These paleo cranberry bliss bars are just that: bliss! These vegan cranberry bliss bars are a grain-, gluten-, and dairy-free paleo Starbucks copycat recipe that’s perfect for the holidays. Blondies, layered with “cream cheese” frosting, topped with dried cranberries, these paleo cranberry bliss bars are so delicious. You’ll love these vegan cranberry bliss bars because they’re a holiday treat that are totally guilt-free! Easy to make with a high-speed blender like a Vitamix.
‘Tis the Season
I hate ordering cutesy names off a menu. In fact, most of the time I refuse.
I might want the “Rootin’ Tootin’ Ribeye A-Flutin'” but I’ll ask for “the ribeye with the onion straws, or whatever,” instead. Or I may land on the “Long Slow Screw Against a Wall,” but I’ll order “the lemongrass shooter” instead.
I simply refuse to order the cutesy, cutesy names. Sorry, not sorry. I find them unnecessary and embarrassing, and I feel like a tourist in a Hawaiian shirt in the middle of Times Square when I’m forced to recite the names. With one exception.
The cranberry bliss bar. And sure, it’s not too novelty, but that “bliss” in there? Is it really necessary?
Well, it turns out… it totally is. These paleo cranberry bliss bars, with their gluten-free blondie crust, dotted with sweet-tart dried cranberries and their white chocolate-cream cheese frosting? Pure bliss. Descriptor absolutely necessary.
The problem, though, is that they’re loaded with sugar and processed flour and conventional dairy, so the bliss ends after the last bite. After that? I’m lamenting the “diet creep” that’s taken over our holidays, making exceptions from our otherwise paleo diet more and more often since we’ll do a Whole30 in January, right?
These paleo cranberry bliss bars are the answer! With a gluten- and grain-free blondie crust, loaded with dried cranberries, then topped with a cream cheese frosting, this paleo Starbucks coypcat is such a treat. And bonus points? They won’t make you feel sluggish or yucky at all after indulging. Super win!
And they’re vegan cranberry bliss bars, too, making them squeaky clean. They’re a total must for any paleo or vegan holidays for sure.
And I can’t wait for you to try these paleo cranberry bliss bars! They’ll become holiday favorites for sure, and these vegan cranberry bliss bars are the perfect healthier treat and Starbucks copycat. You’ll just love them.
More Paleo Treats You’ll Love
- Paleo Cookies with Frosting (Lofthouse Style)
- Perfect Paleo Brownies (Fudgy, Crackly Top, Gluten Free)
- Best Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes Ever with Dark Chocolate Frosting (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
- Paleo Pumpkin Pie
- Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake (Paleo, Healthy, Grain Free, Refined Sugar Free)
- Paleo Pecan Pie
For the Bliss Bars
For the Frosting
- 1 ½ cups raw cashews soaked in water for at least 4 hours then drained
- ½ cup coconut cream ONLY the solid part of coconut milk, very important – see Notes
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil at room temperature
- 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon orange extract
For the Toppings
- ½ cup dried cranberries chopped
- ¼ cup prepared frosting reserved from the frosting above
- 13×9 baking dish
- Parchment Paper
- Large bowl
- high-speed blender
- Spatula (or butter knife)
- Plastic bag
- Kitchen scissors
For the Bliss Bars
- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Line 13×9 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
- In large bowl, combine all ingredients for bliss bars. Stir well until dough is fully incorporated.
- Transfer bliss bar dough into baking dish and spread dough out into flat, even layer, pressing it into sides and corners of baking dish.
- Place baking dish in preheated oven and bake 15 minutes or until top of dough is lightly golden. Remove dish from oven and let bliss bars cool completely.
For the Frosting
- Add all frosting ingredients to high-speed blender and process until mixture is very, very smooth.
- Once mixture is smooth, transfer frosting from high-speed blender into large bowl. Let cool to room temperature.
To Frost the Bliss Bars
- Reserve ¼ cup of prepared frosting and set aside. Use spatula or butter knife to spread remaining frosting on top of cooled bliss bars. Sprinkle ½ cup chopped cranberries on top of frosting layer.
- Transfer reserved frosting into small plastic bag. Snip off one bottom corner of bag to create piping bag. Drizzle frosting over bars, then slice bars into triangles and serve.
- Make SURE to use only the solid part of the canned coconut cream or milk. Using liquid coconut milk will result in far too liquid a frosting.
- Make SURE to soak your cashews and use a high-speed blender. Failing to do so will result in a frosting that is not perfectly smooth.
- The frosting will be a bit more yellow than in the photo, due to the maple syrup. You can substitute honey for a lighter frosting.
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.