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Patrick Paleo Bars

Perfect with coffee!

Perfect with coffee!

I will be the first one to tell you that I am not the best cook in the world. I'm not even the best cook among my friends! Two years ago, I thought meal prepping consisted of ordering a big plate of Thai food and rationing it out for five days worth of leftovers (which really ended up being two days, let's be honest). Meal prepping to this capacity is still very new to me, and every day I am excited to try new recipes and overwhelmed by the creativity and passion put into cooking. It's a deeper form of communication that was not really spoken to me. And I appreciate being part of the dialogue now.

Deconstructing an existing recipe takes a certain creativity and art. It's easy to just pick up anything pre-made from the market, rip the package open, and eat. Making something from nothing is what makes cooking so special. My friend Patrick did just that with these Patrick Paleo Bars. There are countless Paleo bar recipes on the market, and only so many ways to combine almonds and fruit. But here we have another, equally delicious and filling Paleo bar, inspired by Perfect Bars, blended in a way that will make you appreciate that unique combination of nuts and fruit and creativity.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 24 dates
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 3/4 tbsp coconut oil

Steps:

  1. Throw all ingredients in a food processor and grind until mixture is a fine meal.
  2. Dump mixture onto a cookie sheet and press to desired thickness (I did mine about 1/5 inch).
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  4. Cut into bars.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

 I love having these bars as an afternoon snack to get me through the rest of the work day. They soften rather quickly at room temperature, so it's best to refrigerate them until you're ready to eat! Check out Patrick's Instagram account for more tasty treats and other things food, New York, and fitness!

16 g fat/24g carbs/7.2g protein/267 calories (per serving out of 10 servings)

Note: I am not a nutritionist, and the above f/c/p breakdown is an estimate. Please consult a physician or dietician before embarking on a regimented diet.