One of my favorite things on Earth is a good slice of key lime pie. However, since starting the paleo diet six months ago, I’ve obviously been abstaining from sweets. Thus, I present to you, Coconut Lime Goji Cranberry Neanderbars. This Neanderbar tastes exactly like where the key lime filling and graham cracker crust on a typical slice of key lime pie meet. This version however, is loads healthier, will keep you full for awhile, and other than the honey used as a binder, is 100% paleo!

I typically use these as a quick take-n-go breakfast on my way out the door or as a mid-day snack. You can leave these puppies on your counter for a month and they won’t go bad, so don’t worry about making too many. Another great idea that I’ve started implementing is putting Neanderbars in the freezer. They don’t freeze solid, but instead take on this amazing chewy brownie like texture. I highly┬árecommend freezing them. They taste amazing.


  • 4oz pumpkin seeds, food processed or finely chopped
  • 8 oz blanched almonds, food processed almost into almond meal
  • 3 oz dried cranberries
  • 2 oz goji berries (I kind of feel like these are optional honestly. The cranberries have a stronger flavor and are about an 1/8 the price. You decide)
  • 8 oz shredded coconut
  • 6 oz finely shopped or food processed walnuts
  • 3 TBSP lime juice
  • 2 TBSP lemon flax seed oil (available at whole foods in refrigerated section)
  • 8 oz honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a casserole dish with parchment paper. You can a baking sheet, but getting everything to stay together might be more difficult.
  2. Mix all ingredients above in a large mixing bowl until the mix is… well, mixed.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the casserole dish and evenly distribute.
  4. THIS IS IMPORTANT: get another piece of parchment paper and put it on top of the mixture. Using your fists, smush everything until ┬áit’s even and well compressed. If you’re not smushing for at least 3 minutes, you haven’t smushed enough and your Neanderbars will probably crumble. You don’t need to bake the bars with the second piece of parchment on top.
  5. Put the Neanderbars in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top turns a golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool and set. If you eat these too early, they’ll fall apart, and you’ll have Neandercrumbs
  7. Once the Neanderbars have cooled, grab them by the corners of the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board.
  8. Cut with a sharp knife into whatever size you want.
  9. Enjoy!

Like I was saying before, these taste great frozen or on the go. I’ve also crumbled them up and mixed in some fresh blue berries and almond milk. Neanderbars have a million and one uses, so it’s up to you!

Coconut, Goji berries, and lemon flax seed oil being mixed

Pure Texas Honey

Pumpkin seeds make it look green

This is the texture you should be getting before the smush

Golden Brown Neanderbars

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4 Responses to coconut lime goji cranberry neanderbars

  1. Alice Chandler says:

    Combining the glories of key lime pie with my favorite almonds, walnuts, and coconut sounds like the stuff that dreams are made on. And, besides, smushing up all those ingredients will use up lots of calories!

  2. donald says:

    Haven’t made these yet, but I’m sensing genius here.

  3. David R says:

    Hey Ben, enjoying your site. A couple of questions about your neanderbar recipe:
    -Are you measuring by volume or weight? E.g., when you say 8oz shredded coconut, are you weighing 8oz on a scale or are you using a measuring cup/8oz scoop?
    -Use unsweetened coconut, correct? Do you process this with your food processor? The unsweetened coconut I have looks like large dry-ish flakes compared to the stuff in your mixing bowl pic.
    -How about the cranberries? Are they unsweetened?
    -Do you blanch your own almonds or buy them that way? If you do it yourself, how do you do it?
    I’d like to try this recipe–looks yummy. Cheers!

    • Ben says:

      Hey David,

      Sorry for the delayed response. I’m measuring everything on here by weight–a practice I picked up because I’ve seen foreign readers on other blogs complain. And yes, I am using unsweetened coconut. I have seen coconut flakes, but the coconut I use is shredded. The bran is “Let’s Do Organic.” Cranberries are sweetened. Alas, I do not blanch my own almonds… too much trouble for me. Thanks for stopping by. Best, Ben.

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