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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.


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14 Responses to Cranberry Bacon Almond Energy Bars [Paleo]
  1. Jenna
    June 5, 2014 | 2:20 pm

    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?

  2. Maureen Brennan Latanishen via Facebook
    June 5, 2014 | 8:01 pm

    James Latanishen

  3. Food Renegade via Facebook
    June 5, 2014 | 8:13 pm

    You know what I did yesterday to transform this from awesome to DIVINE??? I added 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. HELLO!!! Get in my belly!!

  4. Janet
    June 6, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    Ummmmm…the bacon is cooked I presume?

    • Kristen Michaelis
      June 6, 2014 | 7:24 pm

      Yep. It’s up in the ingredient list — 3 slices of bacon, cooked, then cut into 2 inch strips.

      • Tracey Kelly
        June 11, 2014 | 7:53 am

        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:)

  5. Nancy
    June 9, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    Just made them, delish! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. What a combination! Would have never thought of this combo. Sound satisfying.

  7. Sherri Rood via Facebook
    June 15, 2014 | 10:35 am


  8. Holly
    June 19, 2014 | 1:24 pm

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

  9. jack
    July 7, 2014 | 11:50 am

    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.

  10. Jessica
    July 17, 2014 | 7:54 pm

    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?

  11. Jasmin
    October 1, 2014 | 11:59 am

    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.

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