One of the things that can sometimes be difficult about 4 hour body recipes or Paleo/SlowCarb diets are the lack of sweets. My cravings for sugary, doughy sweets are pretty much all but gone – but I still crave that basic sweetness that comes from fruits and certain snacks.
One of the best tasting sweets I’ve found are the Lara bars – these things are insanely basic. They have no preservatives and only a handful of ingredients. Look at a package and you’ll see at most 4 or 5 items in the ingredient list. From what I understand they use a double packaging method that allows the bars to stay without using preservatives.
All this is great, except at a cost of about $6.00 for 4 bars, they are a bit pricey.
I decided to try to make my own version – which I call Masekul* Bars. If you like no-bake cookies or oatmeal cookies – these are the thing for you. These also make perfectly safe cheat day snacks. BONUS: My kids love them.
- 1 bag of dried dates
- 1/3-1/2 Cup each of your favorite nuts (I used pecans, macadamia, and slivered almonds)
- 1-2 tbsp of natural sunbutter (sunflower butter) or natural peanut butter (note: pb is no bueno on paleo)
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- pinch of salt (optional)
- 1/2 Cup of raisins (or other dried fruit)
- 1/3 Cup of dark chocolate chips (optional – I used Ghirardelli 60% Cacoa, if you can find higher even better, or omit totally)
Put dates in a food processor and pulse until ground, then add nuts, sun/peanut butter, cinnamon, salt, raisins, chocolate chips (if using) and continue to pulse until everything becomes a thick mixture.
Remove mixture into a mixing bowl. Using a small ice-cream scooper or tablespoon measure – take out two small balls of mixture. Combine like you would a meatball. I keep mine shaped in round balls – but you could make them into bars. Enjoy!
You could pop them in the fridge at this point for quick snacking.
If you’re interested in other helpful paleo-friendly snacks, you should check out my Paleo Sweets Cookbook Review
This is not the best resource for those following Slow Carb – but I really think the recipes would be great for cheat days. I’m pretty much off the whole cheat day bandwagon – but there are times where I want to have a cheat, and these types of sweets would help me avoid having a full-on cheat day and making me feel like crap.
If you try the Masekul* Bars or order the Paleo Sweets book – I’d love to hear feedback from you!
*masekul is for my kids – they like the Lara bars and were the inspiration for my homemade version