Finding good Paleo snacks is tricky. Most of the stuff you find in grocery stores has sugar, flour and other non-Paleo ingredients added to it. On days when I can’t get to lunch at a reasonable time, it’s important to have something substantial to snack on that won’t send my blood sugar crashing an hour later. To solve this problem, I created these no bake Paleo cashew butter bars. They are loaded with creamy cashew butter, coconut flour, coconut oil, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and maple syrup.
When you buy cashews for these, make sure they do not have any added oils like vegetable, canola or other. Added oils will change the flavor quite a bit. You want to use quality coconut oil for these delights to give them a fresh tropical flavor. Also be sure the cashews do not have salt so you can salt them according to your preference. If you can’t find unsalted cashews, don’t fret. Just remember to taste your cashew butter when processed before you add any additional salt.
Many cashews come already roasted, but I like to buy them raw so I can fresh roast them just before processing them for these Paleo cashew butter bars. Once roasted, you simply throw them into your Ninja or food processor and watch the tropical nuts turn into a creamy miracle. Fun fact: Cashews are the seed of the cashew fruit, which is native to northeast Brazil. There is a state that is synonymous with cashews called “Maranhao.” If you decide to visit there, you won’t need to pack any clothes because it’s always nearly 100 degrees with soup-like humidity.
Processing nuts like cashews and almonds takes some patience. It takes 10-15 minutes to go from nut to smooth, creamy paste and you may need to open your processor and stir it around a bit to make sure all the mixture is processed. However, the result will be tastier than any store bought nut butter. You can thank me later.
Winter is in full force here in Northwest Arkansas, which means that I am craving heavier foods like stews, chili, steaks and nut butters. I brought some of these no bake paleo cashew butter bars with me on our last backpacking trip and they were wonderful. They are compact and calorie dense so I could stuff them into my backpack without taking up a lot of precious pack space.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes SERVINGS: 10
- 1.5 cups cashew butter
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- salt to taste
- Place all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Blend together well. Add salt to taste.
- Spoon mixture into a large casserole dish and smooth over until uniform. Place in fridge for one hour and serve!