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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!
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Paleo Cranberry Bliss Bars (Vegan Cranberry Bliss Bars)

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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Holiday
Keyword christmas, dairy free, refined sugar free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 525kcal

Equipment

  • Oven
  • 13x9 baking dish
  • Parchment Paper
  • Large bowl
  • high-speed blender
  • Spatula (or butter knife)
  • Plastic bag
  • Kitchen scissors

Ingredients

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

Instructions

For the Bliss Bars

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Line 13x9 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.

Notes

  • 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.
 
Recipe yields 12 bliss bars. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 bliss bar using the ingredients listed. 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 12. Result will be the weight of one serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 4mg | Net Carbs: 45g