Grain-free Choc-Cranberry ‘cereal bars’

This is a new recipe that I am super-excited about for a number of reasons:

  • It’s easy
  • It’s absolutely delicious
  • No baking is required
  • It’s makes a wonderful afternoon snack with a cup of tea
  • Great treat for the kids’ lunch-boxes
  • And it’s a good “running out the door, don’t have time for breakfast” snack

I love re-working recipes to make them my own, with the flavours I enjoy.  I reckon this one has now become my top favourite. I hope you are going to love it too.

Grain-free Choc-Cranberry ‘cereal bars’

Makes 16 squares

Choc-cranberry bars 2Ingredients:

  • 150 g unsalted butter
  • 50 g coconut oil
  • 1 heaped tablespoon nut butter
  • 5 ml vanilla extract/essence
  • 2.5 ml ground cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 small lemon or lime
  • 150 g raw unsalted mixed nuts (e.g. almonds, macadamia, hazelnuts, pecan)
  • 150 g mixed seeds (e.g. sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, chia)
  • 100 g dark chocolate pieces
  • 50 grams whey protein powder
  • 50 g desiccated coconut
  • 50 grams dried cranberries
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sweeten to taste with Xylitol or stevia (I don’t think it really needs sweetening but you can decide)


  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter and coconut oil together over a low heat. Then add in the nut butter, cinnamon, vanilla essence and zest and give it a stir.
  2. In a pan, gently toast the nuts and allow to cool (be careful not to burn them)
  3. In a blender or food processor, pulse together the nuts, seeds and chocolate until they are chopped into small pieces. (You could do this step by hand if you don’t have a blender or food processor.)
  4. In a bowl, add ALL the ingredients together and mix well with a wooden spoon until combined.
  5. Put mixture place into a square “brownie” tin. Allow to set in the fridge for at least one hour .
  6. Once firm remove from the fridge and cut into bar shapes.
  7. Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge.


Choc-cranberry bars 1I must just mention that these delectable morsels must be treated with the respect they deserve – they are a TREAT. Don’t let the fact that they are grain-free, with no added sugar, fool you into believing that you can munch down on 3 or 5 at a time. They do still contain calories and carbs – so go slow, savour them and make them last. Enjoy!

Here is  a printer-friendly version of the recipe Grain -free Choc-Cranberry cereal bars.


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About Nicky Perks

Passionately sharing information about the paleo/primal, high fat/low carb lifestyle that will rock your world! I am on my own journey to good health and a slim body. My goal? To enjoy the ride as life on this beautiful planet is just too short to do it any other way.

Posted on March 28, 2014, in Meal inspiration, Primal 101 and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Margie Burgoyne

    Thanks Nicky this look great – I cant wait to try it.
    Dark chocolate – is this any type? Bournville or Lindt etc ?

    I’m keen to get a shortbread recipe (which is high in butter and so should be good- but to get the right flour combo is tricky). Likewise biscotti.
    Thanks Margie

    • Regarding chocolate – I suppose it depends on your budget. If trying to keep the costs down then go with Bournville, otherwise try it with 85% Lindt (which will have less sugar).

  2. hi Nicky – this looks awesome. Can you please tell me what ‘nut butter’ is – never heard of it and not sure where to start looking…. is this a health shop product, spar perhaps?!

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