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Sugar Free Grain Free Dairy Free Energy Balls

If you have never visited The Gluten Free Dish,  you really should stop by and check it out.  Debbie, makes all kinds of gluten free goodies.   I don't have to eat gluten free any longer, but I try not to go overboard.  That is why I love her blog, she gives me all kinds of ideas.

If you like sugar free, grain free energy bars, you will love these.    I did not follow her recipe exactly because I didn't have all the ingredients on hand.   In place of many of the nuts, I added chia seeds.  I also added some cashew butter, cinnamon and cocoa.
My Hubs swore that this tasted like an Almond Joy Bar.

He took some with him to a boys night out for himself.  There were only 5 balls that he took.  He ate one and when the guys seen him eating them, they wanted one too.    One guy said this was the best tasting candy he ever had that was homemade.    He also said, Tell Terry that she can make this candy for me anytime.

The problem is.... I don't have a recipe.  I went off this recipe from The Gluten Free Dish.  Hers look much better than mine do and I am going to try them the way she did.... eventually.

Sugarfree, Grainfree Energy Bars
2 cups pecans
1/2 cup organic "raw" cashews
3/4 cup organic raisins
2 cups unsweetened coconut, shredded
3 Tablespoons raw honey
8 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Add ingredients to food processor and blend well. Spread the mixture into an ungreased glass 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 15 minutes and allow to cool. Cut them into squares. Then refrigerate to harden.


  1. I am going to send this to my DIL and her mother. She loves things like this. sandie

  2. Sounds pretty good, although I'm not a fan of raisins. Are they really noticeable?

  3. Oh my these look so delicious. I have never tried cashew butter but it sounds yummy. I'm going to have to give this a try. We have to really watch what Abby eats most of the time. Her pediatrician likes it when her weight is down (she don't lol). Thank you for sharing!!

  4. Thanks so much for your kind words! I am glad you were inspired to create a recipe from mine. I like your addition of cocoa and cashew butter. I don't think you can go wrong anytime you add cocoa. They look I want your recipe! :D

  5. I've copy/pasted this recipe to my desktop!!! healthy sweets are better by far! Thanks for the yummy!

  6. Nice job! I love watching people when they discover that homemade can taste so much better than store bought treats.

  7. Another winner! Serindipity at work here. Guess what? Well, I had a little slip today off my no/low salt, sugar, trans fat diet. I had some KFC. When I sat down to eat - I like to read while I eat sometimes - I walked over the my bookcase and pick up a book. Guess what the name of the book was. "Metabolic Syndrome" I thought - wow! This really nailed it for me. It brought home to me how desparately I need to maintain my diet. Cheers!!

  8. Sandie,
    They taste much better than the bars you buy at the store...

    I added dates too, so the raisns were not that noticable, but if you don't like them, you would probably notice them.

    Cashew butter is much easier to digest than peanut butter. That is why I use it.

  9. Debbie,
    I love your blog. you have great recipes that work for me.

    It is funny watching people taste things that aren't packaged or pre made. They just get that YUM look on their face.

    I think fate was trying to tell you something. LOL... it is strange how things like that happen.

  10. I would love these! I just need to get the desire to cook:)

  11. This recipe sounds delicious. Dairy free is something my daughter can eat.

  12. nice post friend...thank you for sharing...wish i could visit everyone more frecuently but are many..and the hours are different but prayers and blessings on your way..remembering the real reason for the holidays..days of peace love and thinking...loves from our home to yours...maranatha..

  13. Marantha,
    Thank you so much for stopping by. I tried to visit you if you have a blog, but you don't have your profile available.

  14. These do sound yummy! I need to get more coconut oil.

  15. Sounds good. Those do NOT look anything like Almond Joy bars, though! Haha!

  16. I love it when you post recipes like these.
    I'm putting up a new blog roll where your recent post is displayed. I realize the problem I've been having is when I click your link to come visit it brings me to the last post I commented on instead of refreshing so I think you haven't updated. I'll get on that this week and then I won't be Johnny Come Lately anymore.

  17. How easy is that? Thanks for sharing such a cool and healthy idea :D


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