Nut “Granola” Bars – Grain Free, Gluten Free

When one thinks “keto” they generally don’t think “convenient”.  This is certainly true. But, as anyone who has been following keto for awhile knows – putting in the effort is worth it. And, it’s really fun to get in the kitchen and see what you can create with all these amazing real foods we eat. But, sometimes, especially when it comes to kids, having a quick to grab snack is really helpful. So, invention is the mother of necessity. After one failed attempt (and throwing away a pan of expensive ingredients)… I got this right. I made them for the third time over the weekend and they were much better than the last batch. So, with that, I am ready to blog them. 🙂

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Ingredients:

3 cups dry ingredients – you choose what works for you – I have used peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, etc.  In this particular batch I used one cup peanuts (from Aldi), 1.5 cups salted almonds (also from Aldi) and 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flake.

1/2 cup Stevia in the Raw

4 squares of Lindt 90% Dark Chocolate

2 large eggs

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 325. In a food processor (I use and love this one – great value for what it is) add nuts, coconut, stevia, 2 squares of the dark chocolate (break it up into smaller pieces before you toss it in). Then pulse until everything is in small pieces (don’t go too long or you will just end up with powder 🙂 ). Then crack both eggs into the food processor. Pulse again just until it is well mixed in. It’ll be a crumbly, but gooey texture. Use a rubber spatula to press it firmly into a well greased 8×8 metal pan. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool. Heat the other two squares of chocolate to melted, drizzle over the top. Place in freezer for a few minutes to harden. Then cut them IN THE PAN. I get 16 bars out of mine. Use a metal spatula to remove. I keep mine in snack baggies in the kid’s snack bucket in the refrigerator. Honestly, I think they would be fine in the pantry for a few days, but I keep them there because they aren’t gone in a few days and that is just where the kid’s snacks are.

 

Macros: Calories: 151, Protein: 6g, Fat: 13g, Net Carbs: 3g (5g less 2g dietary fiber).

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