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Elana's Almond Power Bars & Giveaway

I am always on the lookout for wholesome, power-packed bites to have at the ready for when I'm running out the door and realize I've forgotten to eat! It happens a lot. 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 for the directions [click here].

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)

For directions [click here].

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.

The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook Giveaway
**This giveaway is now closed**

If you are looking for more recipes like this one, you'll want pick up a copy of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. This was the first gluten-free cookbook I added to my cookbook collection and cherish it to this day. In it, Elana uses basic ingredients to whip up some pretty amazing eats and treats. I love and use this book so much that I am giving away a copy of it this week!

**This giveaway is now closed**

To Enter: Just leave a comment and share with us what your favorite healthy grab-and-go food is. That's it!

Deadline: To qualify, leave your comment by 5:00 p.m. (CST) Monday, January 10th.

Other Power Snacks on My List to Try

ACD-Friendly, High-Protein, No-Bake Snackin’ 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

Reader Comments (40)

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?

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeri

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 ;)

Lexie says: Sounds great to me!!!

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn

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?

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNoelle

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.

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Matthews

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

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

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!

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralisa joy

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!

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

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

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteryvonne

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

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

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! :)
Grace & Peace,
Andrea M

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea M

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!!!

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterarlyn

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

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

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.

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

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


January 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

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!

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlena Mack

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.

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicola @ gfreemom

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

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

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!

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

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.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Thomas

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 :)

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjaime

Mine is usually almonds or granola.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

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.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

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.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyn

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.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah P

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

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

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!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson

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!

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTraci

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

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!

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

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

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary C.

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!


January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

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

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia S

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 : )


January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJayne

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

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

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. : )


January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy G

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. =)

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarenLana

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

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnieJoy

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?

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

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. : )


January 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

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!!

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngelica

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