I hope you guys don’t mind if my recipes just keep getting simpler and simpler because these paleo energy bars with cashew and coconut require just 5 simple ingredients.

I have a few vegan cookbooks at home that have the longest ingredient lists for their recipes, some of them even running two pages. Needless to say, I usually skip right by those without even reading them.

There’s nothing wrong with going all out every now and again, but for day-to-day recipes I like to keep things as minimal as possible. Maybe I’m just lazy, ahaha! I actually am pretty lazy in the kitchen, I’m always looking for shortcuts!

But if the result tastes as good as these paleo energy bars do, why complicate things?

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Whole Foods For Workout Snacks

I would recommend these bars as pre or post-workout snack as they’re high in protein, clean carbohydrates and healthy fats. They feature hemp seeds, creamy cashews, naturally-sweet dates, delicious coconut and superfood coconut oil to hold it all together.

Healthy Hemp Seeds

I really can’t say enough good things about hemp seeds. Since I eat a plant-based diet, hemp is a lifesaver. A rarity in the plant world, it’s a complete protein, meaning that it contains all 9 essential amino acids. It’s also high in protein, fibre and vitamins.

Both hemp seeds and organic hemp protein are a staple in my kitchen and they make a great addition to these simple, whole food paleo energy bars.

Recently I’ve been heading straight to the gym on my way home from work, so I need a serious after-work, pre-workout snack to get me through until dinnertime. These have been perfect for just that. They’re substantial enough to power you through a tough workout and delicious enough to enjoy every last bite.

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Paleo Energy Bars with Cashew and Coconut

I’m not concerned with eating a paleo diet but I know a lot of people are so I thought I’d share an energy bar recipe that works for everyone! If you need to keep these bars nut-free, you could even substitute the cashews for more coconut and hemp seeds or swap them out for sunflower seeds.

Naturally Sweetened and Just 5 Ingredients!

Sweetened to perfection naturally with dates, these bars contain no added sugar. The coconut oil makes them soft and almost creamy and the hemp seeds, coconut and cashew add an amazing, hearty texture. They hold up well on the go, the healthy fats make them substantial enough for breakfast and the yummy flavour will have you eating them for dessert!

They’re grain-free, vegan, gluten-free and regardless of your dietary preferences, these bars are absolutely delicious! For another simple vegan and paleo coconut dessert, check out these paleo peppermint patties.


5-Ingredient Paleo Power Bars

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free


  • 1 1/4 cup packed dates, pitted
  • 1 cup unsweetened fine coconut
  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • 2/3 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil


  1. Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender or food processor.
  2. Mix until it forms a dough.
  3. Press into parchment or saran-lined 7×7 square baking pan.
  4. Set in the fridge for a few hours.
  5. Cut into 12 bars.

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