Gluten Free Vegan No Bake Energy Bars

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I made these “gluten free vegan no bake energy bars” for the first time when we went to the Redwood Forest last summer.  They were the perfect high protein snack to tuck into our backpacks while we hiked among those majestic trees.  I’ve started making them again for my son who is starting to golf and needs a high protein snack to eat during those long three to four hour games.  These bars have become his absolute favorite snack.

I use soaked and dehydrated nuts and oatmeal for easy digestion, but if you don’t have stomach sensitivity you can use regular nuts and oats.  When choosing nuts, it’s best to try to incorporate small nuts like sunflower or pumpkin seeds into your mix for good texture.  I usually mix almonds, pecans and sunflower seeds.  Make sure your nuts are crisp.  If not, toast them for 5- 10 minutes in a 325 oven.  

Besides being gluten free and vegan, you don’t need to bake these bars!  Although it might seem like there are a lot of ingredients, these bars are a breeze to make.  I hope that you’ll try them!


*  1 T oil or non dairy butter to grease pan

*  1/4 cup non dairy chocolate chips or cocoa nibs

Dry Ingredients

*  1 1/2 assorted chopped unsalted nuts**

*  1 1/2 gluten free rolled oats**

*  1 1/2 gluten free brown rice cereal

*  1/3 cup raisins

*  1/4 cup ground flax seed

Wet Ingredients

*  1/4 cup honey

*  1/4 cup pure maple syrup

*  1/4 cup almond butter

*  1 teaspoon vanilla

*  3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

*  1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1)  Grease 9 x 13 inch pan with oil or non dairy butter

2)  Mix dry ingredients together

3)  Combine wet ingredients in saucepan on medium heat until it comes to a low boil.  Stir constantly for four minutes.

4)  Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well.

5)  Fold in chocolate chips or cocoa nibs

6)  Spread into prepared pan and press firmly–especially the corners and edges.

7)  Refrigerate until firm and cut into bars

**  Use soaked and dehydrated nuts and oats for easier digestion.  Make sure your nuts are crisp.  If not, toast for 5-10 minutes in a 325 degree oven.


Linking to:  Katherine’s Corner, Sincerely Paula, Fat Tuesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday


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  1. These look yummy! Question: do you think one could use agave syrup instead of the honey to make it vegan? I think that sweetness-wise it would work but agave syrup tends to be a bit runnier than honey so I’m not sure if it would hold it together as well. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I’m going to try this today and maybe send some with Vincent to camp if he likes them.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my Hawaiian vacation. Thanks so much for sending your readers over to my blog.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
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    • Hi Sheila,
      I hope you get to try these–they’re yummy. If you son likes coconut (mine sadly does not) throw a little in (1/4 or so) for more chewiness!
      And thank YOU for being so generous in letting me share part of your beautiful blog. (and I love Ladytown too) You’re an inspirational woman Sheila. I’m blessed to have gotten to know you!
      Much aloha, Lori

  3. tiffany says:

    Hi Lori,
    Thank you for sharing these amazing snacks! We have been talking a lot about healthy snacks in our family and this is fantastic because my son could actually make this himself–or even better make healthy snacks for the family! And.. I love the high protein part!


    • Hi Tiffany,
      These will be a great for your son to make for your family! And yes, I’m all about trying to add protein to my kids snacks…Thank you, Lori

  4. Oh I already know these would be a big hit over here. I can’t wait to try them.

  5. Aloha sweet Lori, these look divine. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo
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  6. Aloha, Lori! These sound wonderful!! Thank you for sharing your recipe at Whole Food Friday – I am highlighting it this week!!
    Hugs from Alaska!
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  7. Allison says:

    Have you figured our the nutrition info on these? Specifically, the calorie, fat, and protein content per serving. Thanks! :)

    • Hi Allison,
      I’m sorry, but no I haven’t figured out nutrition info. on these bars. It’s probably something that I might start one day when my kids are older. You can make the bars any size you like, but for my kids, I get 30 bars out of this recipe. Hope that helps a little…Thanks so much for visiting, Lori

  8. No-bake energy bars sounds perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing at Gluten-Free Wednesdays. I’ll be highlighting your entry this week.
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