Paleo Candy Bars

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Rating: 4.79
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3 tablespoon(s) coconut oil
1/4 cup(s) carob powder, or cocoa powder (optional)
1/2 cup(s) nuts of choice, ground (almonds, hazelnuts)
3/4 cup(s) coconut, unsweetened shredded
1 tablespoon(s) honey, raw, (optional, add more to taste)
parchment paper


  1. Melt the honey and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Take off heat as soon as coconut oil is totally melted.
  2. Once combined and off heat, add the carob (or cocoa), ground nuts, and coconut and mix together.
  3. Pour mixture onto a small baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Form into a square (or shape of your choice) when cool enough to touch.
  4. Freeze or refrigerate until hardened. Cut into 4 servings.

This recipe inspired in part or in whole from here.


  1. Rob Emmerson

    I made this tonight for Super Bowl desert. It is delicious! Taste a lot like the coconut haystacks at Whole Foods.

  2. Kim

    Great chocolate fix!! I roll them into balls, works well with texture.

  3. august14

    I think they taste great! Quick and easy too..

  4. Kate

    Can I substitute olive oil? I don’t have any coconut oil on hand.

    • Jason G.

      I’m sure that would be fine, but I haven’t tried it myself. It shouldn’t cause a problem though.

  5. Delaine

    I doubt you can use olive oil. Coconut oil solidifies when it cools so it probably wouldnt stay together with olive oil.


    I brought these to paleo potluck and everyone loved them. All the kids were so excited! Has
    anyone tried to add dried fruit or nuts?

  7. Kelly

    These are GREAT!!! I couldn’t stop eating them. They are really easy to make too.

  8. tgunter8

    These are great. Does anyone know what the calorie count would be?

  9. Phinney 5

    I am brand new to Paleo…has anyone tried a substitute for the 3/4 cup dried shredded coconut???…not a fan! :)

  10. Scott

    Well it depends on how big your serving size is for calorie count,
    But 1/4 of the whole batch is:
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size: 1 cookies
    Amount per Serving
    Calories 498
    Calories from Fat 410.8
    % Daily Value *

    Total Fat 45.64g
    Saturated Fat 0.5g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    Sodium 2.5mg
    Total Carbohydrate 26.71g
    Dietary Fiber 2.25g
    Sugars 8.5g

    Protein 6.71g

    Est. Percent of Calories from:


  11. Scott

    Well it depends on how big your serving size is for calorie count,
    But the whole batch is:
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size: 1 cookies
    Amount per Serving
    Calories 498
    Calories from Fat 410.8
    % Daily Value *

    Total Fat 45.64g
    Saturated Fat 0.5g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    Sodium 2.5mg
    Total Carbohydrate 26.71g
    Dietary Fiber 2.25g
    Sugars 8.5g

    Protein 6.71g

    Est. Percent of Calories from:


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  12. betsyrowles

    I added a Tablespoon or two (to taste) of Almond Butter… OH MY GOODNESS! Takes the recipe from good to GREAT. Try it!

  13. SAMBoddy69

    These are so good! Made as described, but can see there are many variations. After mixing, I dropped them into a silicone mini cupcake pan. Made great bite sized pieces.

  14. Meg raz

    Omg, just made these and they are soooo good! My husband will be excited to get his chocolate fix! I used a bit too much honey and added a tablespoon of sun butter. They taste like samoas, the girl scout cookies.l will keep them in the freezer! Amazing.

  15. Shar

    These are awesome! I added a small box of raisins. Wonderful!

  16. TmakSparkie

    This recipe is for two servings right?

    • Neely

      This recipe contains about 1224 calories, so I’d say it’s for about 2 people for one snack and 2 more for a snack the next day, or something along those lines. The breakdown for those 4 servings is 306 calories, 18g carbs, 26g fat, and 5g protein.

  17. TmakSparkie

    I think I will have to only make this once in a while and when I have company or a holiday, they are so good I ate the whole thing yes I did now I feel sick. So yummy though

  18. smittey17

    I split up the batch using muffin tins, then freeze. Great for quick pick-me-up snacks! Delish!

  19. cascott

    Coconut-Free Version:

    Since you’re heating up a pan, you may as well put it to good use and toast your nuts…

    Toast the whole nuts (I used pecans, sunflowers and cashews) in a non-stick pan.
    Put the hot nuts in a grinder with cocoa and cinnamon (1/4 tsp.), and grind.
    Add canola or grapeseed oil and the honey in the hot pan to heat up and mix.
    Dump the ground-up mixture to the honey-oil mix in the pan.
    Add a tablespoon or two each of dried fruit and pepitas. I used cranberries and it was good.
    Fold until all combined.
    Lay out a sheet of wax paper large enough to double over.
    Put your mixture on one end of the wax paper and fold over the excess wax paper to press and shape the mixture into a suitably-sized mass, a square or rectangle between 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch thick.
    Chill, cut and nibble!

    For, the next batch I make I think I’ll add a little cayenne to give it little surprise kick and probably substitute almond butter for at least some of the oil. I’m having a hard time being happy about eating that much oil!

    • Neely

      @cascott – Glad you got creative with this recipe. We don’t usually recommend canola or grapeseed oil, so one option would be virgin palm oil, or you could even use some animal fat or olive oil instead.

  20. claudelle

    How well do these hold up at room temperature? I’m looking for some foods to take along on a long day of flying (but will definitely try these after in any case, if they get too soft for the trip)

  21. Kim

    DELICIOUS!! We brought them to the movies last night as our treat!! Thank you!! The whole family enjoyed them! I am thinking of making them as little mini cups for x-mas gifts!

  22. Sara Terry

    Thanks for the lovely recipe. I did redo it but you gave thee idea and I think it is Devine. I have made them
    For my whole gym and everyone loves them. We are doing a paleo challenge for sept and I refer everyone here for great recipes. I have posted a lot of my own paleo recipes on my FB page. If you’d like to see them it is Crossfit South Valley on FB. Be our friend! Thanks again….. great website.

  23. Sara terry

    @claudelle, these become very soft and fall apart easily at room temperature. Because the coconut oil gets soft and melts below 72 degrees. Storing it in the fridge is what keeps in a solid piece but it is still delicious, even at room temperature but it may not travel well. I certainly didn’t come up w/ this recipe but have made it so much I can make it in my sleep! I love this recipe but again I slightly redid it. =]

  24. Renee

    Can I use agave syrup instead of honey? I’m allergic to honey.

    • Neely

      @Renee – It’s not the greatest. I’d try coconut sap or B-grade maple syrup before you go to agave. It’s very high in fructose and it’s often highly processed. I’m not a huge fan of the stuff.

  25. Renee

    Okay, thanks. I do have maple syrup in the house!

  26. Adam

    Great snack, very tasty and so easy to make…

  27. kristybea1

    This was perfect! I added a small handful of raisins like someone said above. Delicious! Even my picky husband loved them!!! Next time, I think I’m going to try dates and orange peal to make it a little more tangy!

    On a side note::: NEELY —- is there anywhere I can purchase a book of all these recepies!?!?! I’m terrible at organization, and I write these recepies down to take them into the kitchen to prepare them… then end up loosing the paper in the clean up process after dinner. A book would be so much easier! Help?

  28. Virginia

    I Made these today and they did not stay together. it’s just a bunch of crumbles. not sure what I did wrong. Also, are you sure those nutritian facts are correct? Seems like a lot of fat.

    • Neely

      Virginia – Not sure either. Doesn’t seem like other people have problems. Maybe some of the ingredients were too cold? And yes, the nutrition facts are right, as the coconut oil, coconut flakes, and nuts are all high in fat.

  29. Andrea

    I was having a hard time finding hazelnuts in the store, but remembered that I had some Torani sugar-free hazelnut syrup at home. Is it possible to use 1 tsp of this a substitute for the actual hazelnut without causes too much harm?

  30. I made these tonight as my very first Paleo recipe. I was so scared to start the journey and decided fun treats were the push I needed- to know we could still indulge every now and again! Thank you so much for sharing this find! Not that these will last long in our house at all, but how long do you think they will keep? I’m thinking a week in the fridge? I’m looking forward to making them in bite-size-ish pieces in mini muffin tins! I cut this batch into ten pieces instead of the 4 and the bite size piece hit the spot.
    Again, thank you so much for my introduction into this new lifestyle being a crazy amazing success :D

    • Neely

      Elizabeth @The Young Retiree – I’m glad you liked it! A week is about right in the fridge. Enjoy!

  31. Angel14181

    I used ground up almonds and this tasted JUST like an almond joy! My kids loved them too and they couldn’t wait the full 2 hours for them to harden. It makes a lot more than 4 servings, in my opinion, or maybe it’s so rich and filling that they just go a long way. I can’t get over how great this recipe is! I’m sharing it with all of my friends. I’ve tried so many great recipes that people around me are starting to come around to the Paleo way :)

  32. lisa

    ok this is where i get confused with paleo, Its a much healthier style of eating right? So how come these treats are so high in calories? Its the same with the chocolate chip cookies. I have found that a lot of the stuff from paleo is high in calories. I do enjoy the stuff on here, but one it’s really expensive, and then I wondered if it’s even helping me eat right, cause of the calorie intake.

    • Neely

      lisa – It’s all very confusing – I know. Nutrition is a complicated thing. I will say that being healthy is definitely not all about calorie intake. It’s about the quality of those calories, and for weight loss it’s often about how many carbohydrates, and what type of carbs, are in your food. These treats we have on here are just that – treats. If you want candy bars or brownies, they’re going to be sweet and therefore much more carb dense than veggies and meat. Treat them as treats and eat them in moderation, and know that they’re made from incredibly high quality ingredients, as opposed to the refined grains, refined sugar, and hydrogenated vegetable oils most treats are made of.

  33. lisa

    ok, that makes sense. but just another question with these being 380 calories i think that’s what they are, isn’t that the same as really eating a candy bar?

    • Neely

      lisa – I’m not sure what you mean. If you eat 380 calories worth of meat, is that the same as eating a candy bar? It’s not all about the calories. It’s about the quality of the food and the amount of sugar that will spike your blood sugar and insulin. It’s also about the ingredients in the candy bar vs the Paleo “candy bar” or cookies. There aren’t any grains in the Paleo ones, or hydrogenated vegetable oils, soy, refined sugar, artificial flavors, artificial colors, or preservatives as there are in all kinds of commercial candy bars.

  34. lesliealvarez

    Delicious!!! Made them with pecans, almonds and walnuts. I think I’m going to add a bit of cinnamon next time to see!

  35. Rosa

    I just did this recipe. I basically adapted it a lot with the ingredients I had at home at the moment, because I wanted to try it anyway – so my ingredient substitutions: vegetable ‘butter’ (not soy one) instead of the coconut one; chocolate (powder); sunflower seeds in place of the nuts; once I don’t like shredded coconut (I like the taste of coconut but I don’t like to shew it and the feel of it in my mouth) I never have it at home so I added a scoop of my (protein) banana flavored mass gainer in place, also to add some protein to it (I know I know! but I workout so :)) and kept the honey. Even though it didn’t get solid at all (maybe because I also made it too much of a thin layer?), it turned out delicious, and tastes great because of the banana flavor from the mass gainer powder ;) XD

  36. Riley

    I had these when we first started paleo hoping they would be good they were not it was awful couldn’t taste the honey only the cocoa powder

  37. alynnn

    For ground nuts, do you mean something like almond meal?

    • Neely Quinn

      alynnn – No, just chopped up nuts.

  38. jllucas25

    I think next time I need to either add more cocoa powder and maybe 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil (vs. 3)… When I bit into my mine – it tastes soo oily…The oil is even all over my fingers after each bite — and I measured exactly 3 tablespoons.

  39. bookluvr9

    I made this and it is sooo good. I ended up using almond flour by accident when I chopped the almonds in my blender/food processor. My future niece loved making it with me too!

  40. Karen

    I just made a batch…doubled it, as my daughter and I share our Paleo recipes. I used agave nectar and added a tsp. of pure vanilla. It is amazing!

  41. Anonymous

    These were amazing. We made them with vegetable oil instead of coconut oil because it is better for heart health. But they turned out great. My boyfriend made them into perfect candy bars. I think we might try them with apple sauce instead of oil next time to lower the calories. Thanks for the recipe!

  42. Sumner

    Wow, these do taste like an almond joy! Used 2 Tbs of coconut oil instead of 3 but only because it was getting runny with 2. I’ve been using coconut oil for a few years because of Dr. Mercola’s website and wish people would understand the amazing benefits of coconut oil vs. vegetable oil.

  43. Heather

    I am day 2 onthe paleo (LIFE CHANGE). I hate to call it a diet because the first think people say to be is. Why are you on a diet. I am 5′ 1″ and weigh aprox. 105ish. I workout 3 days per week on average. I have been a calorie watcher for quite some time. I have been reading a lot about this way of eating. I am giving it a 2 week trial. Am I understanding this right in thatI have to give up my caffinated coffee Iin the am? Can u drink decaf? Amd what about store bought spices?

    • Neely Quinn

      Heather – I think I’m one of the only people in the Paleo world who has any problem with coffee whatsoever, so if you ask many others, they’d say no. Here’s what I think about it:

      Store bought spices are fine, but watch the ingredients. Sometimes they sneak wheat, corn, etc. in there.

  44. Sue

    Not sure what all the accolades are about–these were a big “meh”. I had some hazelnuts and almond butter I didn’t mind wasting. The texture was certainly not amenable to rolling it into balls, so I spread it in a small loaf pan. I guess if you’re hard-core Paleo, you’re so incredibly desperate for something sweet that these actually taste good. They’re not horrible, but they’re not great, either.

  45. Maya

    I’m not paleo but my husband is so I made these for him on Father’s Day. We BOTH loved them. I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out great.

  46. Reverendlrc

    Very good. To spread out the calories a little I chopped each square into 4 more squares. Result= 16 small pieces rather than 4 big ones.


    These were very yummy. Although I’m only on day 4 of paleo, I was in need of a treat and this really hit the spot. I was able to break it up into about 8 portions, which will be nice to keep in the freezer and is available when I need a sweet something. I’m not normally a fan of coconut, but I liked it in this receipt, and only used 1/2 a cup vs the 3/4 cup it called for. Added about 1 tbsp extra raw honey. Thanks for the sweet recipe!

  48. Ben

    I’ve made these several times, but it’s been a few months since the last batch. My initial thought was that the cocoa powder overpowered the treat. I added in some raisins – maybe 1/2 cup and that balanced it nicely. Overall I think the recipe is a keeper and is ripe for modification, but is good enough as it is.

  49. Paleo Moxie

    I absolutely loved these and was honestly impressed. I added an extra tablespoon of honey. Will definitely make these again. Super easy!

  50. Bethany

    I made these today. They were great! I did add an extra tablespoon of raw honey, and the next time I make them, I will only put 1/2 cup of the coconut instead of 3/4 cup. I think the texture will still be fine! Thank you for this recipe!

  51. Christi

    I’m actually checking out this sight for my Boyfriend, i just try to make healthier choices and eat alot of things that i’ve seen as recipes on here anyway, but this looks and sounds like a paleo version of no bake cookies.. has the same cooking method even, except no sugar and grains.

  52. Deb K

    Followed the recipe, absolutely loved these. Used a mini muffin tray and made the mixture into twelve bite sized pieces. Just great to satisfy a sweet craving :)

  53. Lori B

    I’m 2 weeks in on this lifestyle change, my mom and I are doing it together. This was our first treat we experimented with since Easter is coming in a few weeks and we wanted to have a full Paleo spread for the family from appetizers to dessert. These are awesome! We did use 2 Tbs of honey instead of one, and I used hazelnuts, walnuts, and pecans for the ground nuts. I also used a mini muffin pan and put paper liners in and got 16 servings out of one batch. I ended up with about 1 1/2 – 2 tsp per muffin cup. Once I firmly pressed the mixture down, most were juuuust about to the top of the pan. You could easily stretch it to 24 servings if you wanted.

  54. Marti

    I make these per the recipe about once a week and cut into smaller 1 1/2″ squares for my husband and I for a treat after dinner or lunch. I use roasted organic almonds and sometimes a dark cocoa powder. I also found them a little grainy so I put the cocoa powder in with the melted coconut oil and honey before mixing it in with the coconut and almonds. My husband isn’t a fan of coconut but he loves these!

  55. Ben D

    Per Neely’s suggestion for the person allergic to honey. I’m definitely going to give the maple syrup a go. My wife and I are from big maple producing states, Maine and Pennsylvania, so maple syrup is our go to natural sweetener.

  56. Karen M

    I made these exactly as per the recipe and they turned out perfect. And oh so yummy. Our whole family loves them for an after dinner treat occasionally.

  57. We are so making these!

  58. Ally

    Hi there,

    Can Baobab powder be used instead of the ground nuts?


    • Molly

      Ally – baobab powder would be an excellent addition, but I wouldn’t recommend replacing the nuts altogether with it. Perhaps you could increase the shredded coconut to 1 cup, replace the nuts with 1/2 cup carob nibs (skip the cocoa powder), and add 1 teaspoon baobab powder to start. Let us know how it turns out.

  59. Kathy

    I have been making the paleo candy bar for a year. I absolutely love them. I freeze them and break them into pieces like a bark and have one (or two) at bedtime! But after a year I just realized if I melt the coconut oil in the microwavea dn throw this all in my mixer, it is so much easier to blend. I quadruple the batch so I don’t have to make it often.

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