Paleo Coconut Almond Butter Jelly Energy Bars are one of our favorite bars that fuel us for workouts and snacking on the go. Made with few ingredients; no oils and no sugar added. Blended and baked in just 30 minutes, which makes them pretty amazing energy bars! So chewy and flavorful that you’d never know they were healthy. Freezer friendly.
OH my goodness ya’ll, I have so many archived protein and energy bar/bite recipes from I don’t know what to do with them. You see, I’ve been updating old recipes and reposting the new improved versions. That’s what happens when you’ve been blogging for 7+ years. Ugh. SO MUCH CONTENT. Anyway, it gives me a walk down memory lane and chance to appreciate this whole blogging for business process. But also, it makes me miss being the nutritionist “sherpa wife” to my retired professional triathlete husband. It’s all good feelings, just sometimes unreal to think that we aren’t living that dream any more. I mean that in the best possible way. God has his plans. A new dream for us here, now.
That being said, I want to appreciate the crazy journey and continue to share these original Cotter recipe favorites. Well, favorites that got a little makeover. Like these Grain Free “balanced” bars. That’s what I used to call these Almond butter energy bars. Nowadays we would call them, um…. ” Coconut Almond Butter Jelly Energy Bars that are Paleo and made with Whole 30 friendly ingredients.” LOL! You know what I mean. Labels. In all seriousness, they are the perfect paleo energy bar to take on the road, for post workout refuel, or training fuel. Heck they are perfect just to eat anytime, anywhere! I know, I am bias.
Okay, so do you mind if I nerd out on the nutritional function behind these energy bars?
In regards to Sports Nutrition that is. You see, we used to receive a lot of questions about eating Grain free during training or during recovery periods.. Which is why I made these energy bars grain free/paleo. A recipes and an explanation. Well, the reasoning has to do a lot with my husband previous intense training and stress on the body. We found that grain free or resistant starch recipes were the best for nutrient absorption because it didn’t interfere with digestion. Meaning, nutrients were more easily absorbed.
But just because these JAMIN’ energy bars are grain for or paleo, doesn’t mean to skip out on the carbs. In fact, those carbs are crucial too! The “carbs” per se here are the dried plums (prunes) that act as the natural sugar/glycogen. Glycogen is the major source of carbohydrate in the body. Exercise can deplete the glucose in your blood quite quickly. When that happens, your body will pull from the reserved glycogen in muscles. Refueling the Glycogen storages with natural carbohydrates feeds the muscles and helps keep us running. See, you didn’t know prunes to make Jam in these energy bars could be so important! Right? Haha!
These energy bars are made with a healthy dose of good fats (coconut and and almond butter, obviously) that helps sustain energy.
Yes, my Nutritionist nerd talk still kicking in!
Now, let’s get to the point there and probably what you came here for in the first place. The recipe. Coconut Almond Butter Jam Energy Bars. Ready in just 30 minutes, made with a few pantry staples, and no oils or sugar added. Gosh I just love how real food works.
Chewy like a fig newton. Naturally sweet. Freezer friendly. Ya’ll, these are the whole Shebang!
I told you I get carried away with updating and REVAMPING old recipes. They make my heart happy.
Please excuse me while my corniness subsides and we get to the energy bars recipe.
Paleo Coconut Almond Butter Jelly Energy Bars
These Paleo Almond Butter Jelly Energy Bars are one of our favorite bars that fuel us for workouts and snacking on the go. Made with few ingredients; no oils and no refined sugar.
For the Almond Butter Bar Base
- 1 1/2 c almond meal/flour
- 1/2 c coconut flour (sifted or fine)
- 1/2 c unsweetened coconut, shredded
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 egg
- 1/3 c non dairy milk (almond or coconut)
- 1 c dried plums (prunes)
- 1/2 c natural creamy almond butter (no sugar added)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp natural creamy almond butter
- 1/3 cup 1/2 c prunes
- 2-3 tbsp almond or coconut milk milk
- Extra unsweetened coconut, shredded, to top
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Sift coconut flour and almond meal together in a bowl. Add shredded coconut, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix.
- Blend dried plums and creamy almond butter. I used a Food Processor for this. After blending, Set aside.
- Whisk the egg, milk, and vanilla together.
- Add your blended almond butter and prune mix to dry ingredients. Stir gently. Then fold in the egg/milk/vanilla.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Press batter into lined or greased 8x8 pan. Once that's set, make your topping.
- Blend together 2-3 tbsp coconut or almond milk, 1 tbsp almond butter, and 1/2 cup or less of prunes. Best in food processor to blend ingredients until jam or jelly paste is formed.
- Spread this over the batter in your 8x8 pan.
- Bake 350F for 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle shredded coconut on top. Place back in oven for another 15-20 minutes.
- Store in fridge for 30 minutes before slicing
- Keeps best in fridge
You can add coconut topping before you bake and then bake for a total of 30-35 minutes. I didn't want to toast the coconut much longer, so I took it out half way.
To make more whole30 friendly try ue the no bake option and replace the egg with chia or flax egg. Keep in fridge for 1 hr to set before slicing.s
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