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Low Carb Protein Bars (Paleo Option, Gluten Free)

These healthy homemade low carb protein bars are so easy to make, delicious, and portable. With only 5 grams of net carbs, they’ll keep you satiated during travel or in between meals!

sliced low carb protein bars

I made these low carb protein bars on a whim 2 weeks ago before leaving for our babymoon to Europe, because I needed low carb travel snacks for our 12+ hour flight. I don’t do well with high sugar foods on airplanes and they really mess up my digestion. I was in search of paleo, high protein low carb bars for this reason, and nothing fit the bill perfectly, and the ones that did took too long to ship because I was, of course, scrambling at the last minute to get everything packed.

The Best Low Carb Protein Bars Recipe

So I decided to make my own! I actually had all these ingredients on hand the day before our departure date, and I honestly didn’t measure any of the ingredients before whipping these up.

I was actually so pleasantly surprised at how well these low carb protein bars turned out. They were crunchy and chewy at the same time, they held up well, and were so easily portable and perfect as low carb travel snacks. I enjoyed them so much during my flights, as well as during the trip when we were on-the-go in between sites and activities, them I recreated them to share with you after I came back home!

Best low carb protein bars stacked
perfect for low carb travel snacks

Adding Collagen For Protein

It’s not easy to find a keto granola bar recipe with a good amount of protein in it. While nuts and seeds to do contain protein, our body absorbs them way better when we get it from an animal source. Other low carb protein bars I found with a good source of protein that you can purchase is this one, and while they are delicious, they are not the cheapest on the market.

For these high protein low carb bars, I used egg whites and Perfect Supplements grass-fed collagen (Use code GREATGRANDMA10 for 10% off your entire order) to boost the protein level and it really helps with keeping you satiated longer without being able to taste these ingredients at all. I was able to last for hours in between meals on my very long flights with these low carb protein bars and I loved that I didn’t get a sugar rush during all the traveling.

Not Keto or Don’t Use Zero Carb Sweeteners?

While this is a keto granola bar recipe, I totally get it if you are just looking for grain free or paleo snacks and are not necessarily on a low carb diet. You can just omit the erythritol used in the recipe, and replace it with coconut sugar or regular sugar. The color of these low carb protein bars will be darker when you use coconut sugar, but the recipe will still yield delicious snack bars without much difference in taste or texture!

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Low Carb Protein Bars (Paleo Option, Gluten Free)

These healthy homemade low carb protein bars are so easy to make, delicious, and portable. With only 5 grams of net carbs, they'll keep you satiated during travel or in between meals!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade granola bars, low carb travel snacks, portable low carb snacks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 282kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together for almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, and pumpkin seeds.
  • In small saucepan, stir together your choice of nut butter, coconut oil, collagen, and erythritol, and heat for 2-3 minutes over low heat until everything is smooth and combined.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  • Pour over the nut and seed mixture and stir.
  • Add egg whites and stir together well until all the dry ingredients are coated well with wet ingredients.
  • Transfer to the prepared baking pan and use a spatula to press down firmly into a flat, even layer.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
  • Let it cool completely. Use the parchment paper to remove from the pan, and use a sharp knife to slice into 12 even bars.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 0.1% | Vitamin C: 0.3% | Calcium: 4.7% | Iron: 9.1%
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Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

You are going to love this perfect dish for Spring and Summer: Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks. The perfectly balanced flavors with the flaky crust make the most delicious breakfast or brunch!

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

I have to admit, I haven’t cooked with leeks for very long because it’s a new-to-me vegetable. My mom never cooked with it, and I’ve never ever heard of it until several years ago. However, as someone who loves experimenting with a new ingredient, I’ve been cooking with it and adding it to dishes and I’m really starting to love it! It’s been everywhere at my local farmers market these days.

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks Recipe

One of my favorite ways to enjoy leeks has been in egg dishes. It has a milder taste than regular onions while adding a crunchy texture that complements perfectly with creamy eggs. The crunchiness still remains after cooking and baked for a long time like in this keto quiche recipe.

This quiche is cooked with leeks, fresh herbs, and my favorite, smoked salmon, and the flavors and textures complement each other so well in every bite. Everything about this paleo and keto quiche screams spring, and it’s so perfect with a mug of coffee or matcha in the morning.

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks
Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

Sturdy Almond Crust

Real talk: I dropped this paleo and keto quiche on my countertop when I was taking it out of the oven, because there was a hole on my oven mitt which made me burn my skin (the story of my life). This is why you’ll see some cracks in the photos from the impact of the fall, but rest assured, the crust is extremely sturdy while still being flaky. It won’t fall apart on you!

Not only is the crust delicious and easy to make, I love that’s it’s grain free and low carb without any weird ingredients. In fact, 1 slice of this leek and smoked salmon quiche has only 9 grams of net carbs, which fits perfectly into your keto meal plan!

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

#LeeksOnFleek Collaboration

This Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks recipe is a part of an Instagram collaboration with several other talented bloggers. We are all sharing recipes featuring leeks today and I’m so excited to be taking part in it!

If you want some ideas on other delicious ways to use this spring vegetable, go check out the hashtag #leeksonfleek on Instagram. And don’t forget to share your creations with this hashtag as well!

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks
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Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

You are going to love this perfect dish for Spring and Summer: Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks. The perfectly balanced flavors with the flaky crust make the most delicious breakfast or brunch!
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 408kcal

Ingredients

Quiche Crust

Filling

  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 leeks white and light green parts only, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 large eggs whisked
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or any other non-dairy milki
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 oz smoked salmon chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 10 inch quiche dish with ghee or coconut oil. 
  • Combine all ingredients for the crust in a large bowl until a crumbly dough forms.
  • Press the dough into the quiche dish.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add sliced leeks and garlic and stir cooking for 3-4 minutes just softened  and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, nutritional yeast, dill, chives, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  • Stir in the leek mixture and smoked salmon.
  • Pour the egg mixture into to the par baked quiche crust.
  • Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until golden, and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Cool slightly before slicing and serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice – makes 6 slices | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 598mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 15% | Vitamin C: 5.2% | Calcium: 14.7% | Iron: 17%
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Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30)

These Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are not only fun and delicious to eat, but easy to make as well. Topped with runny eggs and avocado lime sauce, they’ll be your new favorite Whole30 breakfast.

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While I love a super simple breakfast with just bacon and eggs on busy mornings, I do like to switch it up once in a while with dishes that take a bit more time and love in the kitchen. I don’t do it often, but adding starches like sweet potatoes to my breakfast makes it so comforting, and they are totally worth the extra effort with how delicious they turn out!

Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

These Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are one of those recipes and I just adore the flavor combo. Sweet potatoes are baked until soft and mashed with cooked chorizo, and the whole thing is baked again topped with an egg. I also like to drizzle each potato half with a creamy and tangy avocado lime sauce, and this with the spicy chorizo, sweetness of the sweet potatoes, and the creaminess of the runny eggs is just perfection in one bite.

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Prep It A Day Ahead

While these breakfast twice baked sweet potatoes do take a bit of baking time, you can definitely prepare them the day before so you can sleep in in the morning. Just follow all the steps and stop before you have to crack the eggs into the sweet potatoes. You can keep the prepared sweet potato halves and the avocado lime sauce in the refrigerator until the morning, when you’ll complete the recipe by baking everything the 2nd time.

The taste will still be fantastic and the sauce color will stay vibrant from the addition of the lime juice. And the best part? You only have to spend 15 minutes on cooking on the day you serve them. So perfect, especially if you are hosting a weekend brunch for a group, like on Mother’s Day or Easter!

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Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
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Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30)

These Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are not only fun and delicious to eat, but easy to make as well. Topped with runny eggs and avocado lime sauce, they’ll be your new favorite Whole30 breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 359kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes medium to large
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb chorizo (sugar and nitrate free) removed from casing
  • 8 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Avocado Lime Sauce

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup packed cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water or more, if needed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes, and cut them in half lengthwise.
  • Use 1 tbsp of avocado oil to coat the potato halves and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes until tender. 
  • While the sweet potatoes are baking, heat 1 tbsp of avocado oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  • Add chorizo, and cook stirring for 10 minutes while breaking it up. Remove from heat when the chorizo is cooked through.
  • Add all ingredients for the avocado lime sauce in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water if you prefer a thinner consistency, and set aside.
  • Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and scoop out the flesh from the skin into a large bowl (I like to use a grapefruit spoon).
  • Mash the sweet potato flesh with a fork.
  • Add the chorizo mixture, and stir together.
  • Evenly divide the mixture into the sweet potato skins, and make a well in the center.
  • Carefully crack an egg into each well and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Serve drizzled with avocado lime sauce.

Notes

Prep it the day before:
If you’d like, you can complete up to step 12 the day before, and keep everything in the refrigerator until you are ready to finish the rest of the steps the next day. This cuts down on cooking down to just 15 minutes on the day you are serving these!

Nutrition

Serving: 1sweet potato half | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 779mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 194.6% | Vitamin C: 9% | Calcium: 5.1% | Iron: 13.3%
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