February 3, 2011

How to make your own Paleo Protein Bars.. (UPDATED 01/27/13)

‘Caveman Bullion’

Paleo Protein Bar Recipe (Homemade)

Simple words cannot describe to you how bored I became with being unable to eat store bought protein bars! I longed for a post workout snack that tasted as good as a Tri-o-plex cookie without the post-munching guilt!

So I set out to find a recipe online which would satiate my appetite for a paleo-friendly bar! Unfortunately my search results could be generally thrown into one of two categories;

1) Bars that are Paleo but taste like somebody already ate them…

or 2) Bars that taste great but would not meet the approval of ‘Grok’ – the inner caveman inside everyone.

So, I set out to make my own concoction. After a couple of valiant – but less than successful attempts, I’d like to think that I’ve finally cracked it! I’ll post pictures and nutritional information alongside my next batch! In the mean time, enjoy;


1 Cup Mixed Nuts + Seeds (I used linseed, sesame, pumpkin seed, slivered almonds + sunflower seed)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup crunchy almond butter (although hazelnut, walnut and even pumpkin butters will work well too!)
1/4 cup coconut oil (check your local health food store)

1/4 cup almond meal ( or alternatively simply pulse approximately 1/4 cup of almonds until it creates a coarse flour)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp of raw organic manuka honey (although, this is really kind of optional because the egg will help hold the mixture together)
3/4 cup whey protein powder (or 90g) (I used PROGENEX)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dried goji berries
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut to sprinkle on top

This is not actually me.



  1. On a cookie sheet, toast nuts+seeds and shredded coconut until golden brown. In order for them to cook evenly, you need to shake up the tray at least once during cooking…trust us!
  2. Once toasted, pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts+seeds are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground (sort of the consistency of bread crumbs).
  3. In a mixing bowl, melt coconut oil and almond butter (about 30 seconds). Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.
  4. Add vanilla extract, honey and sea salt. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Fold in nut mixture, almond meal and protein powder until mixed thoroughly.
  6. Add whole egg and mix thoroughly.
  7. Fold in goji berries.
  8. Press mixture into an 8 by 8 loaf pan (a modification that we made to keep everything crisper and help the bars to hold together).
  9. Cook in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, sprinkle a ¼ cup of shredded coconut on top and place under broiler until top begins to brown.
  11. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces/bars.
  12. Enjoy or stack on wax paper/parchment and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrition for 1/12 of the batch. Nutritional breakdown courtesy of

Calories: 184

Fat: 14.0 grams

Carbohydrates: 6.0 grams

Protein: 12.6 grams


Modified from a ‘Primal Bar’ recipe found at Marks Daily Apple
UPDATE (01/27/13)
I recently receive the email below. Cassandra’s Pictures came out much better than mine!!! Thanks Cassandra!
Hey Olly,


I just made a batch of the paleo protein bars on your site, and they are sooo delicious! I did however, have a problem with them falling apart as well – they are a little crumbly. When I pressed the mix into the baking dish I made the bars a little thicker by making them 8 x 7 instead of filling up the whole 8 x 8 pan. I then wrapped them up individually in plastic wrap for a handy, pre-workout snack! Oh and I also added 3 chopped medjool dates! I was not able to post the pictures, but here they are – hope they help!


Best wishes,


Paleo Protein Bars

Paleo Protein Bar Recipe

Paleo Protein Bar

Homemade Paleo Protein Bars


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  3. M Ward says:

    Tried out the recipe and blogged it. I gave full credit:

  4. Olly says:

    Awesome Recipe! If you make these bars, post a photo / your comments of the results and I’ll be sure to put it on the site! =)

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  6. D. KFM says:

    It seems like there are different camps of Paleo folks. The hardcore Paleo that I’ve been following for my Paleo Challenge over the past 2 months doesn’t allow any sweeteners of any kind or dairy products. So, honey and whey protein powder would both be no no’s. In this interview, Loren Cordain labels honey a “non-Paleo ingredient”

  7. Olly says:

    Thanks for your comment. You raise a couple of interesting points:

    Honey is DEFINITELY Paleo. Humans have been stealing bee nectar since the dawn of time! Does this mean that you should include honey with every meal? Hell no. Paleolithic dieting is meant to be seen as a lifestyle, not just a weight loss tool. Therefore, it needs balance just like anything else. That’s why I believe Paleo-Zone to be the best prescription for the masses.

    As for protein powder – fair enough it’s probably NOT strictly Paleo. However, it’s a complete amino-acid protein source and so I believe it’s OK for supplementation of a healthy diet. This is a recipe for a protein bar that is a hell of a lot healthier that one which you could buy in your local GNC. It’s not intended to be a staple component of a diet.

  8. D. KFM says:

    Thanks for your response. Totally agree that this is a great, health alternative to anything you can buy in a store. I personally love honey and have missed it during the Challenge. And, I used to use the whey protein isolate to increase my protein intake pre and post-workout. It’s an incredibly high return on protein for the mass. My Paleo Challenge ends this Friday, but I intend to retain and embrace the Paleo lifestyle. So, for me that means making it a bit more sustainable, which would include adding back a few things that the more strict Challenge didn’t allow (like honey in moderation). Thanks!

  9. TDFBTP says:

    I made these up as well (tweeted about them earlier), although I didn’t have any Almond butter, honey and I decided not to use any Whey either. Did go for two eggs though as they werent praticulary large.
    They came out really nice, the first one i tried was a little dry, but so far the rest have been nice.
    Making them again for sure, going to try adding in some more dried fruits or maybe some small pieces of banana.

  10. Olly says:

    D.KFM: Congratulations on your success with Paleo! Have you noticed marked improvements in energy levels / athletic performance yet?

    TFFBTP: Mmm, adding mashed banana sounds like a great idea! probably a good binding agent too!

  11. Awesome! Can’t wait to make these, so hard to find a paleo protein bar receipe! Very excited about it!! Thank you! Thank you!!

  12. Olly says:

    Glad you like it! =)

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  14. KC says:

    Made my first batch! They taste great, but are falling apart. Any suggestions?

  15. Roger Fenner says:

    Wife made a couple of batches now. We had to do some experimentation. We’ve added an extra egg (and left out the honey) to help it stick together better. I ended up eating the first batch as breakfast “cereal.” :) Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Laini says:

      @ the cereal,
      I did the same thing! My first batch was very crumbly, so I put some crumbs in a bowl and added almond milk. It was so good!

  16. Olly says:

    You are MORE than welcome Roger! Thanks for chiming in! Best of luck on your Paleo journey!

  17. Jamaie says:

    These are AMAZING!! Thank you thank you THANK YOU for making a recipe for a primal protein bar that is not only nutritious but very delicious. The only thing I changed was I substituted dates for the goji berries and it turned out great!

    As a side note, since I started on my Paleo journey, my life has changed dramatically. I bounce out of bed in the morning even before my alarm goes off, I’ve almost completely left behind a crippling addiction to coffee (I wasn’t even trying to!), I have the most incredibly clean energy (I swear sometimes I can see into the future!), I don’t have the slightest craving for sweets or processed foods, I have almost zero mood swings (I am a girl, after all, gotta give me a few), and my skin has never looked better. People point and laugh at me all the time because of the things they see me eat (or rather don’t eat) and tell me how “disgusting” my diet is, argue with me about why I’m crazy to not eat grains, dairy, etc. but I don’t care…they cannot argue with these results!! I’m a 39 yr old mother of two and I didn’t even feel this great when I was half my age.

    Thanks again.

    • Olly says:

      Great to hear Jamaie! If there’s anything else you’d like to see on this blog then please do let us know! We aim to please!

    • Nate Diggity says:

      Good idea re: Dates (though due to the sugar content if you were on a weight-loss kick perhaps the honey should be excluded?) Did you soak the dates for a few hours? That will help with the ingredients to bind together.

      I have had similar experiences to you with a few naysayers mocking my nutritional beliefs but as a Fitness Professional I’m lucky that I tend to be listened to more than some. The fact that you’re using experience and not letting the naysayers break you as they laugh off your personal anecdotes is inspiring. Keep at it.

      Funny how those who mock clean living are the ones who need it the most.

  18. Colette says:

    Great recipe! I just made these and they turned out delicious! It was a little dry before putting it into the pan so I added 2T heavy cream and then smashed it down really well. It held together after baking just fine. Next time I will try 2 eggs instead and will substitute flax seed meal for the almond meal. There’s a lot of room for experimentation and creativity with the variety of ingredients. Thanks for this.

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  20. Cindy Pitts says:

    Found a coconut syrup from Trade Secrets that is pure coconut sap. So delish that I will substitute honey in this recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

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    I just made a batch of these bars, as you can see, and they are sooo delicious! I did however, have a problem with them falling apart as well – they are a little crumbly. When I pressed the mix into the baking dish I made the bars a little thicker by making them 8 x 7 instead of filling up the whole 8 x 8 pan. I then wrapped them up individually in plastic wrap for a handy, pre-workout snack!

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  23. Amy Ferdiando says:

    I went to the Progenex website, what protein powder are you using! Is it the More Muscle? How is it? And have you tried the Recovery formula?

    • Olly says:

      Both More Muscle and Recovery taste great! If you click the link on the right of our blog page you’ll get 10% off your order at Progenex.

  24. Scott lusk says:

    Isn’t the protein powder Progenex Whey protein, and derived from milk? I’m sincerely asking here for my own educational purposes , and wondering what the paleo community feels about this. I’m not being critical of you, just trying to figure out if I can use Progenex and still be considered paleo??? Thanks


    • Anitra says:

      Scott, primal protein bars would probably be a better description. What is your motivation to staying 100% Paleo? Depending on your nutrition/performance goals you may consider looking into the “primal” guidelines of eating. I believe just because something is paleo doesn’t mean that is necessarily going to be good for you as an individual and just because somethings not paleo doesn’t always mean it is bad for you.

  25. Lindsey says:

    Hi, I was just wondering whether or not these bars need to be refrigerated since they contain egg (in fact I am planning on taking one commenter’s advice and using an extra egg so I can leave out the honey). I don’t usually eat protein/energy bars, but I have an all day tracking class on Sunday, and I’ve been looking for a paleo protein bar recipe that I can use for a snack. I like the look of these bars, since they have more protein and less sugar than most of the ones I’ve found, but I’m worried about taking protein bars made with eggs out into the hot, humid North Carolina woods for an all-day activity.

    • Olly says:

      I’m sure if you wrap them they’ll be good for a day at least.

      • Lindsey says:

        I carried put them in a baggie with some ice (I was also bringing a Scotch egg so I needed ice anyway), and they were fine! And pretty tasty. I’ll have to send in a picture. They are an interesting green color because I used hemp powder instead of protein powder. As long as they were handled carefully, they held together fine (left out the honey and used two eggs instead).

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