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Chocolate Cranberry Power Bars

chocolate cranberry power bar recipe gluten-free

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 Barsprint

  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

Makes 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’

posted on March 29, 2011, 48 comments

  1. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com @ kirantarun.com/food

    That power bar looks delish!

  2. Christine @ Nourish the Budding Lotus @ buddinglotusbody.com/nourish

    Yum! These look delicious, and I am excited to try them :)

  3. amber

    How do you store these to keep them fresh?

  4. Robyn Baldwin

    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.

  5. Cecilia

    can I use agave instead of stevia?

  6. Shirley @ gfe @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    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. :-)


  7. Marika Ujvari

    Elena – do you live in Boulder??? I lived there for 45 years befire moving to Windsor

  8. 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)!

  9. Another great recipe Elana! I love Lara Bars, they’re such a great snack when you’re on the go. Can’t wait to try these.

  10. neona

    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! =)

  11. Alisa Fleming @ alisacooks.com

    Yummers! I love the use of stevia and pecans in these. With the cacao, I’m thinking dried blueberries or dried cherries would go really nicely too!

  12. Ashley @ Taste for Healthy @ tasteforhealthy.blogspot.com

    What a perfect healthy snack! I love Lara bars, but I am sure it is much more cost effective to make a similar power bar yourself!

  13. Elana,
    Thank you for the “Love Link”! You have inspired me to recreate a new power bar! Thanks again! ~Debbie

  14. Julia

    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!

  15. Do you think cashews would work in this recipe?

  16. Angie Halten @ blog.glutenfreeclub.com

    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?

  17. Katie @ Wellness Mama @ wellnessmama.com

    These look great! I make a similar one with cashews, coconut oil, dates and vanilla. It tastes like cookie dough. I just don’t use the agave… more fructose than sugar… yuck!

  18. Erin

    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 :)

  19. Melanie Heavenly @ tastebudsinheaven.blogspot.com

    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!

  20. Melanie Heavenly @ tastebudsinheaven.blogspot.com

    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

  21. debi riley

    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!!!

  22. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods @ keepitsimplefoods.com

    These look amazing!

  23. Kate (Peacocks & Moonshine) @ peacocksandmoonshine.com

    This recipe looks so delicious and easy! Although I haven’t commented on your blog in a while, but I am a frequent visitor. Thanks for the great recipe :)

  24. These look wonderful. This is one category I have not yet tackled. Thanks for the great recipe!
    Warm regards,

  25. Heather

    I just made these. Added a handful of dark choc chips on top to entice my son. He loved them!

  26. Lauren at Keep It Sweet @ keepitsweetblog.com

    What a good money saver to make these from scratch!

  27. These just look amazing! I’ve added the recipe to My Favorite Recipes from Last Week post. Thanks! ~Aubree Cherie

  28. Kristin Walukas

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

  29. Lisa

    I made these this afternoon and they are delicious! Elana- how do you store these once you cut them up??

  30. Katie @ RIddlelove @ riddlelove.com

    These are great! I used goji berries instead of cranberries and substituted the stevia and agave with 2 T maple syrup. I also added a little sea salt and cinnamon. YUM!

  31. Julie

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


  32. Isabelle

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

  33. Sandy

    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. :)

  34. Caitlin

    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!

  35. Amy

    Do these require refrigeration or is room temp fine? Thank you!

  36. 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!

  37. Krispy

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


  38. Sarah

    These are so good! They are my new solution for my mid-afternoon chocolate carvings!

  39. Kirsty Thompson

    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 :)

  40. Grace Bazin

    Hello! Wondering what the protein content of these bars are.. thanks!

  41. craig

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

  42. Stacy

    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!!

  43. Beth

    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?

  44. Catharine

    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.

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