This incredible nut-free power bar recipe is made with just 7 healthy ingredients. Better yet? Paleo Cranberry Coconut Power Bars are also gluten-free and grain-free. Eat them after you go to your CrossFit workout, or if you’re more of a middle aged woman such as myself who prefers sleep to exercise, eat them after a long walk in the foothills, or a restorative yoga class.
I’m using Steve’s unsweetened dried cranberries for this recipe, which is based upon my Cherry Vanilla Power Bar recipe. I came to know Steve this past spring and have become a fan since we first met (via email). Of course it is not surprising that an Italian in New Jersey and a New York Jew would have affinity for one another. Steve is an astute businessman, supporting exercise and fitness for lower income children and underprivileged youth –who’s not a fan of that?! Steve is candid, smart and dedicated –what more need I say.
Here’s that Paleo Power Bar recipe for those of you who are tough (the CrossFitters) and those of you who are more mellow about your exercise (like myself).
Cranberry Coconut Power Bars
- 1 cup hemp seeds
- ½ cup golden flaxmeal
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ⅔ cup coconut butter, melted
- 1½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla stevia
- ⅛ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- In a food processor, pulse together hemp, flax, and cranberries
- Pulse in coconut butter, shredded coconut, salt and stevia
- Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
- Refrigerate for 2 hours until firm
Store these nut-free power bars in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
What is your favorite form of exercise? Do you CrossFit? Would you lose sleep to workout? Leave a comment and let me know. I know a bunch about your food likes and habits, and now I’m curious about your activity levels…or lack thereof ;-)
Here are some of my other homemade paleo power bar recipes:
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Melisse W Fowler says
Surprised to say, but I actually HAD coconut BUTTER in the pantry. I added a date for a little extra chewiness/sweetness. They are good. I like the “seediness.” For those that have mentioned the bars being crumbly, if you pack them down really, really good, they hold together just fine (did for me anyway). Or perhaps add an extra teaspoon to tablespoon of the melted coconut butter to help it stay together.
Hi Elana, would it matter if I used coconut oil instead of the butter? Since it’s going to be melted anyway?
I just made them and I only had coconut oil – guess I will find out in a while!
Ann, I haven’t tried that so not sure :-)
Actually, they were pretty tasty! A little firm, but out of the fridge for a few minutes and they were easy to cut.
Nikki Crockett says
I made these using pepitas rather than hemp seeds, a small handful of dried apricots rather than the cranberries and added a tblsp of coconut oil. Flattened it out in a pyrex lined with parchment paper and sprinkled it with coconut sugar (omitted the stevia) stuck it in the freezer. Super yummy! Thanks for getting me started!!! :)
Nikki, you’re very welcome!
Jenifer Haler says
Found these tasty but crumbly. Thought they might work best shaped into little balls, so I tried that yesterday. It was tricky to shape the balls, but once they were refrigerated – they hung together well and were perfect delicious bites of energy. I recommend “Cranberry Coconut Power Balls” rather than “bar.”
Jenifer, so glad you enjoyed these :-)