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Nut free protein bars on a rectangle plate with some on the side.

Nut-free Protein Bars

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  • Author: Caitlin Rule
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 bars 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: American


These chewy homemade nut-free protein bars are the perfect healthy snack. They’re made with simple ingredients like rolled oats, mixed seeds, tahini, protein powder, and chocolate chips.


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs or chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: melted chocolate to top


  1. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, vanilla protein powder, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and salt.
  3. Add the tahini, honey, and vanilla extract, and stir until a dough is formed.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and use a spoon to arrange the mixture evenly, packing it down as firmly and evenly as possible.
  5. Optional: Spread over 1/4 cup of melted dark chocolate on top and sprinkle with extra hemp seeds.
  6. Cover the pan and refrigerate for at least one hour, or preferably overnight to firm up. When you’re ready to slice, lift the bars out of the pan and use a sharp knife to slice the mixture into 10 bars.


  • Store: Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days, or refrigerate for up to a week.
  • Freeze: Once cooled, wrap bars individually in plastic wrap or parchment paper, place them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag, and freeze for up to 3 months.


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 260
  • Sugar: 9.3g
  • Fat: 13.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.7g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Protein: 15.2g