The Story of Paleo Blackberry Bars

August 11, 2011

Once upon a time in the wee hours of the morning, a mother and daughter went berry picking.

These were not just regular berries, mind you. These were wild blackberries, ripened with the sun and watered by a stream.

As the mother and daughter began harvesting the berries with their buckets, gloves, and not enough body coverage, they realized that they had quite a job head of them. For this part of the land hosted miles and miles of blackberry bushes, as far as the eye could see.

You see, not only were these wild blackberries, but they were wild blackberries with HUGE, prickly thorns and stuck into the mother and daughter’s arms as they got close to each berry.

After an hour of picking and getting pricked, the mother and daughter, with their bowls and buckets overflowing with berries, retreated to their car, and back to their home.

When the daughter, who just happened to LOVE cooking and baking, returned with her load of berries, she decided to cuss out the bush with the thorns and apply antiseptic to her cuts get started on the recipe that would change the world.

Ok, maybe it couldn’t change the world, but I sure am proud of this recipe! It’s gotta be one of the best desserty-breakfasty-healthy baked thing I’ve made in a while.

And the moral of the story teaches us…

Make these bars!

Do it. Stop wasting time reading this and get into your kitchen. Trust me. The mother and daughter both suggest it.

Happy Thursday, Friends!!!

What’s your story of the day???

Do you have a lot of fruit or a veggie you need to put into every recipe, too? I know Katie did.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzanne May 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

These look fabulous, but I have a quick question. I’m not a huge fan of coconut (neither are my kids). Substitution suggestions??


Jenae April 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I JUST made these and cannot wait to try them! I made them with blueberries instead because I didn’t have any blackberries but they look just as good! Thank you for the recipe! Just wondering if you had an estimate of how many calories are in each bar?


samb April 13, 2012 at 10:31 PM

are you able to use almond flour instead of coconut flour?


Lori April 14, 2012 at 6:05 AM

I don’t see why not, but I would either increase the amount of almond flour (by maybe 1/4 cup??) or decrease the amount of liquid used. Coconut flour soaks up a lot more liquid than anything else I’ve tried so just be aware/

Try it with almond flour and let me know!


sofie March 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

What’s the texture of these like?


Buttoni September 24, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Boy, these look fantastic. Can’t wait to try them with my next blackberries. I’m trying my hand at growing blackberries, but my bushes are very young, so I’ll be buying them for awhile longer. Thanks for the recipe!


Lori September 24, 2011 at 3:15 PM

You have to try it! It’s a delicious recipe and homegrown berries could not be any better! Fun that you’re growing your own!


Heather/HippieChristian August 15, 2011 at 7:31 AM

ooooh! i can do this, i can do this! all i have to do is take out the eggs and use flax or something 🙂
these look so tasty. thanks for sharing 🙂


Pure2raw twins August 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Lori those look amazing!!! they are just jumping out to me off the screen saying eat me haha
I have never picked my own berry before, I know sad 🙁 I promise one day I will pick my own berries!!


Jocelyn @ Enthusiastic Runner August 12, 2011 at 9:52 AM

omg those bars look amazing!


Chuck August 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM

TOTALLY making these for long bike rides! Perfect triathlon fuel! Any idea on the nutritional facts?


Erin August 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

What a pleasure, I love picking blackberries and even more to eat it 🙂 great recipe

Reply August 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

yummm those look amazing!!! yay i have all the ingredients!! definitely making those!


Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) August 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Those bars look spectacular, love the burst of fruit


Anne@MyZenPulse August 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM

2 more weeks of eating rabbit food only… veganizing these paleo baked goods is saving my life!


yo yo mama August 11, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Here’s my story: Once a mother suggested blackberry picking to her daughter. Although the mother rose very early that next morning, her daughter was somewhat reluctant to venture into her mother’s adventure. After a few brief thoughts, however, the daughter realized that the mother sometimes really does have good ideas. And so the mother and the daughter, now no longer reluctant, drove the roads in search of the succulent berries. -move to the end of the story–middle deleted for the moment– Mother and daughter were oh-so-please with their berry-picking adventure and returned home with many pounds of juicy and sweet ripe berries. Several days later, Mother opened the refrigerator expecting to find HER berries and looking forward to using them in a pie. Alas, HER berries had disappeared. What had happened to all those berries? Several days later the mother read her daughter’s blog and discovered amazing pictures of truly wonderful blackberry bars. The mother now KNEW what happened to all those berries that had disappeared from her house. Will the daughter give her some bars made with the mother’s hand (bruised and scratched)-picked fruit? Will the mother even taste the fruits of her labors? (story to be continued, hopefully with a happy ending)


melissa August 11, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I love the receipie, but How is that paleo friendly? baking powder, baking soda salt, sugar sub and eggs?


MelDef August 11, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Those look AWESOME. The sort of thing too dangerous to have about as I tend to keep eating until all gone… oh well. I shall be making them to bring to a friends house and leave with just a bar for me! No wild blackberries around so I shall try another berry…


Amber Shea @Almost Vegan August 11, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Love it, love it, love it. I was going to go berry-picking this weekend, but our local u-pick farm didn’t get a good crop of blackberries this year. DAMN!


Becca August 11, 2011 at 7:16 AM

I am so happy I found your site! Someone tweeted about it last week and I can’t stop checking it out. I am totally going to bake the blackberry bars. 🙂 Thanks!


Katie August 11, 2011 at 7:14 AM

I went blackberry picking in a wild bush once. Wearing shorts. I am a biologist, yet I didn’t really think abotu the thorns. Oops.

This recipe looks awesome and I bet I could use some of those raspberries from my backyard. Seriously, I need to find a recipe that uses more than just 1 cup of berries. Other than jam, that is.


Kristina @ spabettie August 11, 2011 at 7:10 AM

I seem to put spinach in quite a lot… having spinach pancakes for lunch today (as a sandwich bread…) 😀 and coincidentally, my spinach pancakes were born from an idea I had while trying out the Paleo diet last year…

I cannot WAIT to make these!! I saved just enough blackberries from last weekend’s market run. saved them for THESE.


Kat August 11, 2011 at 7:05 AM

these look so so good! I’m not a HUGE fan of blackberries though, so I would probably use bloobs 🙂


Steven August 11, 2011 at 4:10 AM

Talking about food porn… I’m all drooling and shaking here… Those bars must taste like heaven!


froilanmax August 11, 2011 at 4:09 AM

Slurrp! that was really yummy I hope to see more of your recipe soon.


Anna August 11, 2011 at 3:43 AM

I love Blackberry, and I must to agree- yes you did it again!


Jess@Healthy Exposures August 11, 2011 at 3:04 AM

aaaaaand, you did it again. yet another recipe from you added to my list! or maybe you could just start sending me samples of everything? i’m more than willing to bargain a deal 😉

We have some blackberry bushes right next to our house. i picked some the other night and am happily eating some this a.m…but i kept getting careless with the thorns, myself! every so often i’d release an “OWWW!!” haha,


(what runs) Lori August 11, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Samples… that could be in the works… 😉

Those stupid, yet wonderful berry bushes. It takes some work to get those little berries off from the bush! But it’s worth it.


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