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Low Carb Nut Bar Recipe

Take a handful of minutes from your day to make this epic Low Carb Nut Bar recipe!

Overhead view of all twelve low carb nut bars.

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NUTS!! I love ’em. Can’t live without ’em. So why not make a to-go bar that is basically just nuts? Honestly, my favourite part of a granola bar has always been the nuts and seeds, so who really needs the granola part, anyways?

I first thought of the idea because I have joined a kickboxing gym. You need a whole wack of energy to go punching and kicking for an hour, right? Eggs just weren’t cutting it for me, so I decided to make a bar packed with fats and protein.

What I didn’t expect was to have to fight my husband (who usually doesn’t like the whole nut bar thing) over these precious low carb nut bars. They are so addicting with their crunchy texture and sweet, salty flavour.

I hope you love this Low Carb Nut Bar recipe as much as we do!

Why it works

  1. Sweet, salty and crunchy, this bar has got it goin’ on with it’s beautiful flavour and addicting texture.
  2. These bars are so easy to make, it’s a little crazy! With only 5 minutes of your time, you’ll have some pretty epic bars for your post workout or breakfast to-go.
  3. The yummy sugar free sauce binds together the variety of nuts, to keep this bar free from oats and other ingredients like honey and sugar.
Pan of low carb nut bars.

Ingredients

You don’t need a lot to create magic.

  • roasted & salted peanuts
  • roasted & salted cashews
  • roasted almonds – see further down the post for directions on roasting your own almonds if you can only find them raw. (It’s super fast and easy!)
  • unsalted butter
  • organic peanut butter with no additives
  • honey substitute
  • vanilla extract
  • coarse sea salt

Honey Substitute – Probably my favourite low carb product, this is a honey flavoured sugar free syrup that has been sweetened with xyltiol! it has zero aftertaste and is perfect for so many of my favourite recipes like this Keto Honey Mustard and a Honey Garlic recipe I’ve got coming your way soon! I get this Nature’s Hollow Honey Substitute from amazon!

Coarse Sea Salt – I prefer grey salt for the flavour but pink himalayan works great too!

Low Carb Nut Bar Recipe

It’s so easy, it’s a bit crazy.

Toss some butter and peanut butter into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute in the microwave, or melt in a saucepan until fully melted. Whisk in the honey substitute, vanilla and salt. Stir in the almonds, peanuts and roughly chopped cashews.

Pour the goods into a wax paper lined 8×8″ baking pan. Or whatever else you’ve got that is roughly 8×8″, no need to bake these beauties! Press them into the pan with a spatula, as firm as you can, then toss the whole pan into the freezer.

Freeze for 1 hour; about half way through the freezing time, press the nuts down a little firmer into the pan with a potato masher or flipper. This helps bind the nuts to each other a little better.

Cut into 18 and try not to eat them all in one sitting! 😜

Watch this video to see them come together in no time:

Expert Tips

  1. Use roasted nuts because, let’s be honest, their flavour is SO MUCH BETTER than unroasted nuts!
  2. Never roasted a nut before? Read further down the post to learn how!
  3. Not a peanut fan? Swap the peanut butter for almond butter.
  4. Peanuts and cashews too high in carbs? Swap them for Brazilian and macadamia nuts.
  5. Make sure the butter is fully melted after the 1 minute of microwaving. If it is not, microwave it until it is.
  6. Make sure to stir the nuts into the sauce well, so that each nut is evenly coated with the yummy sticky sauce.
  7. Press firmly half way through the freeze cycle – this will help to get those bars to super stick to themselves, making this a great snack to-go or breakfast on the go.
Stack of low carb nut bars.

Roasted almonds

Have you ever tasted an unroasted almond directly after one that has been roasted? The flavour comparison will completely amaze you. I honestly believe there is no point in eating almonds that have not been roasted.

Sorry unroasted almonds, I’m not interested.

Aleta – every day

I mean, why lose out on so much flavour for a just few minutes of time? I feel like almonds tend to get lost in the mix without the added crunch and flavour of a simple roast. Here’s how to get it done:

How to roast almonds

Heat your oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat.

Evenly spread the almonds over the baking and once the oven is ready, roast the almonds for 6 minutes, until they look a bit toasted and the incredible aroma fills the air. Cool slightly before using.

I like to make a large batch then store them in an air tight container in my cupboard, but you can absolutely just roast up what you need for each recipe. Have you ever had a flavour roasted almond? You’ve gotta try these BBQ Roasted Low Carb Almonds, which also happen to be INCREDIBLE in this Low Carb Nut Bar recipe!

Cutting board filled with low carb nut bars.

How to store Low Carb Nut Bars

After you’ve removed them from the freezer and sliced them into bars, keep them in an air tight container in the fridge.

Not that they will, but these Low Carb Nut Bars should last at least a month in the refrigerator!

Here are some other recipes you might like:

Crunchy Low Carb Cheese Crackers

Keto Teriyaki Beef Skewers

Mexican Low Carb 7 Layer Dip

Low Carb Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Keto Calzones

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Overhead view of all twelve low carb nut bars.

Low Carb Nut Bar Recipe

With only 5 minutes of prep, this Low Carb Nut Bar recipe has the perfect balance of crunchy, sweet and salty. They are a perfect snack to fuel up for a workout or an easy grab-n-go for breakfast.
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 18 bars
Author: Aleta

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup organic peanut butter
  • cup honey substitute
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 ¼ cup roasted & salted peanuts
  • ¾ cup roasted & salted cashews roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup roasted almonds *see post above for how to roast almonds *see post above for how to roast almonds

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

  • Add the butter and peanut butter to a medium sized microwavable bowl. Melt in microwave for 1 minute, or melt in a small saucepan until the butter has fully melted. Whisk in the honey substitute, vanilla and salt.
  • Stir in the almonds, peanuts and roughly chopped cashews until fully combined with the peanut butter mixture. Pour into a wax paper lined 8×8" baking pan and press firmly with a spatula.
  • Freeze for 1 hour; half way through the freezing time, press the nuts down a little firmer into the pan with a potato masher or flipper. Cut into 18. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

Expert Tips

  1. Use roasted nuts because, let’s be honest, their flavour is SO MUCH BETTER than unroasted nuts!
  2. Never roasted a nut before? Read further up the post to learn how!
  3. Not a peanut fan? Swap the peanut butter for almond butter.
  4. Peanuts and cashews too high in carbs? Swap them for Brazilian and macadamia nuts.
  5. Make sure the butter is fully melted after the 1 minute of microwaving. If it is not, microwave it until it is.
  6. Make sure to stir the nuts into the sauce well, so that each nut is evenly coated with the yummy sticky sauce.
  7. Press firmly half way through the freeze cycle – this will help to get those bars to super stick to themselves, making this a great snack to-go or breakfast on the go.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.  
 * Net carb count excludes both fibre and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people.
Deduct fibre (2 g) and sugar alcohols (2.8 g) from the total carbs to get 4 g net carbs per bar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.8g | Protein: 6.4g | Fat: 16.5g | Sodium: 186mg | Fiber: 2g

6 Comments

  1. Ok to use honey instead of a sub?

    • unfortunately honey is not low carb… that is why I use a honey sub instead! If you aren’t worried about your carb intake, then yes, you can use honey for sure 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    My husband and I are addicted to those sweet and salty granola bars you can buy in the store. They are so tasty – but also packed with sugar. 🙁 THESE are the perfect substitute! Thank you so much for such a great recipe. We both absolutely love them! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    My kids are all about nuts. I am going to make these bars for them. I know they will love them. They seem easy enough thanks to the easy to follow directions!

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