The Best Power Bars Ever ~ A Whole Foods Snack!

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The Best Power Bars Ever ~ A Whole Foods Snack!

Here is our version of a healthy protein bar that we absolutely love. Thank you Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking for the inspiration. I’ll say that again…it is de-LISH-us! Using four super foods (flax or chia seed, coconut oil, raw honey, and raw almonds) and gluten-freethese bars pack a nutritional punch, and really fill you up between meals.  The purpose behind it was to have a good snack on hand. Several of our family members in particular were requesting something to give a boost of energy through the day. A great source of protein, it’s a fun way to get those nutritious nuts, seeds and dried fruit into your diet. Great for pregnant mamas, too! My daughter simply threw all the ingredients into the food processor and pulsed it for a few seconds, and it turned out beautifully. You’ll have to decide whether these are a breakfast food or a snack! Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup flax seeds, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried prunes, dates or raisins (we used dates)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened- we used Let’s Do Organics brand)
  • ½ cup peanut or almond butter (we used sunflower seed butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup honey (preferably raw to add enzymes)
  • 2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 bag of dark chocolate chips in a small saucepan for the topping (we used 2.5-3 oz. Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate)

First, place the top five ingredients into the processor (almonds, flax seed or chia, dried fruit, shredded coconut, and nut butter).

The Best Power Bars Ever ~ A Whole Foods Snack!, power Bars, coconut, flax seeds, dates, food processor, sun butter Pulse for 10-20 seconds. Let sit.

The Best Power Bars Ever ~ A Whole Foods Snack!, food processor with power bar ingredients, pulsed almondsIn a sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat (it melts at 76-77° so it may already be melted). Stir sea salt, raw honey, and vanilla into the liquid coconut oil. Add the coconut oil mixture into the food processor and blend until the ingredients all form a thick ball. Cover a 9 1/2″ x 13″ cookie sheet in parchment paper and spread out this thick paste into a thin rectangular layer. Place it into the refrigerator for an hour to chill or until it solidifies.

The Best Power Bars Ever ~ A Whole Foods Snack!, cookie sheet, 9 1/2 x 13, power bars on parchment paper

In a small saucepan, melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring continuously.

The Best Power Bars Ever ~ A Whole Foods Snack!, cacao, cocoa, dark chocolate melted in sauce pan

Smooth melted chocolate thinly over the base; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens. Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars, and serve cold. Makes about 12-15 bars. Store in refrigerator or freeze to enjoy later!

The Best Power Bars Ever ~ A Whole Foods Snack!, homemade whole food power bars and a glass of raw whole milk I love that these bars are made with raw honey and coconut oil and not white or processed sugar and a hydrogenated oil; you could even lower that 1/4 c. of honey to 1/5 and still findthese very satisfying. We will be doing this next time.

The Best Power Bars Ever ~ A Whole Foods Snack!, Nourishing Traditions, cookbook, book, Sally Fallon

I found this little excerpt on page 548 of my Nourishing Traditions cookbook:

“The latest explosive evidence incriminating table sugar as the chief architect of heart disease comes from the University of Hawaii (1972). C.C. Brooks and his colleagues fed pigs high-sugar diets. Sixty-eight of the eighty pigs developed heart disease in the left half of the heart. This backs up the contention that Dr. Yudkin and others have been making for many years.

A remarkable added finding was that in pigs in which 10 percent of the sugar was replaced by coconut oil or beef tallow the heart remained free from the endocarditis that afflicted the rest of the [other] animals. This may confound those who have been apprehensive about fat in the diet.” ~Edward Howell, MD  Enzyme Nutrition

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69 Responses to The Best Power Bars Ever ~ A Whole Foods Snack!

  1. Leah from says:

    Looks amazing! I will definitely be making these since they are gluten-free! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jacqueline says:

      You are welcome, Leah! We are making them again for the weekend. We keep them frozen, and they are great for a hot day. Best served cold b/c of the coconut oil; otherwise, they get sloppy. Enjoy!

  2. JES says:

    Oh that looks good! You can dip styrofoam in chocolate and you got my attention (sadly!)… I am going to try and make these for I have a 3:00 sweet tooth that accompanies my green tea :)

    • Jacqueline says:

      Haha! JES, you make me S.M.I.L.E!!! Styrofoam? Really…. you know the darker the chocolate, the better for you (less sugar and more antioxidants), right?

  3. LindaG says:

    I’ve bookmarked it to try, with modifications, I think it could be great, too! :o)

  4. Petra says:


    Did I say YUM? Our family actually started making our own snack bars several months ago being tired of the hundred ingredient bars that wear off about two minutes after consumption. We use ingredients like peanut butter, low sugar cereal, raisins, and chocolate chips. We’re definitely homemade snack fans! Thanks for posting so deliciously. :)

  5. I’ve tried a variation of this recipe and they are so great to stick in my husband’s lunch!
    Easy to make and a great ‘power snack’.
    Thanks Jacqueline~

  6. Jessica says:

    I’m so glad you posted the recipe. I have thought about them ever since you brought us a batch right after our move. Can’t wait to make this soon!

  7. Racheal says:

    Mmm…those look quite tasty. I may have to try it (with a few minor changes, since my family is on the GAPS diet.)

  8. These look great!! Definitely going to give them a try:)

  9. Kari says:

    This sounds great! I need to make a few modifications so that my diabetic husband can enjoy them too. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Dear Kari,
      I wish you and your dear husband Boo the peace of Christ. May you find your joy and substance from Jesus as he comforts you today. ‘Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”‘
      Praying for you!

  10. These look so good! I am going to have to make them! Thanks for linking up with us! :-)

  11. Amanda says:

    Just started paleo two weeks ago, and thought these would be perfect for a snack other than fruit. I made them and they are so good, however mine look different and didn’t stay together to well. My food processor is small so I had to do little patches then mix by hand. Any idea what the nutritional facts are?

  12. Busy Mom in AL says:

    Made these last week and they are wonderful! I did not have vanilla so I used coconut extract and my husband loved them. Me, too! Now that I have vanilla again, I will make more today. No more searching for the ever-elusive healthy “granola bar” recipe. This is my staple now. I cut them and put them in the freezer and could eat them straight from there. My freezer saw a lot of action last week! *wink*

    Post more of your favorite recipes Mrs. Jacqueline! Please! :)

  13. Debbie says:

    This looks yummy. I have a friend who eats gluten free. I will share with her too.

  14. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for this recipe!! So good! Even without the chocolate :) Always looking for healthy recipes! Thanks. Bless you <3

  15. Jody Ann Robinson says:

    I am allergic to honey . But I really want to try the recipe ,But I have no idea what to exchange honey with ?? Please Help

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hi, Jody Ann,
      One thought I had was maple syrup…the real thing, but it is so expensive these days. Also molasses works very nicely with many recipes, but is not as sweet (just richer)You also might want to look into coconut sugar…it’s pretty good for you! Hope you find out something that works for you…maybe let me know what you end up using :)

    • Loretta Patt says:


      Try rice syrup. It is not as sweet as honey so you may need to use a little more or use a combo of rice syrup and maple/coconut.

  16. Charlotte Moore says:

    I just made these a few minutes ago. I used prunes, figs, and raisins. Of course that was not but a couple figs and 3-4 prunes, and a few raisins. I was looking how thick yours are. Mine are about half that. I used the 9×13 pan too. I believe I could have gotten by with a third cup of oil. They have a good taste.

  17. Charlotte Moore says:

    I did leave the chocolate off and sprinkled more coconut on top.(-:

  18. Linda Lewis says:

    These sound wonderful, but my husband does not eat coconut. Any substitute you would recommend? Thanks for sharing. :-)

    • Jacqueline says:

      Wow, Linda; I am stumped. Maybe I can put this question out on FB and see if anyone can think of anything… Hmmm! Follow on the Deep Roots Page and let’s see…

      • anita says:

        sesame seeds? i love seeds more than nuts and am always looking for ways to use them:) will have to try this soon- looks really yummy!
        i made a “candy” yesterday that was coconut oil, honey and chocolate powder. i added cinnamon to make it even healthier . adding some fruits and seeds ….humm might need to try that LOL

        • Jacqueline says:

          That sounds maa’velous! I do love sesame seeds. How about adding tahini (unless you soak the seeds and then dry them in a warm oven because of the phytic acid)?

    • Jacqueline says:

      Renee, I just sent you an email. I posted your question on my fb page and got a lot of good answers! Hope that helps :)

  19. JES says:

    Just had to drop in real quick! I ordered two large coconut oils for my uncle to bring with him. The next day, these power bars were on the menu! I had been craving them ever since you posted this! And they did NOT disappoint! They were DELISH!! Thanks for sharing this! In a few days, I will tackles the BONS :) and I am sure they will live up to their name as well…

    • Jacqueline says:

      Oh, JES, I am tickled pink!!!! I’m so glad you love them, too!! It’s great your Uncle could bring the coconut oil with him ~ special delivery :)

  20. Loretta Patt says:

    Any idea what I could use to substitute for the almonds? My son is allergic to all nuts. I saw a previous post about sesame seeds but I don’t think I would want 2 cups of them in a recipe. In many recipes I just leave out the nuts but in this one they seem to be a pretty big part of the recipe.

    • Jacqueline says:

      What about oats? In this case, I would soak them overnight (10 hours min.),then drain them very well and lightly toast them in the oven at 200 degrees until they are almost dry. I won’t guarantee that they will be perfect, but it can’t hurt to experiment, and I think they would work. The soaking is to make them digestible, especially if your son is allergic to much at all, he will need his food to be digestible, and allow his gut to heal. Here is some ‘food’ for thought: Please let me know how they turn out for you :)

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  23. Andrea says:

    Well, I just made my first batch. Can’t wait to try them! We follow a Paleolithic diet but my daughter misses convenience/junk foods terribly. I’m sure these will pass the test! I halved the recipe since this wasn’t part of my weekly menu plan and used sunflower seeds instead of almonds and hemp protein powder instead of flax. They seem pretty crumbly before allowing to set in the fridge, I hope they firm up quite a bit.

    I happened upon your blog this morning and I must say, I love it! I already made my daughter some honey-cinnamon cough syrup, read your article on television viewing and how harmful it can be, and made one of your recipes. My mother passed away right after my wedding 7 years ago. I am always searching for mentors/role models in older women and I can already see that I have much wisdom and knowledge to gather from your site. I really appreciate what you are doing here. So from the bottom of my heart thank you. And I pray the Lord will reward you and bless you for your beautiful, kind heart.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Ahh, Andrea,
      I am so thankful for your kind words. They are a balm to my soul; I wonder sometimes if I am doing the right thing…it does take so much time, and yet, I feel the Lord giving me strength to continue. I would LOVE to know how the hemp protein powder does as far as consistency and taste. If it holds together, it would be a good alternate recipe, and may they satisfy those understandable cravings of your daughter :) God bless you and yours!

      • Andrea says:

        The hemp protein powder did ok; the bars were pretty crumbly but I didn’t follow your recipe to a T and we didn’t have the chocolate layer either. It looks like that would help hold it all together as well. They did GREAT stored in the freezer. They remind me of a Larabar! I try to incorporate the hemp protein powder into my daughters’ diet daily (usually in a green smoothie) because it works wonders keeping her regular and she has a tendency to get stopped constipated.

        Again, blessings to you and thank you so much, for I am benefiting from your blog as is my entire family.


        • Andrea says:

          Haha that was meant to read stopped up/constipated. Oops.

        • Jacqueline says:

          Haha!! I think I knew what you meant 😉 We love them right out of the fridge, and they will get melty if they get too warm…So glad they tasted wonderful…thanks for likening them to a Lara Bar :) Blessings and a hug!

  24. char says:

    Are the calories, fat, protein, etc available anywhere?

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hello, Char,
      I looked over at Passionate Homemaking and don’t see one there either. Please let me know if you find a comparable!

  25. AmyP. says:

    Unfortunately, Ghiardelli uses GMOs. I emailed the company last week after watching Genetic Roulette. I am going to try making my own choc. chips, but am not optimistic they will taste comparable. Otherwise, will try recipe as posted for my four little ones. :)

  26. Sharon K says:

    I want to make these! Do you have any ideas for alternative toppings? I cannot eat chocolate/caffeine. I saw the comment about making them plain, but I love the idea of a topping spread on these.

  27. Christa says:

    Yum! I will be making these this week. Thanks so much for sharing.

  28. Amy says:

    I found this to be a very oily recipe with good flavor. To reduce the feel of oil I added 2/3c quinoa, ~ 1/2c brown rice flour and 2 scoops of unflavored/unsweetened whey-based protein powder and 3 tbsps of cinnamon for depth of flavor. I also added 1/4c each of sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds with 3 tbsps of chia seeds to help draw up some of the oil. I found that with my added ingredients the dough remained sticky for binding during the cooling process but without the greasy feel. I think if I were to make this again and not add the flour, quinoa and whey, I would cut the oil in half and add coconut milk to incorporate fluid that way. Coconut oil is great but with all of the other oils from the nuts and seeds, it just seemed like too much and the greasiness on my hands made it unappetizing. However, the flavor is to die for.

  29. Deanna says:

    Those look amazing! I saw them on Passionate Homemaking before but have yet to try making them. Look like a great, easy snack or breakfast – perfect for those times when this nursing mom is starving!

  30. Good morning! Your post was one of the most visited from last week’s link-up, so is among this week’s featured. I’ll share on FB, Twitter, and pin to Pinterest. Thanks for linking up and help yourself to a featured button. :)

  31. Nicole says:

    This looks so delicious! I’m working to eat more real foods- and snacks are one sorely neglected area in my life. Thank you for posting this…now I just need to find a food processor! :)


  32. Mimi says:

    Made this last night and it is amazing. My 4 year old went crazy for the bars this morning. I typed in the ingredients in an online recipe calculator to get the nutritional information, and here are the results (I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it should help!
    (I used regular honey, chia seeds, natural peanut butter and milk chocolate chips, as well as the rest of what the recipe calls for)

    Nutrition Facts – 15 Servings
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 290.8
    Total Fat 21.6 g
    Saturated Fat 8.5 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 2.6 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 3.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 79.2 mg
    Potassium 144.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.3 g
    Sugars 12.3 g
    Protein 6.1 g
    Vitamin A 0.9 %
    Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
    Vitamin B-6 1.3 %
    Vitamin C 0.1 %
    Vitamin D 0.0 %
    Vitamin E 18.2 %
    Calcium 6.9 %
    Copper 6.2 %
    Folate 6.1 %
    Iron 7.5 %
    Magnesium 17.8 %
    Manganese 13.1 %
    Niacin 7.8 %
    Pantothenic Acid 0.6 %
    Phosphorus 8.1 %
    Riboflavin 5.3 %
    Selenium 0.7 %
    Thiamin 4.9 %
    Zinc 2.4 %

    • Jacqueline says:

      Wow!!!!! Thank you so much, Mimi! So are the chocolate chips and the PB on top of what the recipe calls for? It does taste pretty amazing, I agree!
      What I love are all the minerals and vitamins :) Vitamin E = 18%, Magnesium = 17.8%, Manganese 13%; I am not afraid of the “good’ fats! They have not hurt my waistline on bit 😉 Hugs and blessings to you and your little one :)

      • mimi says:

        oh I just meant I used peanut butter as opposed to another kind of nut butter, and milk chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate :)

  33. Becca says:

    Yum, these made my mouth water! Gonna pin them! 😀

  34. Ronda says:

    Thanks for another wonderful recipe! These are delicious and so easy to make. My husband looks forward to having one of these bars every afternoon. Our whole family enjoys them – the kids think they are a wonderful treat!

  35. Priscilla says:

    looks yummy! The more I read labels, they more I find…we should no longer eat. I learned this year, that Ghirardelli may contain GMO…their sugar maybe from beets, which are now GMO. Also soy lecithin tends to be GMO :( I’m still searching for a reasonable priced chocolate chip that doesn’t contain GMO ingredients.

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  38. Linda says:

    Do u have nutrition facts? My husband is diabetic and needs the carb info.

    • Jacqueline says:

      I am so sorry, but I don’t. Again, I’m so sorry. But I am praying for you as you figure out ways to bless and help him. Grace and peace to you, dear wife!

  39. Victoria says:

    These bars are amazing. So good that they taste like a candy bar. I mixed up my nuts and did almonds, pecans and cashews and did prunes and dates for the fruit..I also added a scoop of vanilla protein powder. the mixture tasted so good out of the food processor bowl….and even better when set and firm! I skipped the chocolate because they tasted so good without it.brought some bars to friends to try and have been handing out the recipe! everyone agrees…best tasting healthy thing they have ever tasted! Thanks for posting.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Ohh! Thank you! I am so glad…and now I need to make them again :) Lol You have me so hungry just talking about them 😀
      Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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  41. JES says:

    Thanks for the visit today! I hope you have a safe trip during your visit. I did include a link to these power bars in my “20 foods that reduce cancer post” since the nuts and seeds contains essential fatty acids that help lower breast cancer rates. We just made 2 batches yesterday of these bars. One for now and one for the freezer. We can’t get enough of them. Thanks for sharing once again :)

  42. Cheryl Smith says:

    Oh, my! I just came across this recipe tonight…I must have seen it before via email, but for some reason, it caught my eye tonight! Anyhow, my son and I went out and got the ingredients, and we made these tonight. They are WONDERFUL!!!! Since I try to abstain from white refined sugar, we used the 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate, and as I melted it, I put in two packets of Stevia, just to give it a slight sweetness. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this…I wouldn’t have been able to make it before anyhow, because I did not own a food processor. Thank the Lord, I got one for Christmas, and this was my first time using it. I loved it! I hope all is well with you and your family. You are such a dear blessing to me! Much love to you. :)

    • Jacqueline says:

      Yay! I’m glad you found the recipe….it is one of my personal favorites and I never feel guilty eating these bars 😉 Enjoy that processor!

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