Homemade Cookie Dough Lara Bar

I LOVE cookie dough.

Homemade cookie dough Lara Bars

Homemade cookie dough Lara Bars

I love cookie dough more than actual cookies.

 

I make cookies just so I can eat the cookie dough.

 

But, the new Paleo diet I’m only doesn’t allow cookie dough…or cookies. Sniff…

So the next best thing is the Cookie Dough Lara Bar, which is one of the only nutrition bars that is Paleo friendly because it’s made purely of nuts and fruit, without wheat, grains or oats.

Lara bars are good, but I prefer FRESH food made from home than a box. I also love experimenting in the kitchen, so I made my own healthy cookie dough Lara bars. These are easy, require very little ingredients and can be made in seconds. Not only are these cheaper than Lara Bars, but I think they taste better.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cashews (I used raw, unsalted cashews)
  • 2/3 cup dates
  • dash salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips

Instructions

Blend the cashews, dates, vanilla and salt together in a blender or food processor. I used my Ninja Blender and it worked great. Add the chocolate chips. Roll into balls or cut into bars and refriderate. That’s it!

If you are not on the Paleo diet and just want a yummy nutrition bar, give these Homemade Nut and Honey bars or Protein Bars a try.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. Do you have any nutrition bar recipes? I would love to hear from you!

 

 

Paleo Green Goddess Dip

Paleo Green Goddess Dip

One of the tenets of the Paleo diet is bidding farewell to commercially prepared salad dressings. This is particularly sad for me because I eat a salad everyday and I love the Bolthouse Farms Classic Ranch Yogurt Dressing. I love to dip carrots and fresh veggies in the dressing for a snack, and veggies just aren’t the same without a creamy accompaniment. My birthday is tomorrow and every year on my birthday I go to Melting Pot, which has the most delicious Green Goddess sauce. So imagine how happy I was when I came across a recipe for a paleo-friendly Green Goddess dressing in the February edition of More magazine. Of course I made a few tweaks to the recipe to make it Paleo friendly and to my liking. It was fun to make because I was able to experiment with using fresh herbs.

Green Goddess

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp. fresh tarragon
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine everything in a food processor and blend until pureed.

It is delicious with veggies, but it’s too thick to put on a salad. Do you have ideas on other foods you can put green goddess dressing on? Chicken? Veggies? I need ideas to use the rest of my dip!