Super easy 3 Step Paleo “Baklava” Bars! healthy vegan friendly paleo baklava bars that are packed full of sweet nutty flavor and healthy fats. Lower in carbs, sugar, and great for snacking or breakfast on the go. A paleo bar that tastes like dessert but made with simple real food!
Hey there Wednesday! Yes, I am posting Greekish paleo”baklava” bars the day before Cinco de Mayo. Totally makes sense. Okay it doesn’t but these honey nut Paleo Baklava bars have been made twice in our household already. If I don’t share them soon I just might kick myself. Because, for one, they are super duper yummy. And two, they are paleo, lower carb, and vegan friendly. Which makes them another great FUEL source for many. For those of you allergic to nuts, I’m sorry I left you out. Forgive me. But you can make these vegan protein bars instead. Mmm k?
Alrightly. So how did these so called paleo”baklava” bars come about. Oh… let me tell you. Sherpa skills in full force.
If you’re like us, you probably have a huge stash of bars in your pantry. Right? Not just one kind, like SEVERAL kind. Protein bars, oat bars, fruit/nut bars, savory bars, vegan or paleo bars, chocolate bars, etc. etc. etc. You get my point. Bars are handy and convenient. But then there are times when all those bars just don’t satisfy or they start to taste “meh” after a while. Ya know?
Anyways, it’s always nice to have another gluten free bar option that tastes lighter, meaning not as dry or dense. But also one that has some great flavor and nutritional value! Which is why I totally made these Paleo Baklava Bars. They are lighter is sugar and carbs but not lacking superfood nutrition! A paleo honey nut bar that is super moist (hate that word) and super delicious. Made with SUPER SIMPLE ingredients. Oh and of course vegan friendly if you want to use maple syrup. Always an option there.
You see where I’m going with this, right.? Simple REAL FOOD ingredients make for the best snackage.. that’s a word.
Chopped nuts, almond butter or tahini, honey, spices, coconut oil, and almond meal. Yep. SIMPLE to the max!
I bet now you are wondering. .. um… “Lindsay, how are these even relevant to Baklava?”
Oh oh but they are!
You see, baklava is a “rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo/phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. ” Wikipedia
And while I might not have the filo dough in this recipe, I do have a flour like texture that makes them stick together. The almond meal and a touch of coconut flour. Think of these Paleo Baklava as deconstructed baklava all toasted and sliced. Yes, the foodie in me approves of that thought process!
If you are Greek, I’m sorry, I just butched your beloved baklava dessert, but it might be totally worth it if you try these paleo honey nut bars. Just sayin…
Back to the Paleo Baklava bars. Super Simple meaning simple ingredients and all in your pantry. Let’s get a close up of those ingredients again for simplicity sake.
No eggs needed, no extra sugars, no oven required (just stovetop toasting), and when you combine the nuts with coconut oil to toast, your house will smell heavenly. Excuse the fabulous run on sentence?
Did I mention these bars can be made in 3 little steps? JUST 3!
Step 1 involves pan toasting
Step 2 involves mixing and pressing
Step 3 involves refrigerating then slicing.
Now let’s put it all together in the recipe!
Kitchen TOOLS to MAKE the PALEO BAKLAVA BARS:
Now, since I know most of you all love a good bar recipe, please let me know if you try this or need substitutions. We made several batches and kept them in freezer until ready to eat or place in cooler. The only downfall (minor) that comes with these paleo baklava bars is that they will get soft in the heat due to the coconut oil. So be sure to keep in fridge or cooler when traveling. Trust me though, so worth it.
I almost forgot. If you dare to add in a 4th step (you rebel you), you can fancy these bars up by adding in toasted coconut on top or in the nut mix. OOHHHH now that’s fancy! But also pretty darn delicious.
When a paleo nut bar tastes like dessert and is easy to make, you will go the extra effort to store them. Right? Say yes, yes yes!
Favorite homemade bar recipe?
Ever tried baklava? I should really add that to my list to attempt to make gluten free…