Elana’s Almond Power Bars


I am always on the lookout for wholesome, power-packed bites to have at the ready for when I’m running out the door. These power bars from Elana’s Pantry were perfect!

I am always on the lookout for wholesome, power-packed bites to have at the ready for when I'm running out the door. These power bars from Elana's Pantry were perfect!

I am always on the lookout for wholesome, power-packed bites to have at the ready for when I’m running out the door.ย This week I stumbled upon Elana’s Pantry Gluten-Free Almond Power Bars. Perfect, I thought, and wasted no time in making a batch. I was in love at first bite and have found a keeper. What attracts me to Elana’s recipes are their simplicity and this one is no exception. Here are the ingredients you will need for these power bars. Visit Elana’s Pantry for directions.

Gluten-Free Almond Power Bars

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free |Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Easily Vegan | Easily Raw

Makes: 16-20 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2-3 hours


2 cups raw ALMONDS

1/2 cup FLAX MEAL

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded COCONUT

1/2 cup unsalted creamy roasted ALMOND BUTTER

1/2 teaspoon cup COCONUT OIL

1/2 teaspoon celtic SEA SALT

4 drops liquid STEVIA

1 tablespoon AGAVE NECTAR

1 tablespoon VANILLA EXTRACT

1 cup dark CHOCOLATE CHIPS 73% cacao (optional)


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The only substitution I made was 1/4 cup CHIA SEED for the 1/2 cup FLAX MEAL (I was out). The chia seed gave the bars a fun crunch and something to pick out of my teeth!

These bars are best kept refrigerated or frozen.

Other Power Snacks on My List to Try

ACD-Friendly, High-Protein, No-Bake Snackinโ€™ Orbs over at Diet, Dessert and Dogs
Gluten-Free Homemade Granola Bars over at The Baking Beauties
Homemade Protein Bars over at Healthy Green Kitchen

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Jeri January 4, 2011 - 11:26 pm

I enjoy pecan pie Lara bars. That seems to be my 'go to' when I'm out running around and realize I forgot to eat. I try to keep one in my purse at all times.

I was able to get a hold of Elana's cookbook through our inter-library loan and sadly had to give it back today:( I like it so much I decided I must have it. I have not tried these bars but am planning on making her chocolate chip scones tonight. Question: Is flax meal just ground up flax seed?

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 5, 2011 - 2:14 am

My favorite would definitely be quinoa, raisins, and my homemade hummus all mixed up! It sounds icky, but don't knock it till you try it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lexie says: Sounds great to me!!!

Noelle January 5, 2011 - 2:38 am

Wraps are my quick grab and go! SO filling I fill them wild mushroom pate', or eggplant dip, or hummus. SO delicious!

Lexie says: What kind of wraps do you use?

Julie Matthews January 5, 2011 - 4:06 am

I can't wait to try these! I like what I call "Coconut Date Balls." Coconut butter and oil, shredded coconut, dates, rolled in coconut or unsweetened cocoa. Add nuts if you want more protein.

Trista January 5, 2011 - 4:52 am

I love Nature's Path Lotta Apricotta granola bars. They're great for a little snack between meals.

alisa joy January 5, 2011 - 6:03 am

a quick quinoa tabbouleh made with extra tomatoes and chickpeas. so good! i make a huge bowl of it at the beginning of the week and divvy it out into separate containers as i go.

high in protein and fiber!

Deanna January 5, 2011 - 12:11 pm

My favorite healthy grab and go food is a handful of dried fruit and nuts – or if I'm feeling particularly lazy, a Lara Bar.

And I'd love a copy of Elena's cookbook!

yvonne January 5, 2011 - 12:30 pm

My go to on the grab and go is definatly hummus and some red bell peppers so yummy .

Lisa January 5, 2011 - 1:40 pm

My grab -n-go is apples with peanut butter.

Andrea M January 5, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Hello! my favorite grab and go snack is carrot sticks or cut up bell peppers. Although I think I will try this recipe minus the coconut Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚
Grace & Peace,
Andrea M

arlyn January 5, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Oh ,those bars look delish! I love Elana's Recipes =) My favorite grab and go snack would have to be veggies dipped in guacamole. Yumm!!!

Lori January 5, 2011 - 3:53 pm

My favorite go to snack is fruit like grapes, bananas or apples.

Laurel January 5, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Hi. Happy New Year. The bars look wonderful, of course. You and Elana both are always so full of good ideas sometimes it just leaves my brain exhausted! My favorite grab and go food, you'll laugh are just dates and/or nuts – now that's simple. I must admit though that sometimes I'll grab frozen cookies or mini muffins that I keep in the freezer for emergencies. I package them in sets of 3 and then just grab whatever's in there,throw it in my purse and I'm gone. If I need a snack later it'll have defrosted. If I don't need it I put it back in the fridge for later.

Lexie January 5, 2011 - 4:32 pm

So many GREAT IDEAS. I'm stealing them all. Keep them coming ; )


Alena Mack January 5, 2011 - 4:59 pm

Homemade Roasted Pumpkin Seeds or Fruit with Honey Almond Butter… Always depends on the day, but those seem to be easy and treat my tummy well!

nicola @ gfreemom January 5, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Lexie. This really does look like a keeper recipe! Thank you for sharing. I bought Elena's book last week and was just reading through the intro this morning. I agree, her simple and logical approach is fantastic. (Please don't enter me in the draw). Nicola.

stephanie January 5, 2011 - 9:45 pm

my favorite grab and go would be: dark chocolate almonds and dried fruit!

Kathleen January 6, 2011 - 5:02 am

Thanks for sharing your great recipes (and great recipe finds!), as well as your family's journey.
My favorite fast snack is a slice of toast, spread with almond butter, topped with raw organic chia seeds, raw finely shredded coconut, and topped with a few of EnjoyLife brand mini chips. Just smoosh the toppings into the almond butter so they don't fall off when you're running out the door.
And thanks for the opportunity to win this cookbook!

Nicole Thomas January 6, 2011 - 11:22 am

Lydia's Organics Kale Chips, without question. The Mega Green and the Herbs de Provence are so addictive, yet light and healthy. I never take a road trip without them.

jaime January 6, 2011 - 4:03 pm

My all time satisfaction is simply a nice crunchy apple; its crewy, juicy and has just enough natural sugar to get me through a craving ๐Ÿ™‚

Kimberly January 6, 2011 - 7:29 pm

Mine is usually almonds or granola.

Karin January 6, 2011 - 8:31 pm

I have made a few of Elana's recipes with great results. I like that there are only a few ingredients too. I am on the list to get her book from the library too.

Jocelyn January 6, 2011 - 9:09 pm

My fave used to be home made WW bread with almond butter and local honey…but after making and trying the almond power bars, they are my new favorite! They are pretty yummy.

Sarah P January 7, 2011 - 3:12 am

Green apples are a quick favorite, or if I have a touch more time, I've been enjoying carrot sticks wrapped in peppered turkey slices. I used to do nuts and dried fruit, but have cut bakc on nuts that aren't soaked.

Cheryl January 7, 2011 - 3:36 pm

trail mix perfect mix of sweet, salty, and a great source of energy…

Allyson January 7, 2011 - 7:57 pm

My favorite snack has become Raw Revolution Food Bars. They are gluten and dairy free and have sprouted flax seed…I LOVE flax seeds! They are a great pick me up or snack when you're on the go!

Traci January 8, 2011 - 1:22 pm

I'm new to this, so I'm learning! Thank you for all the great recipes and ideas for healthy quick snacks from earlier posters. Can't wait to try them!

Heidi @adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com January 8, 2011 - 6:18 pm

Okay, it's official. I must STOP reading food blogs while I'm on the elimination diet, this is pure torture, LOL!

Allison January 8, 2011 - 7:03 pm

For an easy on-the-go treat, I like Larabars, dry Chex cereal, or pistachios! yummy. I am dying to get a look at that almond flour cookbook but my library doesn't carry it!

Mary C. January 8, 2011 - 8:11 pm

I love dried apples, that's my go to on the go snack.

Maggie January 9, 2011 - 1:51 am

These sounds yummy Lex! Don't enter me in the giveaway, I want to ask you a question – if a recipe calls for flax and you want to use chia, do you always halve it like you did here? Thanks creative genius. xo


Let's put it this way, I use about 1/2 to 3/4 the amount of chia. Does that help?

hugs to you Maggie Mae!


Patricia S January 9, 2011 - 3:00 am

Favorites in our house are apple slices with peanut butter or rice cake, peanut butter, banana slices and a squirt of honey.

Jayne January 9, 2011 - 4:19 am

Wow these look amazing, I am planning on making them tomorrow! I would love to be able to try other recipes from this book.

My favorite grab-and-go snacks are the most simple healthy flourless cookies that I make each week. Just blend together 1 Cup Walnuts, 5 Dates, 1 tsp Olive Oil, 1 tsp Vanilla, 1 tsp Cinnamon until they start to bind, put on a baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350. These are so quick and simple, but are a very tasty snack that you can feel good about!


Oh Jayne! So easy, I will have to try these out!!! Thanks for sharing : )


Larry January 9, 2011 - 5:30 am

the almond bars sound wonderful! i'd love to win the cookbook too! favorite grabngo food is whatever's leftover. that and chai granola…

Betsy G January 9, 2011 - 5:02 pm

I cannot wait to try these bars for my son with a substitute for the almonds and using sun butter. Has it been done yet?

Our favorite grab and go snack has been a life saver, literally!! The Amazing Grass brand Super Food Energy Bars has helped us so much. We take them everywhere! My yogi and healthy eating husband was able to take a case of them in his duffel bag on a church youth group trip last summer from CT to New Orleans.

Thanks for all you do Lexie, you are sustenance in our home like water!
Betsy G


Betsy … you moved my heart beyond words! Thank you for reading and commenting. One reader used sorghum in place of the almond flour and she said they turned out great. And Sunbutter should work just fine, though have not tried it yet. : )


KarenLana January 10, 2011 - 2:24 am

I'm new to your site and am enjoying exploring it very much. My grab and go's could use a little work. Usually it's fresh or dried fruit and nuts but I'm going to have to try the Almond Power Bars, they look really delicious! Thank you for the nice giveaway. =)

AnnieJoy January 12, 2011 - 5:43 pm

We love 18 Rabbits bars! Anyone have a good recipe for them?

Natalie January 17, 2012 - 5:22 am

Just noticed that your recipe states1/2 teaspoon of Coconut oil and the original (the one you link to) states 1/2 cup. Which one is correct?

Lexie January 17, 2012 - 2:19 pm

Natalie … great catch!! Thank you! Now it makes me wonder if people have made these with 1/2 teaspoon vs. 1/2 cup. I have updated my measure above to 1/2 cup coconut oil. That said, I wonder if we could get by with less? Coconut oil is fantastic at helping to harden a bar like this — especially when it is chilled. So if you want a few less calories and a softer bar, you could possibly go with less?? Haven't tried it. : )


Angelica January 30, 2013 - 7:21 pm

These are so good!! Thanks for the recipe!! I didn't have any dark chocolate to melt so I just threw in some raw cacao, cacao powder and you little more agave. Love these!!

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