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Gluten-Free Sweet & Salty Paleo Bites Recipe

Ummm… I somehow concocted these seriously, oh so addicting, what I’m going to call, Sweet & Salty Paleo Bites! I was trying to make grain-free granola bars that were actually edible and ended up with this:

I got lucky! These are amazing. Sweet and salty all in one bite! It doesn’t get much better than that. :D
Oh and did I mention that they are super easy to make and you can substitute various ingredients with items you already have on hand. Plus, no baking is needed. Easy Peasy!
Sweet & Salty No-Bake Paleo Bites
Ingredients:
Nuts & Seeds
(keep in mind that you can substitute the nuts and seeds listed below for anything you have on hand.)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pistachios (I used salted)
1 cup pecans
1 cup sunflower seeds

Other Ingredients
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped – Optional (or choose another dried fruit you have on hand)
1 3oz chocolate bar with at least 70% Cocoa, smashed/chopped
(I used an Endangered Species chocolate bar with 88% Cocoa)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup honey (or Agave Nectar)
1 tsp salt
Directions:
Mix all of the nuts and seeds in a medium bowl. Take out about half and blend in a Vitamix or blender until they are finely ground. With the other half, chop or do what I do (put in a Ziploc bag and pound with a meat tenderizer). Put both sets of nuts and seeds in a bowl. Add the shredded coconut, chopped cherries, chocolate and salt to the nut mixture. Stir to combine.

In a small saucepan, over low heat, combine the honey, coconut oil and almond butter. Then turn up the heat and bring to a boil for about 1 minute, then take off heat. Pour this hot mixture over the nut and seed mix. Stir until all ingredients are combined.

Firmly press the sweet & salty mix into a greased 8×8 pan (or line with parchment paper). Let cool for about 15 minutes and then, again, press the mixture down into the pan very firmly. Place pan in fridge for at least 2 hours to chill. The longer they chill, the better tasting they will be!

Enjoy!