Paleo Coconut Pecan Bars

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Whenever I hear the word “bars” in relation to food, not a place where rowdy college kids like to belly-up, I immediately think of one of my favorite movies – Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Pageants + Minnesota + amazing one-liners = cinematic greatness.

Ok, that’s a stretch but it is a movie my girlfriends and I quote on the reg. One of my favorite lines, “Help yourself to some coffee and bars.” << Said in an over exaggerated Minnesotan accent. It’s awesome. It might be Kirsten Dunst’s best work. Ever.

Sorry for the rabbit hole ๐Ÿ™‚

I found an amazing recipe that I had to share. Seriously just looking at the pictures I took make me salivate because it’s so tasty.

I spend a lot of time scouring Pinterest for paleo recipes. Like so much time I get a headache from looking on my phone and scrolling through the countless recipes. There’s a lot of recipes to choose from but I generally stick to ones that aren’t complicated, don’t have exotic ingredients and can be whipped up in 30 minutes from start-to-finish.

The area I seem to struggle in most when searching for paleo recipes? Breakfast. There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of options and honestly I usually stick to my 3-ingredient pancakes (recipe here) but it can get boring no matter how I change oup the toppings. Enter Momma Youngย and her fantastic, freezer-worthy, less than 10 ingredient paleo coconut pecan breakfast bars. Side note: I left ‘breakfast’ out of my post title because these also make a great snack and sweet treat.

I had to make sure and plan ahead for this recipe because usually the bananas in my house are earmarked for the aforementioned 3-ingredient paleo pancake recipe.

I love that this recipe requires less than 10 ingredients and less than 10 steps. Hallelujah! Thank you, Momma Young! It’s not intimidating like some paleo recipes can be and with only 20 minutes in the oven these detectable bars meet my baking criteria.

My only wish it that the bars were thicker. I’m thinking of trying these again but doubling the recipe while keeping an 8×8 pan to see if that achieves the desired thickness. The only thing I did differently was use almond milk instead of coconut milk and they still tasted great. Next time I will try coconut milk because I think the richness of canned coconut milk will really round out the creaminess of this recipe.

I calculated the calories for my version (which uses unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of coconut milk) and there’s only 100 calories per square! 100. Cha-ching! Granted I ate 3 for breakfast but was full and satisfied until lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

What are some of your favorite paleo breakfast recipes?

xoxo, hippies!

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