Sometimes you just need a quick mid-morning or mid-afternoon energy boost. Something to get you through the gap between meals. And being a paleo eater, you want that something to be, well, paleo. So chocolate bars and sandwiches and chips are out.
A piece of meat might be in but if you’re out and about, that’s pretty difficult. But energy bars are delicious and portable, plus you can tailor them to suit your tastes. Want something sweet? No problem. Need protein? Fine, add it. Tempted by apple pie on a daily basis? Don’t sweat it – make an alternative. These bars are all round lifesavers and can save you from a rumbling belly or low blood sugar in just a couple of bites. So read on for some awesome recipe ideas!
Paleo Energy Bar Recipes
If you’re looking for simple, you’ve found it. These breakfast bars have just five ingredients: cashew nuts, desiccated coconut, banana, vanilla, and salt. That’s it. Protein-packed and free from sugar. Plus, they look like cake.
Reminiscent of blueberry muffins (the best kind, if you ask us), these bars could almost double as a dessert if you didn’t know better. Well, you could try skipping the protein powder and eating them as dessert anyway. Why not?
These bars are kind of ‘pick and mix’, and you’ll probably even have suitable ingredients in your pantry. It’s simply a case of choosing your dried fruits and nuts, and adding dates. The fruits and dates will do all the binding for you. Delish!
These guys look just like summer. Luckily for us, you can eat them whenever you like. The creaminess comes from coconut milk, and you’ll get some gorgeous fruits in here too. You could even switch out the raspberries and blackberries for other berries like strawberries or cranberries.
There are plenty of veggies in this recipe! It’s always good to see some greens in a snack. You probably won’t taste much of them because of all the sweet flavors in there – sultanas and honey. It’s a pretty simple recipe too, with only a few steps.
These are a sweet reminder of those strawberry-filled chocolate candies that come in chocolate boxes. Yum. The recipe called for whey protein powder, but like the author mentions, you can switch it out for whichever protein powder works best for you.
Stacked full of fruit and nuts, these bars probably couldn’t be much healthier. Coconut lovers will, well, love them. There’s no cooking involved either so they’re quick and simple to make – just make them up and pop them in the fridge to set!
These bars are like a nutty, caramel version of rocky road. Which is fine by us. They’re crazy easy to make and are full of nutty goodness. Be sure to reduce down the coconut milk and sugars in order to cut out the sugar!
Cute name, right? Don’t worry; there are no actual grasshoppers in the recipe. These chocolate mint bars will get you your sweet fix and veggie fix all in one go, as a large part of their make-up is from avocado. Bonus: no cooking required.
There’s only one thing better than chocolate, and that’s crunchy chocolate. The chocolate here comes from the cacao powder, and the crunch is from chia seeds (which are pretty darn good for you, in case you didn’t know). Yum.
As the title suggests, this recipe is super flexible. You can make granola bars, breakfast cereal, or protein bites. And if you’re not into nuts, or allergic, these could be the bars for you. All the protein comes from seeds, with not a nut in sight!
With whole almonds, cashews, and macadamias on top, these bars are unashamedly nutty. Which is awesome when it comes to protein content. There’s a sweet doughy crust for the nuts to sit on too, so you’re not sure whether you’re eating a bar or cake. Not that you’ll care either way; these are goooood!
Strawberry flavor anything equals heaven, in our book. And these bars are not only strawberry flavored, they’re packed with protein, in the form of pecan nuts and nut butter. Great for breakfast, or a snack at any time of the day.
Hands up who loves cherries? Us too. These sweet treats are yummy AND healthy. And if you didn’t raise your hand, there are plenty of other flavors to choose from, such as: Dark Chocolate Brownie, Apple Pie, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Gingerbread, and more.
Only for the sweet-toothed, these banana-based bars don’t even need baking. There are oats in the original recipe but these can easily be switched for pumpkin seeds or more nuts – so even more yummy goodness!
There are no dried fruits in this one, which makes a change, but there is a fair bit of honey. Lots of protein though, in the form of nuts and seeds, all of which could easily be switched out for different ones, depending on what’s in your cupboard.
Apparently, these protein balls are ‘healthy nuff for breakfast’, which is awesome, especially as the only thing better than chocolate for breakfast is healthy chocolate for breakfast. The recipe is super easy, with quantities being pretty much negotiable. So basically, you can’t go wrong! Don't forget to check out our list of snack ball recipes for even more energy as well.
If your favorite dessert is carrot cake, you’re in for a treat. These squares have all of the carrot and all of the yummy-ness, with none of the sugars, and much more goodness. And there are nuts so you get a protein hit too. Can you resist? And why would you? asdf
We’ll say it again. Apple pie. For breakfast. Or as a snack. Totally paleo and totally guilt-free. In case we’re not being clear, we really like apple pie, so any promise of a paleo version, in any form, is pretty darn appealing to us. And here’s a great one, cinnamon and all.