Grain-Free No-Bake Protein Bars – low-carb, vegan, gluten-free

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These Homemade Protein Bars are sugar-free, soy-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, but loaded with yumminess! Stop spending a fortune on store-bought bars and make your own vegan protein bars instead:)!

I'm always on the lookout for healthy snacks for my family, especially easy recipes since I am pretty busy.  We love my recipes for healthy chocolate trufflesno-bake cookies, and kale chips, but this recipe for homemade protein bars is one of our all time favorites.

It's a great grab and go snack and is full of yumminess that you and your family will love.

If you've been buying protein bars in the store, here is your chance to make them at home for much less money and likely with much healthier ingredients.

I like to make these bars in bulk (I make just about EVERYTHING in bulk) and then place in the fridge or freezer for a fast healthy snack for the family. Sadly, however, the freezer party typically doesn't happen.  Most of my recipes make it to the fridge and that's it.  They get eaten faster than I can get them there….but I'm working on it!

I know that a lot of people still purchase ready-made protein bars in the stores for convenience purposes, but it really is great if you can carve out a little bit of time and make a big batch of something like this and have it on hand.

You'll save a ton of money, have total control over the ingredients and well, they taste great too.

Try it and once you find a mix of ingredients you like, make a bunch of batches, freeze them, then grab them and go when you are on the run.

This homemade vegan protein bar recipe is a lot healthier for you and for your wallet, plus who doesn't love some chocolate now and then, especially when it's this healthy?

How are these Homemade Protein Bars healthier?

  • Seeds and nuts give a great dose of healthy fats that are good for you and great for leveling out your blood sugar levels.
  • The optional protein powder provides a nice dose of protein.  (Yes, I know this is not a “real food”, but for those of us dealing with food allergies, sometimes this is the best we can do)
  • Coconut oil is a great healthy fat as well
  • No preservatives
  • No questionable “natural flavors”
  • No highly processed protein powders (depending on what you choose if adding a protein powder.)
  • No extruder-processed puffed grains and such that have been cited for questionable effect on health
  • Low Carb for those who need it
  • Allergy-free – You can make these bars however you need to in order to avoid allergens or sensitivities

Carbs in Store Bought Protein Bars

I learned the hard way how the store-bought bars can be a real problem.

Recently, I bought a bunch of “healthy” bars on clearance for my kids.  I thought I was doing a good thing for my family as they were heavily discounted, and some of them had more protein that most other bars in the store.

However, the addiction factor kicked in pretty quickly.

See, we don't have many processed foods in our home.  I don't typically realize how “odd” this is, but when visitors look in our cabinets and fridge, they comment something like “Wow, you guys really do eat healthy!”

And the carbs have had a bad effect on one of the members of our family, who shall remain nameless.

My experience is that we are passing down weakened guts and immune systems to subsequent generations, and as such, more and more people can't handle carbs.  Well, these bars have more carbs (in the form of nice sounding “organic cane syrup”, etc.) than I would typically let my kids eat, and thought I figured that the protein and fats would balance it out, the fact is that they don't.

My kids do better on my homemade stuff and there is just not much of a way around it.  So even though I thought I was giving them something “healthy”, I learned my lesson.  Organic cane syrup is sugar.  And we don't do well on it.

With these bars, you can control your carbs, which can be a very important thing.

Back to the Protein Bars…..

These originated as a recipe for Almond Power Bars on Elana's Pantry.  I tweaked the recipe a bit, made it more suited to variation, and gave nutrient boosting and sugar-free alternatives.

The only problem with these homemade protein bars is that they don't travel well in warm weather.  So take a cooler bag along with you if you plan to eat them on the road when it's not that cool.

One warm weather tip – making these homemade vegan protein bars and the topping with cocoa butter instead of coconut oil will make them more stable.

These Homemade Protein Bars are sugar-free, soy-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, but loaded with yumminess! Stop spending a fortune on store-bought bars and make your own vegan protein bars instead:)!

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Grain-Free No-Bake Homemade Protein Bars

This Homemade Vegan Protein Bar Recipe is one of our favorites - Grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free homemade protein bars--great for special diets.





    1. Place nuts or seeds, flax meal, coconut, seed or nut butter and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
    2. Process until the nuts or seeds are ground into a coarse meal
    3. Melt coconut oil over low heat. If the temperature of your home is around 76 degrees, you can skip this step and add the oil directly to the food processor as it will be soft enough to process easily.
    4. Add coconut oil, sweeteners and vanilla to processor bowl and process until well combined to form a thick, yet crunchy paste.
    5. Press the mixture into an 8x8 square pan (you can be quite flexible here. A 9x9 will work just fine. A larger pan will produce thin bars, while a smaller pan will yield thicker ones.)
    6. Place in refrigerator to chill.
    7. While bars are chilling, prepare Homemade Chocolate / Carob Bar, but don't harden it.
    8. Top bars with the Homemade Bar. Alternatively, use your own or my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips before melting, or melt and top with those.
    9. Place back in refrigerator to chill (if you can wait that long :-)!)
    10. Cut into squares and serve.
    11. Store in refrigerator.
    12. *I also have used xylitol and erythritol. Here's where to buy xylitol and erythritol.


    Recipe Notes

    Use vegetable glycerine as the liquid sweetener for a low carb version. If you don't need low carb, use Sucanat or honey for more natural options. If you don't use glycerine, then 1 scoop stevia extract is a good choice or you could alternatively use xylitol or about 1/3 more erythritol.*)

    Substitute up to the total amount of the flax meal with the same amount of rice protein for an extra punch of protein. Nutribiotic makes a great brand from non-GMO brown rice. You could also use some of this great grass-fed gelatin to firm up the bars and give more protein.

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    These Homemade Protein Bars are sugar-free, soy-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, but loaded with yumminess! Stop spending a fortune on store-bought bars and make your own vegan protein bars instead:)!

    Hope you enjoy the taste and the healthy boost that these Homemade Vegan Protein Bars bring to your wallet!

    Other Processed Food Replacements for your kitchen:

    Powdered Sugar Substitute
    Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips
    DIY Vanilla Liquid Stevia
    Homemade Marshmallows (SF option)

    Would you eat these Homemade Vegan Protein Bars for–breakfast, snack, on the go?

    Photo Credits: Naomi Huzovicova

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    1. Can the topping be left off without throwing the taste off too much?? I’m allergic to chocolate…

    2. Hi!

      Love this recipe and cannot wait to make it. Since I have erythritol, I plan on using that in this recipe. How much would you suggest I use? I still can’t seem to pinpoint how much it takes to give recipes that sweet taste.

      Thanks for this!

    3. Joy Wheatley says:

      These look wonderful and looks like a great recipe! But, I have looked and can not find how many Carbs they Have?

      • Hi there. We are working on getting that functionality on the blog soon – we just put in a new recipe plug in and it took a ton of time. Stay tuned! I will be working on this recipe as one of the first.

    4. Hey, What do you mean soak and dry the nuts if possible? Like measure out the nuts and soak them in water for how long? would it be okay if you just used the nuts dry?

    5. Elizabeth says:

      This is the weirdest thing…I want to make these bars right away, but can’t locate the recipe. I can’t see it, and there’s no live link for me to click on. I tried on both my phone and my computer. I’m hoping maybe it could get emailed to me? They look so great!

      • Elizabeth says:

        Never mind, you can delete this comment. Once I posted my comment, the recipe popped up! Very strange.

        • Yes, this was part of the problem. Something to do with caching and the blog posts. Working on making sure it never happens again. Thanks again for taking the time to let me know!

      • I am so sorry – we had an issue w/ the blog last night and it’s cleared up now. Thanks for letting me know!

    6. Ashley Angstadt says:

      Hi! Just made these for the first time-so delicious! Can’t wait to try new spins on your recipe! What is the shelf life of the bars if kept refrigerated?

    7. These are absolutely delicious!!! Thank you so much for sharing! My daughters are hypoglycemic, so they need healthy, well-balanced snacks throughout the day that are high in protein and fat, and I have an autoimmune disease- these are the best treat!!

    8. I am very excited to try these. I am trying to break down the nutrients on an online calculator as suggested before making them. Can you tell me how much this particular recipe makes? How many bars or how much each serving is? That would be very helpful. Thank you…i know they will be delicious

    9. Do you have the nutritional values for a typical bar, with and without protein powder? Size of bar for say 150 calories or 3 X 1.5 or 4 X 1? This would be very helpful.

      • Hi there. I’m looking into putting this capability on my site but it’s complicated. Please for now enter the ingredients into an online calculator. Thanks for reading!

    10. Alejandra says:

      These are the best protein bars I’ve ever made! I absolutely love them! I’ve tried several different recipes but I always keep coming back to them. I’ve also tried a few alternatives my favorite being putting only half the mixture onto the pan and then adding homemade chia jam on top. Then I crumble the other half of the mixture and I bake for a little bit in the oven <3

    11. In your notes at the end of the post you said you could add gelatin to the bars. Would I mix it in dry or dissolve it in a little hot water and then add it? Thanks.

    12. What would you sub for the dried coconut if you don’t use it?

    13. Do you know what the nutritional breakdown is for this recipe?

    14. My eight year old son and I just LOVE these!!! So glad we tried this recipe.

    15. Have you ever made these with honey? We aren’t Stevia eaters, but I would love to try these with honey. What amount would you recommend?

    16. Well, my doctor and dietitian want me to watch my carb sodium intake..I’m 55 yrs old..there watching me closely..because I am border line diabetes 2……so it’s a bit frustrating, to say the least….

    17. Hi there, love all the recipe’s. My family and I are fed up of bought “healthy” bars.

      Just wondering , do both nuts and seeds have to be raw and unpasturised to soak and dry properly? I actually have a dehydrator so

      Will ordinary seeds like sunflower and pumpkin work that are bought in the supermarket or local health shop?

      • Yes, soaking and drying non raw nuts and seeds won’t benefit you. Cashews are never raw, however, so soaking and drying them only results in a texture change. If those seeds are raw they should work :).

    18. Hi! great recipe, do you have the nutritional values for the bars? Mainly need the numbers for carbs, fat and protein x

    19. Hi,
      I saw that you recommend using cocoa butter instead of coconut oil to top the bars for warm weather. Did you mean subbing the coconut oil for cocoa butter in the Homemade Chocolate Bar recipe? If so, do you recommend using cocoa butter powder or actual cocoa butter chips? And how much should you use, depending on which product you use (the powder or the chips)?