This Paleo Plantain Snack Bar is our terrific go-to snack bar that is perfect for those on the Paleo AIP diet!
I was asked by my local news station to demonstrate a Paleo snack bar. You know how enamored I am with plantains at the moment so I thought I would incorporate some into this recipe.
For those of you who cannot tolerate eggs or nuts, it is also egg and nut-free!
It is kind of an oxymoron to say Paleo Snack Bar, because, obviously in Paleolithic times they did not eat snack bars. However, we are bringing the concepts of Paleo eating to the present time when snack bars are all the rage. In fact, there are so many snack bars on the market it is difficult to choose any!
Here’s my solution.
Choose none. That’s right. None.
Most of the commercial snack bars are bad news. They are full of sugars, rancid oils and improperly prepared grains, nuts and seeds. They are hard to digest and actually offer very little available nutrition.
Like all legumes, grains and nuts also need to be soaked before they are cooked and/or eaten. Read more about why you need to soak (activate) legumes, grains, nuts and seeds. Essentially, there are anti-nutrients (phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors) that protect these foods from degradation. This is why you can store them for months. However, these anti-nutrients also inhibit them from human digestion unless they are prepared properly.
As far as Paleo goes, legumes and grains are not included in the diet. However, nuts and seeds are and they need to be properly prepared by soaking and dehydrating, in order to be bioavailable.
Most commercial snack bars use grains, nuts and seeds that have not been soaked. Therefore, they make the digestive system work harder. Even the Paleo bars are not using properly prepared nuts and seeds.
There are a few companies that sell soaked and dried nuts but that can get expensive. It is so easy to have prepared nuts and seeds on hand when you follow the directions here for preparing activated nuts.
As I’ve stated before, plantains provide important resistant starch that feeds your microbiome. They contain loads of potassium, vitamin A, folate and all the B vitamins as well as minerals such as calcium and zinc. Wow! What a powerhouse of nutrition!
I also love using them as egg replacements as they help hold things together well in baking.
When you start to eat a prebiotic food that contains resistant starch, such as green plantains, use caution as to how much you eat. If you experience intestinal gas, upset or bloating, that is a sign that your bacteria need nurturing and you need to take it slowly. Ripened plantains (yellow/black) have less resistant starch.
14 x 17 cookie sheet
Parchment paper greased with coconut oil (where to buy parchment paper)
Variation if you Like Nuts
Add 1 cup of chopped pecans or other nut to batter and mix after you add the shredded coconut. Use a little more to sprinkle on top with some cinnamon. The second photo has the nuts.
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