have combined.

Add a few drops of water to the mixture to make it all come together.

Transfer the mixture to a a square silicone tray* and press the mixture in firmly and evenly.

Refrigerate for at least one hour and then cut into your desired square size.

This recipe will provide you with around 12 squares and if kept in the fridge, they will last for 7 days.

*When it comes to silicone baking trays, make sure you know what you are buying. There are some really cheap and nasty brands on the market that are littered with 'fillers'. These fillers are the nasty chemicals that expand and release into your food when the trays are heated. To test the quality of silicone, pinch the silicone and if you see white, stay away! Silicone which does not change colour when pinched is usually safe to work with. Invest in good quality products and when in doubt - do the pinch test!

Like all of my recipes, these can be used as a canvas to add or remove any ingredients to suit. Adding a few drops of peppermint or orange oil to the brownie bites totally change the taste and complexity of the brownies! Have a play and see what you and your family prefer - I guarantee they will both be a hit!

Love & Light

xx Sandra Stoitis xx