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Kevin Curry

Easy Caveman Energy Bars Recipe

Making energy bars is one of my favorite foods to make in the kitchen. And to think I avoided making them for so long because I thought they were too hard to put together. That couldn’t be further from the truth! I’ve made several here on my site and they’re perfect for curbing sweet cravings. But sometimes our cravings are not so simple and are all over the place – we want something sweet, salty, sour yet not offensive to the palate. That’s a lot of demands but it’s easy to fix.

The answer – caveman energy bars recipe! Great for weight loss and it’s healthy.

Really, we just add one more ingredient to our usual bar recipe – jerky! The salty dried meat adds texture, flavor and a modest boost of protein! This is a great option when you want to switch things up and add some more flavor! I got everything from my local grocery store Kroger so it is super easy to source! This is perfect if you want to make a homemade energy bar.

Want to try more homemade energy bar recipes? Check our oatmeal energy bites, easy chocolate energy bar, and raw superfood energy bars.
If you are looking for a healthy snack and easy recipes see our sweets snacks.

Ingredients for 20 bites

  • Dry
  • 160g (5.7oz) turkey jerky (or your choice of dried jerky)
  • 1 cup (~8oz) raw almonds
  • 1 scoop (25g) collagen peptide protein or unflavored protein powder (OPTIONAL – NOT in MACROS)
  • Wet/Sticky
  • 1 1/4 cup dried fruit
  • I used: 1 cup dried cranberries + 1/4 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (melted)


Step 1

Add the turkey jerky to a food processor and process until it is fine like powder.  Then add the almonds – and protein powder if applicable – and pulse blend until it chopped, NOT fine.  You want the almonds to have some texture.

Step 2

Add the wet/sticky ingredients to the food processor and blend until it becomes a sticky, thick and dough-like.  If necessary, add a tablespoon of water and/or coconut oil while it blends to help.

Step 3

IMPORTANT note: sometimes, depending on the ingredients and the quality of your blender/processor, you may need to add more/less of an ingredient.  This is normal when making bars in order to arrive at the right consistency.  If that’s the case, you may need to adjust the macronutrients at the end of the recipe.

Step 4

Evenly divide the dough into silicon ice molds OR spread it out in a small baking dish lined with parchment paper.  If desired, garnish the top with crushed nuts, dried fruits or seeds.

Step 5

Cover in plastic wrap, then freeze for at least 3 hours.  After that you can store in the fridge or keep them in the freezer.  If you used the ice molds, then enjoy one at your leisure OR slice the pan into equal amounts.  Enjoy!

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Prep 5min
Cook 5min
Total 10min

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About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!