Written by Contributor Britney Manuel of BtanJerine, and A Simply Raw Life

At about 3 o’clock PM everyday a little man inside of me says, “it’s time for chocolate!”, and when he talks…I listen! And sometimes much to my dismay, this little man has cheap taste. So in an effort to be proactive I knew I had to at least make a healthier version to tame this wild beast of a chocolate monster within me. So this is what I did!


Vegan: Cranberry Almond Energy Bars with Chocolate Frosting


4 cups raw almonds
2 lbs. dates
1 cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 cups dried cranberries


1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed to liquid
2/3 cup cacao or carob powder


1. Blend the dates in a food processor until it makes a thick paste, and place in a bowl.

2. Pulse the almonds in the processor until they are finely chopped and add to the bowl. (I left some bigger chunks so that the texture varied).

3. Pulse the shredded coconut for a few seconds and then add to bowl.

4. Add chia seeds and dried cranberries.

5. Work mixture together with your hands until it makes a sticky ball.

6. Line a 9×13 cookie sheet with parchment paper. Add mixture to parchment paper. Cover ball with another sheet of parchment paper and use a rolling pin to flatten the ball into about 1 1/2 inches.

7. Place bars in the freezer for 1 hour.

While the bars are freezing make the chocolate frosting.  Add maple syrup to the blender first followed by the coconut oil and cocoa powder. Blend well until smooth.

Take bars out of the freezer and cut them into bars. Pour frosting over the cut bars and return to the freezer. Bars won’t completely freeze (except the cranberries). Transfer to an airtight container and store bars in the freezer. I think that they taste better par frozen, so I just pop them out of the freezer and eat them straight away.

Store in the freezer for one month.

Makes approximately 15 bars



For more sumptuous recipes visit Britney at A Simply Raw Life, or for off beat jewelry check out BtanJerine

, , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Felicia Clark November 5, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    These bars are amazing! So delicious!

    • Britney November 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

      They really are, and the chocolate makes em just like a candy bar!

  2. Joy Beyond Fifty November 5, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    I am trying this one. I’ve been looking for a natural energy bar and can’t seem to find one that doesn’t have ingredients I can not pronounce. Thanks for posting this healthy and yummy sounding recipe!

    • Britney November 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      I agree Joy being able to pronounce the names of ingredients is reassuring, especially when they are things you don’t have to go to the ends of the earth to find! I think you will enjoy it. I just pop one out a day.

  3. Jen Hansard November 5, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    I have all those ingredients on hand! I am so excited to try this.

    • Britney November 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

      Oh great! They are a crowd pleaser.

    • Jean-Marie November 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      I just popped one of Britney’s bars out of my freezer last night. Oh man what a treat!!! Very much a ‘NON’ guilty pleasure. Enjoy!!!

  4. Sandy November 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to make these! Gotta buy chia seeds and coconut oil, but just saw that our Costco sells coconut oil now 🙂 been needing to get chia seeds for green smoothies too.

    • Britney November 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

      Chia seeds are great because of all the health benefits, and then you don’t even taste them in the bars.

      I’ll have to check my local Costco on that coconut oil, that’s good to know. Thanks!

  5. Christine November 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    They look amazing!

    • Britney November 7, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

      Thanks. They were what those other bars I gave you wanted to be when they grew up. Haha!

  6. Regina March 19, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Holy Moly these are SOOO good!!! I can’t say enough good things about these bars. Depending on the power of the food processor you use, I would recommend processing the dates in a few batches. And I rolled them out in a jelly roll pan and got a ton of skinny (but filling) bars. Thanks!!

    • Britney March 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

      Thanks so much! And I agree definitely blend the dates in batches. I just burned out a food processor doing too many… opps!!!

  7. Emily May 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Your recipe looks yummy! Does it call for sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

    thanks! 🙂

  8. yacon syrup health benefits September 11, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    You can certainly see your enthusiasm within the article you write.

    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as
    you who are not afraid to mention how they
    believe. All the time go after your heart.

  9. www.Slideshare.Net April 8, 2015 at 4:35 am #

    Thanks for finally writing about >VEGAN: CRANBERRY ALMOND ENERGY BARS

Leave a Reply