Paleo Nut Bar gluten free vegan

Paleo Seed & Nut Bars – No Bake (paleo/vg/gf)

These Paleo Seed & Nut Bars are quick, easy and all kinds of healthy delicious. Free from grains, gluten, refined sugar, dairy and eggs. Packed with protein, good fats, and fiber for healthy skin, hair and nails, as well as hormone, digestive and immune health. Perfect for a healthy afternoon snack and school lunch boxes to satisfy a sweet tooth!

After including nuts and seeds into my daily diet I noticed a big difference in the health of my skin. I like them best as mid-afternoon snack to keep my energy up, prevent any sugar cravings and keep me satisfied until dinner. Nuts and seeds are packed with protein, fibre, good fats and antioxidants. They contain essential minerals and vitamins, such as zinc (hormones, thyroid, skin health), calcium (muscle and bone health) and vitamin E (protects cells, anti-inflammatory and ageing). Studies have shown regular nut and seed consumption lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

What I love about these ingredients:

Chia seeds: An excellent source of calcium for bone health, and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats for brain and heart health, and disease prevention. Chia seeds contain high quality protein and are high in fiber for digestive health. The fiber in chia seed is mostly soluble, which means it attracts water in the intestines and forms a gel, helping to eliminate toxins, excess cholesterol, fats and bile.

Pumpkin seeds: One of my favourite “beauty foods” for glowing skin due to zinc, which supports healthy skin and wound repair. Pumpkin seeds are a great addition to the diet for reproductive health, particularly for women around menstruation. A good source of iron (important for red blood cell production and energy), zinc (for reproductive health), and magnesium (which can reduce the severity of cramps, muscle tension and migraines).

Sunflower seeds: A great source of folate for cell repair, growth, metabolism (particularly for amino acids), as well as during pregnancy as it plays a role in DNA and neural tube development. High in the fat-soluble vitamin E, which is important for healthy skin, eyes, immune system and protects against environmental toxins.

Medjool dates: These are my go-to healthy sugar alternative as they provide nutrients and fiber which slows digestion and absorption. Medjool dates are a good source of potassium, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins; nutrients required for bone health and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. They are high in carbohydrates (particularly fructose) and although it is a natural sugar I do limit my intake to small amounts (hence why I have portioned this recipe into 14 bars).

Paleo nut bar

I ordered all my ingredients online from Affordable Wholefoods.

No Bake Paleo Seed & Nut Bars (paleo/vg/gf)

  • Servings: 14
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed raw nuts (almonds, brazil, cashews, walnuts)
  • 1 cup seeds (pumpkin & sunflower)
  • 2 tbls chia seed
  • 3/4 cup medjool dates
  • 2 tbls coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Place nuts and seeds into a food processor and blitz on high until nuts are chopped into chunky pieces.
  2. Add in dates, chia seed, coconut oil, honey, cinnamon. Process again on high until mixture is chopped into small pieces and is sticky.
  3. Line a container with baking paper and spoon mixture in. Press down firmly with a spoon until its tightly packed.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour until set, before cutting into pieces. Best kept in the fridge or freezer before serving.

Enjoy!

♥ Tris

 

References:

  • http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/2/7/652/htm
  • http://jn.nutrition.org/content/138/9/1741S.short
  • http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07315724.2011.10719996
  • http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/415912
Advertisements

Leave a Reply