This paleo Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Copycat recipe features a vanilla and orange cake that’s studded with cranberries and topped with a rich coconut frosting.
I’ve only joined the ranks of citrus-loving dessert folk in the last couple years.
Before that, I wouldn’t be caught dead with things like Lemon Meringue Pie, Orange Chiffon Cake, Lime Meltaways, and even Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars on any dessert plate of mine.
I don’t know how it happened, but now I can tolerate just about any citrusy treat you want to send my way. And I’ll even go out of my way to indulge in some of them, like those Starbucks bars.
So I figured instead of treating Cranberry Bliss Bars an indulgence, why not remake them into something nourishing?
When I was originally developing this recipe, I was aiming more for bars rather than cake. However, it came out cake-like and was so darn good I had to share it as-is.
Do you ever eat cake for breakfast? Confession: this cake may have been my breakfast a couple days this week.
The Best Paleo Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Copycat Recipe
The cake is moist and dense, probably a bit denser than most cake, so it’s really more like a cross between bars and cake. It’s aromatic with mahlab (a spice made from the ground seeds of the St Lucie cherry) and fresh orange zest, and isn’t overly sweet.
The coconut butter frosting is rich and slightly sweet, adding a lovely hint of coconut to the overall cake experience.
Cranberry Bliss Bars FAQs
What is in Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar?
Starbucks describes their Cranberry Bliss Bar as follows: “A blondie cake base topped with sweet cream cheese icing, tart dried cranberries and white orange drizzle.”
And according to their website, the ingredient list includes the following:
- Enriched Flour [Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Enzyme, Folic Acid]
- Brown Sugar
- Cream Cheese [Pasteurized Milk And Cream, Cheese Culture, Salt, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum], Butter [Cream]
- White Confectionary Coating [Sugar, Palm Kernel And Palm Oils, Whey Powder, Nonfat Milk Powder, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Natural Flavor, Vanilla]
- Cranberries [Cranberries, Sugar, Sunflower Oil]
- White Confectionary Coating [Sugar, Palm Kernel And Palm Oils, Whey, Nonfat Milk, Soy Lecithin, Pure Vanilla]
- Icing Sugar [Sucrose, Maltodextrin]
- Ginger [Ginger, Cane Sugar]
- Canola Oil
- Palm Oil
- Sugared Orange Peel [Orange Peel, Sugar And Orange Oil]
- Vanilla Extract
- Coconut Oil
- Maltitol Syrup
- Baking Powder [Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cornstarch, Monocalcium Phosphate]
- Leavening [Sodium Bicarbonate]
- Soy Lecithin
Do Cranberry Bliss Bars Need to be Refrigerated?
You can keep Cranberry Bliss Bars at cool room temperature (around 70F) for up to 2 days. After that, store them covered in the fridge for up to 3 days more.
Can you Freeze Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars?
Yes! This recipe freezes quite well for up to 2 months.
More Healthy Cranberry Baked Goods Recipes to Try
- Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Spice Seed and Nut Bars
- Paleo Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread
- Low Carb Cranberry Almond Cookies
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This post was first published on Healthy Sweet Eats on December 15, 2014. It was updated with more information on December 18, 2019.