Cranberry Bacon Almond Energy Bars [Paleo]

cranberry bacon almond energy bars

My family is addicted to these Cranberry Bacon Almond Energy Bars. They’re a crazy good combination of all that is delicious — cranberries, bacon, dates, bacon, almonds, bacon, coconut, and … BACON.

Better still, they’re very fast and easy to prepare. I can whip them together in less than five minutes, and they provide a tasty, nutritious, easily portable, energy-boosting snack.

I often buy pre-made energy bars at the store for convenience, but the kind with wholesome animal fats (usually from bison) can cost more than $2 a bar. These homemade bars are comparably inexpensive, and you can reduce costs even further by purchasing your ingredients in bulk.

I prefer to get my ingredients from one of my sponsors, VitaCost, as they offer free shipping on most orders and almost always have the lowest online prices.

cranberry bacon almond energy bars

Cranberry Bacon Almond Energy Bars

Makes 8 bars.

The Players

The How-To

1. Put all ingredients into a food processor or heavy-duty blender. (I use my Vitamix.)

2. Blend at low speeds, pulsing, until you get a sticky mass that starts clumping together and/or forming a ball.

3. Remove from food processor and shape into an 7″ x 7″ square on a cutting board or flat plate.

4. Transfer to the refrigerator to cool for at least an hour. Once chilled, cut into 8 bars. To store, wrap bars in wax paper or plastic wrap.

Thanks to the bacon fat, they keep just as well at room temperature as they do in the fridge. We usually gobble them up within a few days, but they theoretically ought to keep for weeks (or even months) since animal fat is such a good preservative and the remaining ingredients were all dried/preserved to begin with.

For recipes and practical instructions for eating grain-free, I highly recommend the PaleoGrubs Cookbook.

It’s the simplest way to get started, and it includes every kind of recipe you’ll ever need (more than 470 of them!).

(Click here to check out the PaleoGrubs Cookbook.)



  1. Jenna says

    Oooo, this sounds yummy! I’m always on the lookout for easy and nutritious energy / snack bars. However, we avoid pork products … any recommendations for a substitute?

      • Tracey Kelly says

        I ended up with a powdery (unsweet) mess…maybe because I just used pitted dates? So I added some raisins, some peanut butter and honey. Of course I overdid it and they are too sweet and too sticky..but I’ll manage to choke them down:)

  2. Holly says

    I just made these. Not sure if I should hide them from my family and eat them myself or share. Heavenly.

  3. jack says

    They sound nice but you might not know that the date crumbles use oat flour (to stop them sticking) and so this recipe isn’t paleo.

  4. Jessica says

    I just made this and I blended it forever and it never formed into a dough consistency. I used pitted dates and cut them up to resemble crumbles and I didn’t cut the bacon because I figured my super old timer food processor would do that. Would those things make the difference?

  5. Jasmin says

    Would it be possible to substitute the date crumbles with some pitted dates and a bit of oat flour (which, as far as I can see, is what the date crumbles contains)? We don’t have date crumbles in Denmark and importing them seems a bit much.

  6. Vesper says

    This recipe is a really good idea. I wish I’d used whole, pitted dates instead of dried date crumbles which were rock hard and pretty flavorless. I ended up using honey to make up for the lost sweetness of the dates. And there was no mention of any moisture in the ingredients list. These ingredients will not stick together without the addition of water and/or bacon drippings. Even after adding honey, water, and bacon fat, the mixture was pretty flavorless so I added a pinch of salt and was thrilled with the results of adding about a quarter tsp of cayenne pepper for some heat. Now I’ve got a tasty blend of salty, sweet, tangy and spicy to last me for the week. Thank you for the idea!

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