Kristin + Corey Paleo Log Blog


Caramel Power Bars with No Caramel
April 7, 2010, 5:05 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Snack Food Recipes | Tags: , , , ,

So, two things:

1) I won’t be keeping up this blog everyday anymore, it’s too time consuming and I’ve got a lot on my plate right now.   We will let you know whether or not we won the Paleo Challenge as soon as we hear.

And, I will post recipes when I come up with a reallllly good one (like last night.)  As I mentioned, Corey is working on a community kind of Paleo recipe website, which I think is REALLY needed.  There are a few great clean eating sites on the web, but there needs to be more, and stuff needs to be searchable and quick.  So yeah, he’s all over that, and we’ll keep you posted on progress, here and over at Aqufit.

2) I talked a lot about Lara bars in the 31 day challenge.  Sometimes, you just feel like something heartier than fruit or a sweet potato half for a snack and the Lara bars often did the trick.  But, they are also pretty high calorie, and also really expensive.  I wanted to make a homemade energy bar that was filling, sweet, and healthy – and last night — booyah.

Caramel Power Bars

These nuggets of delicious chewy goodness don’t actually have any caramel in them, but that’s what they taste like to me.  These are not totally strict Paleo as they do have protein powder and honey in them, but you can negate both of those ingredients for a slightly less sweet but equally satisfying bar.

You will need:

1 cup almond butter (smooth)

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

1/4 cup dried berries (cherries, blueberries and cranberries all work well)

1/2 cup assorted nuts (I used cashews, pecans, and a few sliced almonds)

Any other unsalted seed, nut, or dried fruit filling you can think of – I think dried banana or shredded unsweetened coconut would be amazing!)

2 heaping scoops of vanilla protein powder (we use ISO Sensation Vanilla and it’s my favourite so far.  Corey is an advocate of protein powder for muscle building and I have to say, judging from his body composition, I think he’s on to something.  It certainly hasn’t hurt either one of us.)

Melt almond butter (and honey, and protein powder if desired) on low heat.  Add apple sauce. When easily stirrable, add nuts and berries.

Once all ingredients are coated and gooey, put on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Hungrily lick the spoon and scrape all remnants from side of pot.  This shit is amazing.

Refridgerate for several hours.

Voila!  Your own homemade power bars.

Warning: these are slightly gooey.  If you want to make them less so, refridgerate for longer (or freeze) — or use a bit less apple sauce.  Either way, they’re gonna be good.


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Oh these look great. Thanks! I made the “Lara” bars from the recipe a reader put in the comments here a few days ago. They were easy (took less than 10 minutes) and taste fantastic – honestly 99.9% like a Lara bar. Give them a try too!

Comment by Michelle

Yeah – Michelle, I’m totally making those next! Actually, was going to this time but didn’t have any dates in the house.

Comment by kristincorey

Hey Kristin – Not sure if you’ve read anything about Vega, but the ingredients they use are plants and fruits. I made one of their recipes today and give it two full thumbs up…

Here’s a link to the recipe. I added unsweetened coconut since I didn’t have quinoa.

http://www.vegacommunity.com/profiles/blogs/green-amp-lean-protein-heart

– 3/4 cups soaked dates
– 1/4 cup almonds
– 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
– 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
– 54g Vega Berry flavoured protein powder
– 1/4 cup quinoa (uncooked)
– 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Comment by Expatraveler-Jen

By the way, I’m gonna have to try your recipe above too.. sounds great!

Comment by Expatraveler-Jen

Hi Kristin! I just came across this blog and I’m going to try making your caramel bars, they look good! Here’s a link for another raw energy bar that I found on another website, they are so good, I’ve made many variations of them, they turn out similar in taste to ‘Clif Bars’ if you’ve had those..

http://www.dietdessertndogs.com/2008/05/27/flash-in-the-pan-cocoa-nibbles-or-la-raw-bar/

Thanks for another great blog!

Comment by Tovah

So did you win the crossfit contest? Now that the month is over, how have your eating habits changed?

Comment by Kathy

Hey Kathy – we’re still waiting to hear on the Crossfit contest. I hope so! I can’t imagine anyone being as obsessive about this as we were but you never know – it’s a competitive bunch.

We are still eating paleo – though I have incorporated a little yogurt back in, here and there.

Comment by kristincorey

So – I’ve had a few emails from you guys wondering about the contest.

Long story: the contest prizes were pulled, but the contestants were not told until the challenge was over. This is bullshit, obviously.

The coach at our gym though is going to hold up to his end of the bargain and either give us a free foundations (worth $ 500.00) or three months free rather than the 6 initially indicated in the prize.

Some people don’t know a lot about business and integrity, and that’s all I’ll say about that :-(

Will keep posting here once in a while and will keep you guys posted on our new paleo project too.

K

Comment by kristincorey




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