The best recipes are the ones that 1. Are easy to make 2. Are delicious and 3. Save you money.
Well, these snack/breakfast bars do all 3! Awesome, right? I have been wanting to make an AIP/ Paleo Snack bar recipe since some time now. I have been buying Lara Bars for my children and they love it. But I wanted to try and make it at home so I could do some cost cutting! Eating a clean diet can be hard on the budget especially if you do not keep a close eye on your grocery purchases.
I also wanted to create an AIP version of ‘Breakfast / Snack Bars‘ since I cannot do some nuts. And my husband also has been following an AIP template for a few weeks. So with that in mind, I decided to use tiger nut flour as the base. However you could easily use almond flour as the base if you are ok with it.
Now another reason I wanted to make an AIP Breakfast bar is because I love this AIP grain free cereal (Eat Lovebird). Ever since I got a chance to review this product, I got hooked as it’s amazing! (You can check out my AIP chicken Nuggets I made using this cereal) Made with clean ingredients and just so delicious ! After avoiding cereal for more than 5 years now, eating these grain free O’s is indeed a very pleasurable experience! I love the crunch factor and I love to add them to my smoothie bowl! So I wanted to use this cereal and make a bar out of it! I highly recommend using this cereal in this bar recipe. However if you do not have access to it, then crushed plantain chips works well as an alternative to the cereal.
Now let’s talk about the toppings – there are lots of things you can add here depending upon whether you are Paleo or AIP.
- For the AIP version, you can use shredded coconut, Lovebird cereal and / crushed plantain chips, raisins, coconut chips, dried apricots.
- For a Paleo version, you can add chopped nuts or seeds additionally. You can also replace tiger nut flour with almond flour.
- Since now I am able to add seeds into my diet, I love to add pumpkin and sesame seeds. I have recently started doing seed cycling and I rotate between pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds which helps to normalize my hormones. Pumpkin seeds and flax seeds are shown to naturally boost estrogen levels and sesame and sunflower seeds can boost progesterone levels owing to their high zinc and Vit E content. If you are still on AIP elimination, you can add other toppings like raisins or dried unsweetened cranberries, coconut chips or dried mango etc.
- So there are lots of options for toppings and you can change it up as you like and per your body’s sensitivities.
One important note about storage – Store the bar in the refrigerator and if you are traveling with them, make sure to keep them in a cool insulated bag as it can get soft with outside temps above 70 F.
Alright, are you ready for the recipe? Here you go! I have made a video tutorial for you too!
- 1 cup Tigernut flour
- ¼ cup collagen peptides
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup Lovebird grain free cereal (You can replace with crushed plantain chips)
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds (OMIT for AIP and use raisins / dried unsweetened cranberries or coconut chips instead)
- ¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup (use 3 tbsp if you are adding raisins)
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp coconut oil or palm shortening, melted
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla powder
- Line a 8 inch by 8 inch brownie pan with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients and mix using a wooden spoon/spatula.
- Then add all the rest of the ingredients and mix well until you get a wet doughy mix.
- Dump the dough onto the parchment paper in the pan. Using the back of a cup, press the dough to fit the pan completely.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator for a couple hours to set.
- Take the pan out and slide the set dough onto a cutting board. using a large sharp knife, cut into 8 equal pieces.
- Place butter / wax paper between the bars and store in the refrigerator.