Paleo Energy Bar Recipe (Gluten-Free) - Paleo Grubs (2024)


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As a big fan of hiking, I am always on the lookout for different grab-and-go snacks that I can take with me on trips. Usually energy bars can get pricey. Then I found out that you can make something just as tasty, at home, without cooking, for much less. No kidding! As little as three ingredients can provide you with your very own customized energy bar. Dates, dried fruit, and nuts make up a gluten-free energy bar packed with flavor.

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(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:

Banana Bread 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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Ingredients
    • 1 cup almonds
    • 1 cup dried cranberries
    • 1 cup pitted dates
    • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips


  1. 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.
  2. 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.


Serving Size

1 bar



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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.

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1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
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.


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  1. I am DEATHLY allergic to nuts (almonds, tree nuts, peanuts, you name it; I’m allergic to it) but this cite has so many tasty recipes! Many of which include nuts or nut-based flour (almond flour.) What could I use as alternatives for many of these recipes? Please advise!


    • You could try using seeds in a recipe like this and coconut flour for baked goods (as long as you aren’t allergic to coconuts, which is pretty rare). Be careful though because you can’t directly sub coconut flour for almond flour. You will need less coconut flour because it absorbs a lot of liquid. It would probably be best to find coconut flour recipes until you get the hang of cooking with it. I find I prefer a coconut flour/tapioca flour mix more than nut flours in baking because first of all the texture is better but also nuts are high in polyunsaturated fats and omega 6’s. I read heating them can be bad. Nuts also have phytic acid.


    • My Processor does not chop nuts or dates.
      I put about a tablespoon of water in with the dates and warmed them for about 20 seconds in the microwave and then could along with the rest the processor could handle the mix. I replaced the nuts with a cup of coconut.
      I did the mix as a slice the 1st time and the 2nd I rolled the mixture into balls and then rolled them in desiccated coconut and presented them in the mini cup cake papers.
      I got 13 balls. The 3rd time I used a half cup of dates and half cup of apricots.
      I have had nice remarks about them.


    • My problem is I’m not allowed dried fruit, pitted fruit or coconut oil! Hmmm. This isn’t going well for me. I’m on dialysis and have to watch my phosphorus and potassium. Might have to do paleo my way. :-/


  2. I found mine had quite a bit of oil the first time i made them. I actually put them on a paper towel for a bit to soak some up. Have you had this issue? I used dates, almonds, dried plums and chocolate chips.



    • I had the same problem. Fun part: I added my green protein mix, so the grease is green! I didn’t think of putting them on paper towels, but may do that now.
      I think it was from the prunes (dried plums), as I’ve made them without before and didn’t have the same problem. Still delicious, I just make sure to have a napkin nearby when I’m handling them.


    • You used both dried plumbs and dates? I didn’t see both in the recipe. Maybe that added too much moisture? I assume you were substituting the plums for cranberries…


  3. This recipe is awesome! So easy to make and everyone who has tried it loves it!


  4. I love these kinds of bars! Do you have a source for dried cranberries without added sugar? I’d love to use dried cherries or cranberries but they’re already high in sugar, plus those dried fruits always seem to have added sugar.


    • That’s a good question, they are really hard to find. The only place I know of is Steve’s Paleogoods, where you can buy them online.


    • carries juice infused with no sugar added dried cranberries. Great company to order from. Everything is very fresh and quick shipping. I’ve placed an order on a Monday morning and received my stuff Tuesday afternoon.


    • Look in the bulk food section, I get mine from Central Market.


  5. I tried making these today, they’re in the fridge right now but they didnt end up looking like they have the consistency of what yours look like in the picture. They seem more dry/flaky. I even tried to put some more cranberries and dates in them…..

    also, how well do they stay together when taken out of the fridge for a few hours? if taken for a lunch snack, will they hold together during the day ?


      • The last lot I made I mixed in a tablespoon of melted coconut oil and they stayed together perfectly.


    • For me the difference between dry/crumbly bars and soft/chewy bars is the dates. Dates with the seeds already removed tend to be dryer and less sticky versus date that you have to remove the pit yourself. When I use the latter the cars stay together, and when I use pre-potted dates they crumble apart.


      • I agree, and make sure the dates are fresh. If they sit in the fridge a while they will be dried up and the bars won’t come out moist.


  6. I tried those yesterday but they didnt stick together. What did I do wrong? I made it as it is described.


    • Hi Eva, perhaps try sprinkling in a few drops of water to help the mixture stick together. Otherwise I would suggest adding more dates. Hope that helps!


  7. Is this okay for diabetics?


    • Great question! As a diabetic, I had to figure out the carbs which came out around 26 grams per bar. Since my snack allowance is 15 carbs, I have decided to make 16 bars at 13 grams per serving. As always, I will check my blood sugar before and after I eat them.

      Great recipe!


  8. I’m wondering if you know how long these might keep if not redrigerated. Have you tried packaging them in Food-Saver/Seal-a-Meal type vacuum sealed packages? I’m thinking they’d be great to take on a camping trip but refrigeration might not be an option. Don’t dates and dried fruits keep pretty well or does grinding them change that? Thanks!




  9. I made these yesterday for my long weekend bike rides. The mixture wasn’t sticky enough to bind everything together so I put the mix in the over for 10 mins on 200oC. It melted the chocolate and softened everything enough to flatten. That then went into the freezer. All I need to do tonight is chop them and wrap in greaseproof paper. Thanks for the idea and inspiration.


    • That is an interesting way to do it, glad it worked out! I usually drizzle in some water if the mixture is not sticking to help it moisten.


  10. Made these tonight and they are delicious! Only issue is too dry and not sticky enough. Will add more dates next time. Any other suggestions?


  11. My daughter has convinced me with a uk made paleo health bar.. Delicious, no food cravings. Fantastic blog, brilliant. Will make these bars tomorrow. So thank you


  12. I love these! I use raisins instead of cranberries (since they are easier to find with no sugar added) and I roll them up into little balls instead for a quick and easy treat for me and my son. They never stay around long and I find it satisfies my sweet tooth. Thank you!


  13. How many calories per serving?


  14. The bars are delicious! How many calories per serving?


  15. Aren’t dates pollinated with wheat flour, which would make them not gluten free?


  16. I wonder how these would work out if dehydrated, rather than frozen. Think they would stick together better if taken for a run or bike ride?


  17. What type of food processor did you use to make these? I have a vitamix, but I have a hard time getting the nuts to always reach the blade as opposed to sticking to the walls of the pitcher. Any tips?


  18. My 9 yr old son & I made these Thanksgiving day. Our coconut and cranberries were a bit less than fresh, and while about 2 Tbsp of water while running the food processor seemed to cover the necessary moisture, we couldn’t resist adding about 1 Tbsp of maple syrup. We also dropped in 1 tsp of maple pepper. Awesome! The pepper adds this great little bite just at the end, and it helps to keep us from eating too many!!

    Future add-ins/ons:
    Sea salt – would be lovely with cashews, ginger & apricots
    Figs – additional spices too like nutmeg & allspice

    And the mind just wanders…… 😉


  19. I made these a few days ago and loved them. They looked exactly like your picture and the texture and flavor was great. I will try using raw cashews next time for a change. I was not hungry at all for hours after eating one. Thanks for this recipe.


  20. Once you have made a batch of these, do you know how long they would last in the refrigerator? Thanks


  21. I’ve now made my second batch of this tasty snack. It’s another home run with my 14 year old son. Love these bars!


  22. I made these in a Vitamix with almonds and coconut going in first. Also changed things up a bit. Did 1/2 cup apricots 1/2 cup dried blueberries instead of cranberries and substituted sugar-free organic cacao nibs for chocolate chips. Delicious and perfect but it did overheat the Vitamix at the end! Next time I would add more coconut for the health benefits and maybe press in a few pumpkin seeds on top!


  23. How about an energy bar that is truly low glycemic, unlike the one that has lots of dates and cranberries? More like not-sweet but higher protein?


  24. I find most dried cranberries are soaked in sugar ……which kind do you use Paleogrubs fans?
    Looking for your suggestions


  25. I tried this today, it’s taste so good. My girls 21 and 19 years old couldn’t believe it, one of them said it taste better than it looks. I’m allergic to nut, instead of almond I used sunflower seeds. For those who are allergic to nuts, sunflower seeds taste good too.


  26. Made thes today with half almond half cashews. Turned out perfectly. Not that they will last, but how long do they keep for in the fridge or can they be frozen?


  27. These are great tasting and so easy to make, thank you for sharing! I’m always looking for the perfect gluten free snacks that I can bring on road trips as I’m celiac and cannot eat gluten. Many shops in Ireland and UK sell “gluten free” products that are full of unhealthy chemicals and high in sugar so it becomes essential to make your own.


  28. I’ve made these twice so far and my kids even like them. I used my bullet with the muller blade with almonds, dried cranberries and prunes, coconut flakes and 3 squares of 90% cacao….so good!!!


  29. 2 hours, 3 different stores for ingredients, maay have burned out my montel blender…the the kitchen aide blender attachment didn’t cut the mustard, nor did the food processor attachment. All night, huge mess, and nothing to show for it. This recipe is not for me. I got the message.


    • Sorry to hear that these didn’t work out for you, These are such a good snack! you do need a good food processor, worth the investment


  30. I discovered that dried cherries are gooey enough to hold the ingredients together. Some ingredient variations I tried were dried mango, which were wonderful. I made a lot of these bars to take with me to a wk-long conference and have something to eat going and coming on the long drive. Worked perfectly along with paleo muffins to have something satisfying and healthy to chow down on. Thanks so much for sharing.


  31. Made a batch today and ended up too dry at first. I added about a Tbsp of coconut oil and it came together nicely.


  32. I’ve made these a couple of times and absoulutely loved them! Will be going to the shops shortly to buy ingredients to make it again! 🙂


  33. Amazing. 👌👌👌

    Rating: 5


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Paleo Energy Bar Recipe (Gluten-Free) - Paleo Grubs (2024)


Is Paleo dairy free and gluten-free? ›

While there are many benefits to the paleo diet, there are also some drawbacks. For example, the paleo diet eliminates several food groups that are highly nutritious, including legumes, dairy, and gluten-containing grains.

What grains are gluten-free on the Paleo diet? ›

Unfortunately, they are difficult to digest when the body is under stress, and are not allowed in a strict Paleo diet. However, once you are ready to follow the Paleo Plus framework, you can reintroduce gluten-free grains like buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa and rice back into your diet with these recipes.

What are the ingredients in a Paleo bar? ›

Paleo Bars are USDA Organic and Paleo Certified. We gathered up the best ingredients: almonds, honey, coconut, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sea salt and cinnamon are combined to make a protein-packed snack that is both savory and sweet. No refined sugars, trans fats, or preservatives ever come near the Paleo Bars.

Is peanut butter OK on paleo diet? ›

Peanuts are technically legumes, which are not paleo compliant, and that means peanut butter is off limits for paleo eaters. All other nuts and seeds are fair game, so if nuts and seeds are the only ingredients, snack away!

What are 3 grains that are gluten-free? ›

Do All Grains Have Gluten? Nope. Commonly used gluten-free grains, or “pseudo grains,” include buckwheat, corn, flax, millet, rice, quinoa and sorghum. These grains have many dietary benefits.

What gluten-free grains are anti inflammatory? ›

Quinoa, GF: This versatile, high-protein seed is an ideal grain substitute. Research suggests it might suppress the release of pro-inflammatory proteins in the body called cytokines, which could be helpful for preventing inflammation. Sorghum, GF: This cereal grain is rich in protein.

What are the four main grains to avoid in a gluten-free diet? ›

Grains not allowed
  • Wheat.
  • Barley.
  • Rye.
  • Triticale — a cross between wheat and rye.
  • Oats, in some cases.

Is chocolate OK on paleo? ›

Cocoa, and even chocolate, definitely fit within the bounds of paleo. The tricky part is processed sugars and milk do not. And the majority of commercial chocolate, including micro-batch craft chocolate, contains processed sugars. A general rule of thumb among Paleo dieters is the darker the chocolate, the better.

What do paleo people put in their coffee? ›

“Other alternatives include almond milk creamer, coconut milk, and coconut creamer, which are not usually fortified and not as nutritionally rich.” If you like sweeteners or sugar in your coffee, go for honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup, or stevia. A sprinkle of cinnamon in your coffee tastes great, too!

What are the inflammatory foods on the paleo diet? ›

Foods that cause inflammation include refined carbohydrates, wheat and other cereal grains, soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, margarine, shortening and lard, and processed meats. [1,2,6] These types of food can alter our gut health, as well as cause insulin to spike which is what contributes the inflammation.

What should be avoided in energy bars? ›

Ingredients to avoid: High-fructose corn syrup: Added as an inexpensive sweetener, it is worse than regular white sugar. Soy isolate: It may sound natural and healthy, being a soy product, but it's not something you could make yourself (warning sign!).

Does oatmeal have gluten? ›

Yes, pure, uncontaminated oats are gluten-free. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration considers oats a gluten-free grain under its gluten-free labeling regulations and only requires that packaged products with oats as an ingredient contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten overall.

Does peanut butter contain gluten? ›

Living gluten-free can be a challenge. It's important to know that peanuts, peanut butter, peanut flour and peanut oil are considered naturally gluten-free foods. Gluten is a form of protein found in wheat, barley and rye (2).

Does a paleo diet include dairy? ›

The typical paleo diet focuses on naturally raised meat and fish, as well as vegetables and fruits. It promotes avoiding dairy products and grains. This diet can put you at risk for deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D, which are critical to bone health.

What is a gluten and dairy free diet called? ›

It has become known as the “anti-inflammatory diet” in some circles because a common cause for going both gluten and dairy free is digestive inflammation or discomfort. This can seem like the ultimate double-whammy of diet plans, but never fear!

What is not allowed on paleo diet? ›

The diet excludes cereal grains, legumes, dairy, processed oils, refined sugar, alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats. Some paleo-friendly foods include lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

Why can't paleo eat dairy? ›

In the strict Paleo sense, dairy of any form was not consumed in the Palaeolithic Era, other than human milk in infancy of course. It just wasn't very practical to milk wild game.

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