Gluten Free Nut Free Protein Bars

Everyone loves a thick, dense, chewy bar – something hearty that will actually keep you satiated for a long time. That was the goal of these bars! Plus, it’s gluten-free and nut-free for those who need it (it’s hard to find a bar out there with both of those qualities!) it’s made with ingredients you know and can trust and can source yourself which will certainly help if you have any allergies or intolerances. Enjoy!

gluten free nut free protein bars

Vanilla Coconut Protein Bars – Gluten and Nut Free

Makes 8 bars (3 x 1 inch)

Ingredients

¼ cup honey
4 pitted medjool dates
½ cup sunflower seed butter (nut free certified to ensure nut free)
½ tsp vanilla extract (gluten free certified to ensure gluten free)
1 cup rolled oats (gluten free certified to ensure gluten free)
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut (may need to ensure nut free certified)
1 cup vanilla whey protein powder
3 tbsp water
1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Blend honey, dates, nut butter, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a food processor until smooth – there will still be some chunks of dates
  3. Gradually add in the protein powder, then the shredded coconut and then the oats into the food processor. It will look like crumbs.
  4. Remove from the food processor and form into a ball, the dough will be thick.
  5. Gently spread the dough in a pan (roughly 8 x 7 inch or square pan) using your thumbs and palm of your hand to spread it out (it will be thick – but ensure it’s all together in one piece)
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and then cut into 8 bars and gently lift out once completely cool. Store in the fridge for optimal freshness.

gluten free nut free protein bars

About Sarah Maughan

Sarah Maughan is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, ON and has been consulting since 2009. Her website aims to educate you, make you laugh, help you live and inspire you to eat whole food! To stay up to date sign up for free blog and recipe updates! In the meantime, empower your body with food!
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