(Also try: Almond Butter Paleo Granola Bars)
I am a big fan of chewy energy bars, such as to Lärabars. But you can make them yourself instead, with your favorite alterations. They provide the boost of energy that needed to make it over the river and through the woods. They are not only grain-free but also satisfying.
You may also like: These incredible cinnamon banana bread energy balls that taste just like banana bread: https://paleogrubs.com/banana-cinnamon-energy-balls
Feel free to play with the ratios, but definitely keep the dates, which help everything bind together. I used almonds and dried cranberries, but any dried fruit or nut will substitute.
I also added a little bit of unsweetened coconut flakes, because I can’t get enough, and some dark chocolate chips, because I know that I won’t eat an energy bar without chocolate. You could also try adding chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, you name it.
I was very pleasantly surprised by how little time these took to make. Step one. Blend ingredients. Step two. Form into a square bar and refrigerate. Wait? What? The only question you’ll have to worry about is what to do with your extra time. Maybe go for a hike.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to break everything up. Then blend continuously until the ingredients have broken down and start to clump together into a ball.
- Using a spatula to scrape down the sides, turn out the mixture onto a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap. Press into an even square and chill, wrapped, for at least an hour. Cut into desired size of bars, wrapping each bar in plastic wrap to store in the fridge.
More Good Paleo-Friendly Energy Bar Recipes
Gluten-Free Walnut Date Energy Bars
Almost cake-like in texture, these gluten-free energy bars are a great snack with a cup of coffee or tea. Walnuts and dates add a little crunch and sweetness. To make the bars more suited for dessert, you can also top them with chocolate chips.
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup palm shortening
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, optional
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8×8-inch baking dish with coconut oil spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, palm shortening, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Fold in the dates and walnuts.
2. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with chocolate chips if using. Bake for 22-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.