chocolate cranberry power bar recipe gluten-free

Chocolate Cranberry Power Bars

This recipe was adapted from one by Pam Vagnieres‘ in an article called Make Your Own Protein Bars that ran last year in my local newspaper The Daily Camera.  These high protein, gluten free power bars are easy to make and remind me of a Lärabar, though these are super fresh since they’re homemade, and they’re also not quite as sweet.

My boys and their friends loved these bars and gobbled them up during spring break, when our house was boys central.

Chocolate Cranberry Power Bars
  1. Blend pecans and cacao powder in food processor until combined and coarsely ground
  2. Add in dates and process until blended into dry ingredients
  3. Process in vanilla, stevia and agave until well combined
  4. Stir (or work in) dried cranberries with a spoon or by hand
  5. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  6. Freeze for 1 hour, or until firm, then cut into 16 squares

If cranberries aren’t your thing check out my other gluten free power bar recipes, Chocolate Espresso Power Bars, Spicy Power Bars and the crowd favorite Almond Power Bars.

For more yummy power bar recipes from other gluten free food bloggers check out:
Sesame Snack Bars (Gluten-Free & Casein Free) from Lexie of Lexie’s Kitchen
Popeye Protein and Fruit Bars from Shirley of Gluten free Easily
The Best Ever Gluten-Free Power Bars from Debbie of The Gluten-Free ‘Dish’


  1. Robyn Baldwin says

    Has anyone tried this with chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa powder? If so, what was the results? I’m giving it a go this weekend, but wanted to know if anyone had any experience with it first.

  2. Catharine says

    This is just delicious! I’m recently on a very strict diet and was searching for a snack, something nice and sweet. I tried your recipe and I loved it very much. This is my number one snack, thank you very much for sharing it.

    I must say that my squares don’t look so neat as yours above on the picture. Mines are crumbly and fall apart easily. I’m not sure why.

  3. Beth says

    I made the chocolate-cranberry power bars and they taste great but crumble badly. I followed the recipe exactly except I left out the stevia. What can you suggest?

    • Catharine says

      Hi Beth,

      I had the same problem. I uses this recipe again last week en added a bit of water en that worked really wel! It’s not as crumbly anymore and I can easily cut squares. I also don’t use stevia.

  4. Stacy says

    Great Recipe! I made mine with calimyrna figs instead of dates. They were divine! I also rolled them in parchment paper as you would for icebox sugar cookies. I cut them in disks to serve with my morning (and afternoon) coffee!!

  5. craig says

    My wonderful wife has made these power bars this weekend. They are fantastic & SO easy to make. Thanks for this fail-safe recipe.

  6. Kirsty Thompson says

    These power bars are DELICIOUS!!! I found them sweet enough without the stevia and used a mixture of cranberries and cherries. Yum :) Everyone who I have given them to sample have LOVED them and been amazed that they contain no “nasties”. I have recently discovered Elana’s site and am just so thrilled to have come across such a gem! I have tried about 8 of her recipes so far and all have been a hit. I have been sharing the site with all my friends too. Thank you so much Elana – it is always such a treat to come across a good website with healthy recipes that doesn’t call for a myriad of unavailable/obscure ingredients. Well done and THANK YOU again :)

  7. Krispy says

    Just wanted to thank you for all of these wonderful recipes. It really helps to add variety and taste into my daughters special diet.


  8. says

    I did this but substituted the pecans with half cashews and half almonds (pecan allergy) and they turned out DELISH! Thanks for your work…it’s made my cooking life a lot easier!

  9. Caitlin says

    I just finished making these and my goodness are they ever good! I’m newly gluten free and was craving something sweet but healthy and these hit the spot! Their so easy to make as well. These will save me from going out to buy Lara bars now!

  10. Sandy says

    Just made these. LOVE them! Except for the fact that I need a new food processor to handle bigger quantities, no trouble at all to make and very delicious. :)

  11. Isabelle says

    a friend of mine made those (using your recipe) and gave me some. They are YUMMY. Can’t wait to make some.

  12. Julie says

    I’d love to try these but have nonmejol dates. About how many cups/ounces of dates would you say?


  13. Kristin Walukas says

    I found these delish, but too crumbly – I’d made them again, but add a little coconut oil to help hold them together.

  14. debi riley says

    These look so yummy! I just bought some medjool dates and forgot how good they are, they melt in your mouth, so this looks right up my ally, thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes!!!

  15. says

    Question please – what can I substitute stevia and agave with? Syrup – not as healthy i know but I don’t really want to try and source, or outlay the extra cash for these ingredients. Thanks! x

  16. says

    Fab recipe – thanks. In fact last week I blogged about discovering raw food. Mainly because my partner started buying Power Balls which are outrageously priced per unit. I’ll be making these and saving many pennies!

  17. Erin says

    Those look great and lucky me, I picked up some dates recently. I’ve missed Clif Bars since going GF. Can’t wait to make these :)

  18. says

    Snack food is one of my staples. I can’t wait to make these. I have never bought medjool dates before. Are they the same as normal dates you buy at the grocery store?

  19. Julia says

    These look awesome! I have the same 2 questions regarding the Stevia…what is the conversion to powder, and can agave be used instead?

    Thanks for another yum yum!

  20. neona says

    I really want to make these, but only have powdered Stevia- how does that change the recipe? Like x number of drops equals 1 tsp? Thanks! =)

  21. says

    I made something very much like this, but only used coconut, pecans and dates, with a little himalayan sea salt. It tastes just like having a slice of pecan pie (but without the corn syrup)!

  22. says

    Oh, those look good, Elana! And they look remarkably similar to the power bars you linked to on my site, less the cranberries. ;-) Thanks so much for the mention, dear! I can just visualize a house full of boys loving these. :-)


  23. Robyn Baldwin says

    I love power bars as a quick go-to snack. Can’t wait to try these out on my non-GF-who-gobbles-up-my-Elana-treats family.

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