These healthy Paleo Cashew Cherry Snack Bars make a great grab-and-go snack.
With ingredients like buttery cashews, sweet dried cherries, crunchy pumpkin seeds and almond butter, these grain-free paleo cashew cherry snack bars offer a high protein treat when you’re feeling low on energy.
These granola bars are naturally sweetened with honey, they’re soft and chewy and just a little bit sticky. They hold together nicely and have that satisfying crunch that every snack bar should have!
I live in an earthquake zone. Earthquakes are very common here, occurring several times a day, but they are so insignificant that we rarely feel them. Recently, however, we had a shaker that roused us from our sleep in the middle of the night. Our Facebook and Twitter feeds lit up immediately as friends and neighbours wondered if this was The Big One we’ve been told, time and again, to expect soon.
The next morning, Denis and I decided it was time to haul out our emergency preparedness kit that we had made years ago. We found it stashed under another couple of boxes, temporarily forgotten about. We tend to get complacent about the need to be ready for a major disaster. Like many who live here, we have that mindset that it won’t happen to us.
Our bin was full of expired packaged food and out-of-date emergency phone contacts. We revamped the kit, packed it in two backpacks, and hung them on hooks in our garage, ready to grab if we ever have to evacuate our home.
One of the items we added were Larabars. They’re a gluten-free energy bar that will tide me over for hours when I’m feeling a little hungry. Individually wrapped, they seemed to be a perfect item to add to our kits to provide a source of nourishment in a catastrophe. I decided they’d be a good snack to keep in the trunk of my car for emergencies as well, but we must have had a lot of emergencies lately, because the entire case is gone!
So yesterday, I decided it was time to make my own healthy treats to have on hand, and these snack bars were the result.
These Paleo Cashew Cherry Snack Bars are easy to make.
- Combine the ingredients in a bowl, mix well until the nuts, dried fruit and seeds are evenly distributed.
- Press firmly into a baking pan.
- Bake, cool, chill, and cut into bars.
- Wrap them individually in a small square of parchment paper and you have a healthy snack, ready to grab from the fridge as you head out the door.
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/3 cups cashews, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cherries, very finely chopped (or dried cranberries0
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup quality dark chocolate or Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips or chocolate morsels, melted (optional garnish)
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, letting the ends drape over the sides of the pan.
- In a medium bowl, mix the honey, almond butter, almond flour, vanilla and sea salt together with a spoon or spatula until well blended.
- Fold in the cashews, cherries and pumpkin seeds and mix until evenly distributed.
- Press very firmly into the prepared baking pan, spreading right into the corners. The bars will be about 1/2 inch thick.
- Bake at 300°F. for 22-24 minutes.
- Cool in the pan. Cool further in the refrigerator before slicing into bars. Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired. Store, individually wrapped, in the refrigerator or freezer.
These bars need a sticky sweetener like honey to hold them together.
Substitute dried cranberries if you don't have dried cherries or if you find them too sweet.
The chocolate drizzle is optional, as the bars are naturally very sweet.