Homemade Snack Bars with Cashews, Dates and Almonds
Don’t hate. I found the recipe for these healthy snack bars in the It’s All Good cookbook by Gwenyth Paltrow. Some people find her cringe-worthy. I don’t. Some of her recipes are good, like these snack bars. I changed a few things, such as using almonds in addition to cashews. They’re delightful and they taste so much better than store bought snack bars.
Hey hey hey. Happy Monday! Did you enjoy the nice long New Years weekend? Did you have a long weekend? I did and I totally enjoyed it. I was a totally lazy couch potato on Thursday. On Friday, Ken and I went to Palm Beach Gardens to shop at my favorite kitchen store Sur La Table. I actually left empty handed. But then we went over to Whole Foods, which is right next door, and I did not leave empty handed. Hello tons of granola bars, coconut milk products and fresh broccoli. Weird combo, right? I also bought some peanut and almond butters, which started with me loitering around the peanut butter isle. Of course, Ken had to make jokes – we’ve been here forever, looking at peanut butter. It wasn’t really forever but to a guy, 5 minutes in an isle of a grocery store can seem like forever.
Saturday and Sunday were just like every other Saturday and Sunday – a combination of cleaning, grilling and enjoying a few beers.
Did you make any New Years Resolutions? I typically don’t make any resolutions – if I want to do something, I start doing it. However, I have a problem with cleaning my house. The problem being that I HATE doing it. So, being the silly gal that I sometimes can be, I said my resolution was to clean my house. I started doing that over the long weekend, too. Friday I tackled some dusting (OMG, some things were horribly covered in dust!) and my kitchen. We can find stuff in our pantry again and we now have a little more room in our cabinets. Yay! Now I just have to do the rest of the house.
Let’s talk Homemade Snack Bars. These homemade snack bars are the first I’ve ever made. And they are so SO good. I took some to work and everyone liked them. Ken even liked them, too! The recipe is a simple recipe. You can throw all of the ingredients in your food processor and pulsate until blended. Then all you do is press the bar batter into a pan, top with melted dark chocolate and refrigerate until firm.
I wouldn’t totally call these bars healthy homemade snack bars. They are gluten free, so I filed them under Healthy Recipes. They aren’t low sugar, nor are they low fat. BUT, they are under 300 calories per bar and they are pretty filling. You can reduce the amount of maple syrup and honey used to reduce the sugar. You could also cut back on fat and calories by drizzling the bars with chocolate or creating a thinner layer of chocolate rather than topping them with a thick layer of chocolate. I made these snack bars again and just drizzled with a little chocolate and they were still just as good! If you decide to drizzle with chocolate or create a thinner layer of chocolate, just reduce the chocolate to about 1/2 C and the coconut oil to 1 tsp.
These gluten free Homemade Snack Bars are packed with raw cashews and almonds, dates and coconut flour. They're sweetened with honey and maple syrup. And for an extra boost of flavor, they're topped with a delicious layer of dark chocolate! Adapted from It's All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow.
Homemade Snack Bars with Cashews, Dates and Almonds
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 21mg Carbohydrates: 27g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g
These gluten free Homemade Snack Bars are packed with raw cashews and almonds, dates and coconut flour. They're sweetened with honey and maple syrup. And for an extra boost of flavor, they're topped with a delicious layer of dark chocolate!
Adapted from It's All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow.
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oh yum, Julie! This is really my kind of snack. Scheduled to share on facebook. Thanks for the recipe, have a great day!
Thanks so much, Paula!
These look so, so good! Can’t wait to try them!
Thanks Sharon! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
I sooooo want some of these!!
OHHH I just made some more. I should totally ship some to you! ;)
Oh theses bars look divine Julie!
Thank you, Emily!
These sound so delicious! We love making our own granola bars and loving the cashews and coconut in yours!
Thank you, Meg!
Good for you! Our house is constantly cluttered somewhere and it needs some resolutions for sure :) I love these bars Julie, they look even better than storebought. They remind me of a fancy dessert actually, with that chocolate topping! Haha I could spend hours in Whole Foods and a good chunk of that on the nut butter aisle too. What a fantastic recipe! Pinning!
My house is a little cluttered – I call it organized chaos. LOL. I can’t stand cluttered messes, they make me feel claustrophobic, so I usually have those in check (well except for my pantry and cabinets, but I can’t see those messes unless I open doors or cabinets!) but dusting, toilet cleaning and floor cleaning, pfft. ;) Thanks for stopping by, Mary Frances! Have a great week!
Sur la Table and Whole Foods is my idea of a perfect day! These snack bars look so awesome, just what I need after my run!
I’m with you on the house leaning :( NO fun at all, but I love when it’s done, and these snack bars look SO good
Oh I love when it’s done, too. Then I not so secretly wish it would forever stay clean. Seriously, I’ve thought about hiring cleaners to come once or twice a month to do a good cleaning. Ah, maybe one day! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the compliment, Heather!
So glad you had such a nice relaxing weekend, and got so much done! These bars look fantastic!
I would love one of these bars right now! I can’t believe how smooth that topping looks. Perfection! Thanks for including a link to my snack bars!
That topping, oh man. It was good. And I was totally surprised that it turned out so smooth! Thanks so much for stopping by, Ashley!
Hi Julie! These snack bars look fantastic! I love that you used cashews, almonds, and dates in these…definitely a perfect combination! They look so delicious and full of flavor, such a great reward for cleaning (which I need to tackle more of, too)!
Hi Gayle! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your wonderful comment! I made another batch of these bars yesterday and boy oh by have I enjoyed a couple already.
Have a wonderful week! :)
these look amazing! yum!
these look like great additions to lunch boxes. i am going to bookmark this to make for my kids next week.
Thank you! Hope you and your kids enjoy them as much as I did! :)
Yay for getting some cleaning done. I still need to reorganize everything after the holidays and keep putting it off. These bars look perfect, Julie! I am swooning over that gorgeous chocolate topping and love the cashews, almonds and dates in here!
Oh I still have so much more cleaning to do, Kelly! Maybe I will get it done sometime this year. ;) Thanks for stopping by, Kelly!
These look so delicious! As of yesterday we are all going gluten-free in my household. My husband is going full paleo while my toddler and I are just cutting out gluten and most refined sugars. I might try making this with almond butter instead of peanut butter. How do you get your squares to be so clean-cut with such sharp edges?! It’s amazing! In any case, I am definitely making these! Thank you very much!
Oh wow that’s awesome, Meggan! I’ve tried to cut out gluten before but I love bread a little too much. But other than that, I could probably cut it out, for the most part. Good luck with your new healthy way of eating! OH and you could totally use almond butter instead. The recipe I based this off of actually called for almond butter. :)
As far as cutting the squares goes, I waited until they were really cold to cut them. I used a sharp knife and after each slice, I wiped off the knife to remove any residue the bars left. I made them again over the weekend and I was still able to get a clean cut! Hope you are able to as well. :)
Yum! Love the presentation of these and all the protein :)
Mmm, these look so good, and I’m glad that they have all healthy ingredients in them!
Thanks Christina! They are totally packed with healthy ingredients but they taste so good, too!
all. da. coconut. oil.
On board, again :)
COCONUT oil. It’s one of my favorite things. I have 2 jars in my pantry. :)
Thanks for the link love, Julie!! I am in LOVE with these snack bars!! Pinned and dying to try!
You’re very welcome, Jen! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the pin, too!
These are such a perfect healthy snack!
These look awesome! I love the thick smooth layer of chocolate. Yum!
Thank you, Allison! That layer of chocolate is the BEST!
I made these today! They were definitely a hit. My toddler in particular had trouble being cut off. :) I modified the chocolate topping as you suggested. I used a 3.5 ounce 72% vegan chocolate bar from Trader Joe’s (my favorite chocolate) melted with 1 tsp. coconut oil. It was more than a drizzle of chocolate on top but a much thinner layer than what you have. Obviously your version would be better, but the way I did it worked enough. After subbing almond butter for the peanut butter, I can say this treat is Paleo too! Thanks again for such a great recipe. :)
You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by to let me know you tried the bars! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. Now I’m going to have to give them a try with almond butter. Good thing I just picked up a new jar of almond butter from Whole Foods last week. :)
Thanks again for stopping by!
I just tried this recipe last night and it is delicious! I cut back on some of the chocolate and they are still rich and tasty. I am already looking forward to my lunch today because I have one of these guys in it!
Yay! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by to let me know. :)
I love all the delicious and healthy ingredients packed inside these to make them tasty and not TOO bad for us. I too hate cleaning my house, like hate it. My poor husband ends up doing most of the cleaning, while I only help him a little bit, maybe that’ll be one of my goals too!
Then I’ll reward myself with one of these!
Glad you like these bars, Aimee!
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Omg I have just put these into the fridge, and can already give 5 stars without even adding the choc layer, or chilling them lol. The mixture is delicious!! Have just received a big order of cashews, almonds, coconut flakes and coconut flour, so this recipe ticked all the boxes. Thanks, from over here in New Zealand :-)