I know you're thinking that "Recovery Paleo Bars" are probably a post-workout snack full of protein. While they are full of protein (and deliciousness), these actually were made to "recover" from a day in normal society with other human beings. This may sound strange, but for those who don't know, I work from home everyday and have become frighteningly used to being in workout clothes and by myself. I am 100% a people-person, but I now get completely exhausted when I reenter the real world and have a day in the life of a typical business professional. After a solid day of 8+ hours of meetings downtown, I took a cab home and immediately changed out of my suit, heels, and stockings. I ate some leftover chicken soup while I finished my work for the day and knew that I would need to create a recovery masterpiece to get back to my normal self. This recipe was inspired by my love of larabars; you can use any nuts/seeds that you like, and I'm sure I will make a ton of variations with different fruits and spices as well. This is an extremely quick and easy recipe that is great for a snack or dessert. These are also great to make ahead of time before a trip so you know you always have something paleo on-the-go.
- 8 oz. of whole pitted dates
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Chop dates in food processor
- Add almond flour until combined
- Put date/almond flour mixture in a mixing bowl and fold in coconut oil
- Add coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, and sliced almonds and kneed with your hands until fully mixed (it will form a thick ball)
- Transfer ball onto parchemont paper and flatten (with hands, rolling pin, wine bottle, etc.) until a thin rectangle is formed
- Trim the edges with a knife to form the shape you want
- Stick in the freezer for 10 minutes
- Take the bars out of the freezer, slice, and enjoy!
- Wrap the leftovers in plastic wrap, and call a friend to come over so you don't eat them all