15 Paleo Energy Bar Recipes To Fuel Your Day
Energy bars are the perfect grab-and-go snack for busy days.
But there are several reasons you’ll want to avoid shop-bought bars.
- Unlike the bars you make yourself…
- They often contain flavorings and preservatives
- As well as unhealthy artificial sweeteners
Luckily, there are plenty of easy-to-make energy bar recipes out there.
And they’re full of good-for-you ingredients…
- Like sticky dates, sweet apricots, and flavorful coconut
- Superfoods like chia seeds and goji berries
- Plus health-boosting collagen peptides for better skin and nails
You can pop these bars into lunchboxes for a sweet afternoon treat:
- Cacao Date Energy Bar
- Mango Coconut Protein Bar
You can nibble on these bars for a pre-workout energy boost:
- Chocolate Chunk Lara Bars
- Almond Date Power Bar
And these bars will even stand in for breakfast on days when you’re running late!
- Pecan Pie Protein Bars
- Toasted Almond and Chocolate Homemade Protein Bars
Read through the list of recipes here or download the whole list to look at later by clicking on the green button below.
Table Of Contents – Paleo Energy Bar Recipes
- Paleo Energy Bar Recipes – Fruit-Based
- Paleo Energy Bar Recipes – Nut and Seed-Based
- Paleo Energy Bar Recipes – Chocolate Bars
Paleo Energy Bar Recipes – Fruit-Based
– Stupid Easy Paleo
Ingredients: almonds, pecans, Medjool dates, dried berries or cherries, shredded coconut, sea salt, coconut oil.
These bars are so simple to make – no cooking involved – and they are so delicious. The dates give them the stickiness you need to hold the ingredients together and they are a fantastic slow-release energy source. A great idea for lunch boxes or to take to the gym for a mid-workout boost. Once you have tried these you won’t be buying store-bought bars anymore!
– Real Food Forager
Ingredients: almond butter, dates, cinnamon, honey, coconut oil (optional).
Dates are a fabulous source of nutrients and can actually help aid gut health as they are easily digested. In these power bars, they add a rich stickiness to the texture. With only a few ingredients, these bars must be the easiest and simple ones to make, and because they don’t have large chunks in them, they are very popular with children, so why not add one to the lunchbox!
Ingredients: dried black mission figs, dried golden raisins, dried tart cherries or dried apricots or dried cranberries, plantain chips or plantain strips, shredded coconut, cinnamon, sea salt.
Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified
This is a truly adaptable recipe which is suitable for AIP followers. The bars have no added sweeteners or oils, and the combination of sweet and tart from the fruits used here make them so tasty – a great snack to fill you if you have a while to wait and are running on empty! These can be stored in an airtight container or frozen, but we recommend you separate them with wax paper first so they are easy to take out.
– Real Food Forager
Ingredients: dried mango, collagen peptides, honey (optional), vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt, ginger, shredded coconut.
If you have a family member who has nut intolerances it can be difficult to find energy bars for them. So why not make your own? These are so easy to make and have a lovely tropical flavor thanks to the mango and ginger. Obviously, these bars contain a lot of natural sugars, so should not be eaten too regularly, but they are ideal for an occasional snack.
– A Girl Worth Saving
Ingredients: dried coconut, cashews, dried strawberries, coconut cream, coconut oil, collagen peptides, vanilla extract, coconut flour, sea salt.
Photo Credit: Kelly from A Girl Worth Saving
Who doesn’t like strawberries and cream! So to have them in a healthy snack bar is amazing! The whole family will love these tasty treats. Full of healthy fats and proteins from the nuts, they also have a natural sweetness from the strawberries. The collagen peptides can also help keep your hair and nails strong and can be useful for skin conditions too, so are great for teens and tots alike.
– Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!
Ingredients: dates, almonds, ginger, dried cherries, cinnamon, ginger powder, allspice, nutmeg, clove.
Because of the spices in these bars, they almost taste of Christmas! They are deliciously warming and gingery and because they are gluten-free, would make a great boost bar for anyone in the family. Homemade snack bars are so much healthier and so much cheaper, that once you make these you will never want to buy ready-made again!
– Real Food Forager
Ingredients: apricots, collagen peptides, honey (optional), vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt, ginger, shredded coconut.
Collagen peptides can be really useful for helping heal gut issues as they are very easily digested and can help with joint problems too. So these protein bars would be great for all members of the family, especially if anyone has nut allergies. They get their sweetness from the apricots and a warmth of flavor from the cinnamon and ginger. Just make sure you line the tray before placing the mixture in as it is quite sticky.
Paleo Energy Bar Recipes – Nut and Seed-Based
Making your own energy bars is such a great idea as they are much healthier and cheaper and, like these ones, can be stored in an airtight container for weeks! These bars are sticky and sumptuous and just sweet enough to satisfy without giving you a sugar rush. Just remember when you are making these that you press the mixture firmly and this way you will have a firmer texture rather than a crumbly one.
Ingredients: dates, cinnamon, Vital Proteins Grass-fed Collagen, pecans, almonds.
The bars in this recipe are a real combination of textures! They are sweet, chewy and yet they have a lovely crunch from the nuts, which can be chopped as small as you like. The collagen is great for your nails and hair, but if you have a problem with collagen you can just miss it out – no need to use anything different. The chewiness makes these bars so filling that they would even be a great breakfast alternative if you are in a rush.
– Cavegirl Cuisine
Ingredients: Deglet dates, egg whites, honey, salt, goji berries, almonds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnut, coconut flakes.
Photo Credit: Michelle from Cavegirl Cuisine
These energy bars hold together really well, partly because of the egg white and partly because they are baked. They are a fantastic source of energy and have the natural sweetness from the honey, leaving you satisfied and with a boost to the system to keep you going. If there are some ingredients you don’t like or can’t find then just substitute them for your favorites.
Paleo Energy Bar Recipes – Chocolate Bars
– Real Food Forager
Ingredients: pecans, Medjool dates, cocoa butter, honey.
If the diet or food plan you are following means that you are missing chocolate, you might find the cocoa butter used here will be enough to satisfy any craving. Medjool dates are so rich in flavor and are a great energy source and they add the sticky sweetness you might need a boost of energy. Because of the stickiness of the date paste, it is better to wrap these bars first before storing, but they can be frozen so you can batch-cook for future use.
– Swiss Paleo
Ingredients: almonds, cashews, coconut, dates, vanilla extract, salt, dark chocolate.
One of the best things about making your own snack bars is that you are in total control of the ingredients, unlike in store-bought ones which usually have added sugar and preservatives. These bars are rich in flavor and make the ideal energy boosting snack for a long bike ride or walk. With this recipe, you could also add dried fruits or grated carrots to create a different taste.
– Simply Taylor
Ingredients: cashews, coconut, sunflower seed butter, Medjool dates, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, Enjoy Life chocolate chips or other dark chocolate.
These bars are so quick to make – only 10 minutes prep time – and they work out so much cheaper than the traditional Lara bars. They can be useful if you miss chocolate as they give just enough to satisfy a craving without giving you a choccy overdose. They are ideal to give you a boost of energy during a workout or if you have to wait a while until lunch.
– The Healthy Foodie
Ingredients: almond butter, coconut butter, date paste, Himalayan salt, water, New Zealand Whey Protein Isolate, cacao powder, almonds, cacao paste, coconut oil, honey, coconut flakes.
Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie
It is often important that your food looks good as this can encourage even the most skeptical to try eating the healthier option, so why not give these bars a try? They look amazing! Don’t be put off by the size as these bars are designed to be a total replacement for a meal if you have no time, but if you would rather use them as a snack you could cut them into smaller pieces. The combination of chocolate and coconut is fantastic!
– Ricki Heller
Ingredients: almonds, dried dates, cocoa powder, vanilla (optional), mint or chili flakes or candied ginger or cocoa nibs or orange rind or cinnamon or spices of your choice.
This is a great basic recipe that will let you experiment by adding in whatever you fancy! If it’s near Christmas, these would be fantastic with ginger and cinnamon, or in summer you could try adding other fruits or mint and chocolate! The end result is a fudge-like, delicious snack that will satisfy any craving for sweetness, yet still being a healthy option.
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