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Paleo Breakfast Bars

paleo breakfast bar recipe

Paleo breakfast bars made with almond flour, coconut oil, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and raisins.

This recipe for Paleo Breakfast Bars is an amended version of a recipe I posted in 2009. I have rewritten this recipe for several reasons.

First, although a number of people swore by it, others commented that the bars came out crumbly for them. Second, the original recipe was not Paleo as it contained grapeseed oil and agave (for more information on which foods are Paleo go to this list from balancedbites.com, orĀ this list from fitbomb.com).

In any event, this simple gluten-free homemade breakfast bar recipe is a favorite in our house as it is easy to pack for a hike and delicious enough to serve as a healthy dessert after lunch or dinner. I also serve it to the boys as a Paleo after school snack –their friends love it and eat a whole dish at a time, however they refer to these as granola bars or power bars.

Paleo Breakfast Bars

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  1. In a food processor combine almond flour and salt
  2. Pulse in coconut oil, honey, water and vanilla
  3. Pulse in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and raisins
  4. Press dough into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish, wetting your hands with water to pat dough down
  5. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes
  6. Cool bars in pan for 2 hours, then serve

Makes 16 bars

Last week I had the good fortune to pop into New York to do some pre-publicity for my new book, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry. I met with several magazine editors and appeared on Fox News Live with the very engaging interviewer John Hunt, and I spoke extensively about the Paleo Diet. Here is the video.

Just a reminder, my book Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry will be published early this summer, on June 18th, 2013.

Here are some of my other favorite Paleo snack recipes:



posted on March 20, 2013, 66 comments

  1. DamselflyDiary

    I just printed off this recipe and can’t wait to try it. We will be going on a road trip in the next couple of weeks and I think these would be great to bring along for the car and hotel room. Thanks!

    P.S. Great interview by the way!

  2. Aidel.K

    Elana–such a wonderful interview on Fox! You’re very poised and articulate. I’m going to look up those cookies now & see if they will work for Pesach.

  3. leese

    I am a huge fan of these bars, and have been making the modifications above since I first discovered the recipe. My decidely un-healthy friends pout if I show up to a weekend event without a batch of “Hippie Bars” with me. Luckily, they’re ridiculously easy to make, so its rare that I show up empty handed.

    Delish.

  4. Eden

    Don’t you just love it when you read a recipe and realize that you have all of the ingredients in your pantry? I’m so excited to go home and try this!

  5. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts @ allglutenfreedesserts.com

    I’m all for this new, revised version, Elana! I remember when you were on tv before sharing the original version. ;-) Great interview per usual! :-)

    xo,
    Shirley

  6. You are SO awesome Elana! Awesome interview, so excited to see all of your success :)

  7. erin

    Anyone have an idea on what could replace the honey? I’m doing a candida cleanse and can’t have anything sugary/sweet. Maybe apple sauce?

  8. LeanChick @ usescoconutoil.com

    This recipe sounds delectable and I’m looking forward to making these this weekend. Definitely going to add in some 100% cacao to satisfy my chocolate addiction! Love all the use of coconut oil and flakes: good fats, low sugar and tons of health benefits!

  9. Congratulations on your interview! I’ve been eating GoodGreens bars, but even those I’ve found too sweet. I think I’ll try a little (real) maple syrup – about half the amount of honey because it’s thinner — and because I have maple syrup and not honey, lol. These look great! Looking forward to baking a batch :)

  10. Lisa @ Real Food Kosher @ realfoodkosher.com

    Great interview!!

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

    This is a breakfast bar that I’m sure we’d enjoy any time of the day!

  12. Elana,
    I’ve followed your blog for a few years and don’t know if I’ve ever commented. I just have to say that I watched your interview and you did such a great job. It must’ve been pretty unnerving to be on television but you handled it perfectly while keeping it light. I always have a hard time explaining the paleo lifestyle because people don’t believe that you can lose weight or that its healthy eating so much meat.
    Anyway, you rock! You did terrific.
    Sara

  13. Charmaine

    Hi Elana,
    I love receiving your recipes and I try out most of them and some turn out well and others do not….. Until today, while reading someone else’s comment, I realised why most of the things that I made did not turn out like your photo’s of scrumptious food. I had no idea that your cup measurements are all different for different dry ingredients/wet things. Here in the UK a cup measurement is a standard cup 8oz or 225g. So everything I have tried to make from your ingredient list has been using the 8oz cup. Hence the disasters in some of my cakes/bread etc. I am sure that this is why there are so many people with the same problems and comments.
    Would it be possible to write the ounces and fluid ounces or even grammes and millilitres, for each item that you use in your recipes, so International people can have the same success as you have in your baking as most countries can use ounces or grammes etc.
    Thanks Elana :) I am really grateful for all the work you have put in helping others and creating this web site for the world to share.

    • Gemma

      Elana is already doing so much…I think asking her to convert all of her recipes for people in other countries is not right. Surely, there are websites that can assist you with this.

  14. great interview. can’t wait for the cookbook in june!

  15. [scream] You are soooo cute!!!

    You are SO modest…you didn’t tell me you were just in NYC and on TV! Nice job!

    Love the term “gluten-free Dark Ages” and I loved it how he said they tasted “naughty” ahahaha

  16. Liz @ The Good Eatah @ thegoodeatah.blogspot.com

    Elana, you were so great during that interview (and explained paleo so well; some people make it so complicated)! Well done. These breakfast bars sound perfect for our family. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Christine

    I’ve tried a number of your recipes since I’ve discovered your website about a year ago. I’m not celiac but gluten intolerant and have found that I feel better when I don’t eat a lot of grains.

    I would love to try these bars but my oldest daughter does not like coconut. What could I use instead to make sure there is enough ingredients?

  18. i JUST made these and my kids are gobbling them up as we speak. they’re 4 & 6. i was pretty skeptical because of the amount of nuts since my 4 year old “doesn’t like nuts” (tough being a paleo kid). anyway, glad i took the chance!

    thank you!

  19. Grant

    Delicious but still crumbly. I wasn’t able to pull them out of the pan as bars and am thinking I’ll turn the resulting heap of yumminess into granola.

  20. Shannon

    I made these bars and they did not turn out. They did not turn into bars. They were just as crumbly when I took them out of the oven as when I put them into the oven. Any suggestions as to what I did wrong or what may have happened.

  21. Kelli

    Made these tonite, and although they came out a little crumbly, they tasted delicious! Other than using cranberries in place of raisins (personal preference) I followed the recipe as written. I will definitely make these on a regular basis.

  22. KT

    Just made these this morning for breakfast. LOVE them! My little guys would not go for the nuts/seeds/raisins, so I added 1/4-1/3 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips in lieu of the nuts/seeds/raisins and left in the coconut-tasted a little like Almond Joy bars! Thank you for another great recipe to work in to our morning rotation!

  23. Carlyn Berghoff @ gffamilyfood.com

    Thanks Elana – I can’t wait to try these at home. This may be the next perfect addition to our traveling food bag. Questions – do they travel well and how long would you say they last?

  24. These look so yummy! I will have to make them soon! :)

  25. Tania

    Delightful interview! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us. I follow your blog, and so far have one of your cookbooks, but someday I will have all three. :) Blessings and joy to you. You are a blessing to so many people.

  26. Thank you for this healthy recipe. I made these bars for breakfast. They taste so delicious.

  27. DamselflyDiary

    Alas, my bars didn’t form either. Instead I have what could be called granola.

    I am disappointed as I was hoping to be able to transport these. I followed the directions exactly with the only difference being that I had sliced almonds instead of slivered and used cranberries instead of raisins. I can’t imagine either of those making a difference.

    However, they taste good. Next time I might try adding in a little gluten free flour and see if that helps bind it. Since I am not Paleo that’s not an issue for me.

  28. Wow, These are delicious and packed with good ingredients. I’m amazed at how you can come up with so many good ideas and recipes to get all these different food sources in your diet. Very creative and great tasting. I wish I had that talent.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  29. Becky

    Awesome interview! You are super cute!

    Although I am a little confused. Why is grapeseed oil not paleo? And shortening is? I’m a little new to this.

    • SophieE

      Neither are paleo. I’m not even kind of new to paleo. Grapeseed oil is high in inflammatory omega 6 and shortening has some of that plus potential trans fats. Cavemen certainly did not have vegan shortening. While the paleo diet includes some foods not available to cavemen (modern varieties of fruit, vinegar etc), one must weigh up the health pros and cons. For me and most paleo people i think that coconut oil, lard, ghee (a lot of dairy free people can tolerate) are far better options if you want a firm fat to cook with. Macadamia oil is a great semi neutral tasting liquid fat you can use instead of grapeseed oil- even light olive oil is a pretty good option (though not as buttery as macadamia oil).

  30. Rose

    Those having trouble with it being crumbly – are you sure you are using Almond flour and not almond meal? Almond flour is much finer and I would assume it would bind much better than meal.

    • DamselflyDiary

      Yep! I used blanched almond flour from Honeyville. I am going to try another commenter’s suggestion next time and try pulsing longer to see if that helps. I might also add in a little gluten free flour since I am not on a Paleo diet.

  31. Rose

    Made this last night and it was wonderful – not too sweet but very flavorful. I think it is important to firmly press the mixture into the pan (I used a smaller roller. Next time I will use parchment paper so I can lift it up and slice it cleanly after cooling. Not crumbly but it’s delicate. Great recipe – thanks!

  32. Beth

    I have been using the blanched almond flour and this recipe still comes out crumbly and not formed. I have made it a few times trying different things (less coconut, a bit more almond flour..) but nothing works. That said, I don’t mind using this as a granola recipe. Much rather have my children snacking on anything that isn’t sugary and processed.

  33. Judith

    I just tried these and the flavor is great. However mine was crumbly too. I took a close look at your photo and I think I see the problem. I don’t think I “pulsed” them long enough. The seeds and nuts are still recognizeable in mine and yours looks more like dough. I just put in a second batch that I “pulsed” more and hope they turn out a bit less crumbly. If not, as others said, it will make a great granola. Thanks for the great recipe. I have pre-ordered your new book and can hardly wait to see all the new recipes.

  34. Nishma

    I made these yesterday and they were GONE by the end of day. Delicious, flavorful, healthy, not too sweet! I added an egg because I was worried the bars would be too crumbly. Next time, I’ll use parchment paper to be able to get them out of the pan in one piece. Definitely a keeper of a recipe.

  35. Renee

    Well, I made these. Never know if my family will like my healthy goodies. My 17 year old daughter loved them!!! In fact she almost ate the whole batch by herself. I’d say they were a hit! Thank you for the recipe, it’s a keeper at our house!

  36. Gabrielle

    I would like to know if I can make your breakfast bars without coconut.

    Thank you

  37. Joan Cortez

    I just made the walnut and date bread. It was delicious but did not rise as much as the others. It seemed a lot flatter. It was a great tasting sweet bread.

  38. Just Jake

    my friend alman just let me try it and this junk was the bomb. i would pay for it! :)

  39. Dennis

    Can anyone explain how almond flour is paleo? I keep seeing it in paleo recipes but it’s full of phytic acid isn’t it? It is a grain of sorts is it not?

  40. OK – just edit this – some of us are morons OR have our kids let loose on these recipes and the kitch. I used regular sunflower seeds – umm.. salted… and the 1/4 tspn salt. Uggh! Be sure to write UNSALTED RAW sunflowers for all of those of us kitch challenged. I just suggested raw, because they are even better for you – and duhh – they are never salted… so it’s rather redundant.

    Your cookbook just says sunflower seeds.

    Keep rocking the great recipes! These were gone so fast – next time we will triple the recipe and SO easy to make

  41. Janina Locascio @ moreoatspleae.com

    Have these in the oven now – with a few minor substitutions just based on what I had in my pantry. I also doubled the recipe!

    Can’t wait till they come out!

  42. Lauren H.

    I tried to post a picture of my perfect bars, but I couldn’t! Two things that I think are necessary to make it work: 1) As others have said, you need to do more than pulse, you need to let it run until the seeds and such have broken down into much smaller granules. And 2) Your hands must be continuously wet as you work it into the pan. The water really makes it bind together, to the point that it is a bit squishy/not at all crumb-like before you put it in. Good luck, hope yours are as delicious as mine! :)

  43. Lisa

    Can you use coconut flour instead of almond flour/meal? Thanks!

  44. Elizabeth

    Excellent!! Baking at high altitude has been…a challenge. These were perfect.
    Thanks!

  45. Lori

    I have been making these for about a month now and I didn’t realize you were supposed to put the ingredients in a food processor! Well, I have one, but I don’t plan to use it. This recipe works wonderful if you just toss the ingredients in the bowl and mix with a spatula. I actually like the whole seeds and would miss the added crunch factor if they were processed. Besides that, it’s very pleasing to the eye!

    Most people who taste this bar love it as much as I do.

  46. Sarah

    Does baking soda need to be added to this recipe?

  47. diane

    A friend brought these over one day and I couldn’t believe how delicious they were. I’ve now made two batches myself. Simple and quick to make, and although Elana doesn’t provide nutrition data, it’s easy enough to get. But with 100% real food, you can be sure it’s nutritious in all sorts of ways.
    I love them, thanks for the recipe!

  48. Alicia M

    is this and the other bread/muffin recipes freezer friendly? I am new to this way of eating and don’t want to waste the ingredience trying to freeze if it doesnt work. Almond flower is pricey. yikes.

  49. Claudette Derdaele

    What great recipes. Just came across you and these wonderful ideas looking for gluten-free muffin ideas. I am counting points for Weight Watchers and wondering if you’d have the nutrition info. for your Paleo protein bars and your lemon blueberry muffins?
    I plan on visiting your site for other great ideas. Thank you for being for generous in sharing.
    Thanks.

  50. Bradley Runyan

    Elana,
    I make these bars every weekend. We have them with a smoothie before walking the dogs early every morning. This week I added another 1/2 cup of cranberries because my mate loves cranberries. I baked it 5 minutes more because I like the color. It was great. You can modify this one.
    Thank you for your very good work.
    Best,
    Bradley

  51. Anne Saathoff

    I love these bars! I do wish that they weren’t quite as crumbly as they are. Anyone know of a way to adjust the recipe for that?

  52. Analia

    Crumbly for me too but indeed delicious. Maybe adding a bit more coconut flakes would help.

  53. Terrific! Made these last night and they came out great. I was looking for a quick non-gluten breakfast bar and I love that they are so quick to come together. I baked them in a parchment lined pan and once they were out of the oven, sliced into them so they would not crumble after fully cooled. I’m not following Paleo and so calculated the calories based on the raw ingredients for a batch yielding16 pieces to be approximately 175 calories each. Thanks!

  54. I made these as a raw version. Made the recipe exactly as is, then rolled very thin, dehydrated for about 6 hours one side, then flipped and dehydrated a few more hours. Perfect snack with some peanut butter on top. Next time I might use less honey, they are fairly sweet. (this coming from someone who consumes very little sugar)

  55. mmsg

    bh
    Just made these bars again, but this time I added a beaten egg, and they slice much better. I also left it baking a bit longer than the recipe says. I took a tip from one of the posters here, and only used a bowl and spoon to mix it all together, not the food processor. Love the crunch! Thank you and Shana Tova!

  56. Kathryn

    Elana, have you calculated the mg’s of protein / bar with this recipe? I have a friend who is getting Chemo and is looking for protein rich bars for breakfast / snack as she just can’t stomach eating meat.

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