Paleo Rise And Shine Bars

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I’m not always able to eat as big a breakfast as I’d like in the morning, so I always like to have something that I can grab on the go if needs be.

I find that these bars are a great little addition to any breakfast, or even just as a healthy snack during the day.

You can vary this recipe as you wish, you might want to substitute the cranberries for raisins or use poppy seeds instead of chia seeds.  As long as you have the binding ingredients right, the bits that stick everything together, then you can concoct your own bar variation based on this one.

This recipe yields about 6-12 bars depending on your desired shape and size of each.

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As always, I like to choose ingredients that have nutritional benefits. So, into each bar I’ve packed nuts, seeds, dried fruit, honey and coconut oil, thus providing energy, omega 3 and vitamins C and E.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup of cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of honey/agave
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (totally optional)

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C,  and prepare a deep tray or tin (mine is a 9 inch) by greasing with some coconut oil.
  2. In a blender,  add the nuts and cranberries and whiz them together for about 40 seconds, you just want  them roughly chopped.
  3. Add in the honey and coconut oil on top, and blend everything for a further 20 seconds or so.
  4. Transfer the sticky yummy mess to a bowl, and mix in the pumpkin and chia seeds with a spoon.
  5. Then spread the mixture evenly onto your tray, the bars should be about 1 inch in thickness.
  6. Bake them for 20-25 minutes, but do keep an eye on them.
  7. When the mixture is golden brown in color, remove from the oven, and allow to cool completely in the tray.
  8. Then, carefully cut your bars into  your preferred shape and size.

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Don’t worry if the bars crumble a bit, they don’t contain additives so it happens from time to time.

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