Paleo Brazil Nuts, Lime and Hemp Power Bars

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I am so pleased to introduce Tessa. One of the first ‘friends’ I made on this crazy thing called the internet. Her website offers endless, seriously ENDLESS allergen free recipes. Whatever allergies you might have, she’s got a recipe that can help. Which is no small thing considering we’re talking about casein, gluten, corn, sugar free and Paleo. Most surprisingly is that there is no shortage of baking and treats on her sight that can fit almost any dietary restrictions. So you can have fun too.

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This recipe was born of a flavor combination of a shortbread cookie I had in my past: a truly magical combination of Brazil nuts and lime.

Before those cookies…Brazil nuts were very under appreciated in my world.  Now I wonder how I didn’t always love them.  SO buttery and SO nutritious!

Just two Brazil nuts gives you enough of the trace mineral selenium’s RDA…a nutrient key in the function of your thyroid and metabolism and very hard to get in our food.  It is also a great antioxidant, combating those free radicals we encounter in our day-to-day lives.

Hemp hearts are another nutritious addition, touted for their highly digestible protein content, as well as containing all 9 essential amino acids.  It also has high amounts of essential fatty acids.

Since I am always looking for new and creative grab and go snacks, this one was a fun one for me.  A twist on some of my family’s favorites, but in a totally new flavor profile.    Your taste buds will thank you for something new and fresh!

METHOD NOTE:  To toast your own coconut shreds, you can:

  • Place them in a preheated heavy bottomed pan over medium heat.  Stirring frequently, wait for the shreds to toast and turn golden, 5-10 minutes
  • OR place the shreds on a cookie sheet, spread thin, in a preheated 350 degree.  It should take around 10 minutes.  Watch them carefully so they do not burn, and remove when they start to turn golden and toasted!

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 Paleo Brazil Nuts, Lime and Hemp Power Bars

INGREDIENT NOTE:  I make my own coconut butter as it is much more cost effective, I show you how in this post.


  • 1/2 cup whole brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 6)
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter (see my links on how to make your own above
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 cup unsweetened & toasted coconut shreds (see above notes for method)
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Stevia to sweeten (totally optional, I like these as is)


    1. In the bowl of a food processor, place the brazil nuts, dates, coconut butter and hemp hearts.
    2. Process to create a chunky, but cohesive mixture, or until the dates are indistinguishable.
    3. Add in the remaining ingredients and process until well blended and the mixture willingly presses together.
    4. Press into a wax paper lined mini loaf pan (or any pan, I like my thicker and smaller!) You can also roll little balls, as you prefer.
    5. Firm them up in the fridge, cut and store in an airtight container, in the fridge or freezer.

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16 Responses to Paleo Brazil Nuts, Lime and Hemp Power Bars

  1. Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva November 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Thanks for a chance to share France! Hope you are enjoying your vacation!

    • France Morissette November 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      Thank you soon much for contributing these addictive bars, not to mention your passion for great tasting healthy food.

  2. Linda November 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    These do look so buttery, like shortbread! I have to pick up some brazil nuts and make a batch!

  3. Candace @ Candida Free Candee November 2, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    Tessa, you’ve made my day! I literally just looked in the cupboard and saw a bag of Brazil nuts and said, I gotta do something with those! I also have a huge bag of hemp hearts waiting to be eaten. This is a great idea! I will have to find something to replace the dates(candida issues here), but I am sure I’ll find something! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva November 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

      Let us know if you come up with an alternative that works Candace!

  4. Andi44673 November 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    These Paleo Bars look so healthy, well done! If you are into Paleo then you might want to check out this review of the Plaeo Cookbook

  5. Cataract Surgery November 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    Many thanks! This post seems to have done the trick!

  6. Amber H November 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Hello my friends. Tessa, this recipe is fantastic. So creative and original. Love the flavor combination here. Can’t wait to make. I don’t use a lot of Brazil nuts, so this is a great reason to branch out. France, thank you for sharing Tessa! Love ya ladies. xoxo


  7. Marianne @ Ragdoll Kitchen November 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Yum de yum.. These look really good :)

  8. Koko November 6, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    I have heard brazil nuts are quite a miraculous food. Two a day does the trick! These look super yummy and I would love that burst of lime. Thanks Tessa!!

    • Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva November 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

      Of course Koko, my pleasure!

  9. Alison November 7, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    I’m just wondering, in the world of allergies, are brazil nuts a safe nut to have around kids with peanut allergies? I love that these use hemp hearts!!

    • Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva November 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

      Brazil nuts are tree nuts, not related to peanuts at all Alison!

  10. pause2shopdotcom November 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    I have never seen hemp hearts before – where can I find them?

    • Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva November 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

      I buy mine online, but have also seen them in every natural grocer in my area. I like iherb and amazon. The hearts are the seeds, with the hull removed.

  11. Vicki Montague - The Free From Fairy March 4, 2015 at 4:39 am #

    Those look truly delicious!!

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