These homemade nut free protein bars are a wholesome, on-the-go option that provide a filling combination of protein and fiber and are great allergy free protein bars for those allergic to nuts, gluten or dairy.
I initially made these homemade vegan protein bars for my neighbor, who is vegan, nut-free and gluten-free. We got to talking one day and she was talking about how there aren’t many allergy free protein bars she can buy.
I felt for her because I can only imagine how difficult it can be with restrictions. So I told her I would try to come up with a nut free protein bars recipe.
And since, I’ve been eating these gluten and nut free protein bars around the clock.
I totally think the crunch of the chocolate chips and sunflower seeds are my favorite part and what set these apart from other storebought bars. There’s also no dairy or eggs for those who require dairy free protein bars.
What You Need For This Nut Free Protein Bars Recipe
- sunflower butter (or choice of seed or nut butter)
- coconut sugar
- baking powder
- baking soda
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup
- optional add in’s – sunflower seeds, chocolate chips
The chocolate chips are optional, but really, who takes that to mean optional? You must add them. (And if you like pumpkin, these vegan pumpkin blondies are a fun spin on these bars).
And you also must add sea salt. The sea salt is essential in these chickpea bars because it brings out all the flavors.
Promise me you’ll add a high quality sea salt.
Since these bars don’t use any type of flour, they are rather light and chewy. I wanted them to be this way. If you want a less chewy bar, these pumpkin hemp granola bars have a little more strength to them.
Are These Allergy Free Protein Bars?
Is it possible to make a nut free vegan protein bar? Yes!
These vegan gluten free protein bars don’t taste like protein powder and they are allergy friendly.
In addition to crunch, chickpea protein bars also provide fiber, flavor and protein!
This nut free protein bar recipe is free from:
They do use coconut sugar, and while the FDA technically considers coconut a “tree nut,” it’s really a botanical fruit. In fact, there’s currently a campaign underway to remove coconut as a “tree nut,” according to Food Safety News.
Most people who have tree nut allergies can safely eat coconut, but it may be individual
To keep these nut free vegan bars allergen friendly, I used sunflower seed butter.
If you don’t have a nut allergy, these vegan friendly protein bars can really work with any nut butter you have.I especially love that these chickpea bars actually make great vegan nut free desserts. They are a great option for those of us who like a healthy, sweet treat after dinner.
I really think these sunflower seed butter bars can appeal to everyone. Truthfully, these are actually one of my favorite snacks for breastfeeding hunger!
Are Homemade Vegan Protein Bars Budget Friendly?
Yes, especially if you think about the cost of vegan snack bars in the store. You can expect to pay over $2.00 each.
I did the math for these homemade vegan protein bars according to ingredients at my local food market, and these chickpea protein bars came out to about $.75 per bar.
You can’t find any vegan gluten free protein bars, let alone allergy free protein bars, for this price.
Plus, this vegan protein bars recipes has no artificial sweeteners or weird ingredients.
Using chickpeas helps make for cheap recipes! I must be on a chickpea kick recently, considering I’m loving these cheesy chickpea poppers, strawberry banana chickpea muffins and roasted chickpea pitas.
If you’re interested in learning more about sources of vegetarian protein, here are 11 sources with recipes!
How To Make Homemade Protein Bars Without Protein Powder
To make these homemade nut free protein bars, you’re relying mostly on the chickpeas, oats and sunflower butter for protein.
- No mixing bowls needed (just use your ninja or vitamix)!
- Portable on-the-go snacks
- Budget friendly (Less than $.75 per bar)
- High in protein (9 grams per bar)
- High in fiber
- Warm and gooey center
- Great before or after a workout!
You can, of course, substitute any form of nut butter for the sunflower butter if you don’t have an allergy, and add in any nuts. Dried fruit may also be a fun addition to try!
How Long Do Homemade Protein Bars Last?
These homemade protein bars can be stored room temperature for up to 3-5 days if in an airtight container.
Freeze for up to 3 months!
- 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup oats (use gluten-free if needed)
- ½ cup sunflower seed butter
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Rinse and drain chickpeas and place in ninja or food processor. Add in other ingredients and blend until smooth, adding sunflower seeds and chocolate chips in last.
- Spoon batter into 8x8 pan and spread evenly, sprinkling with sea salt.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned and set. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before eating. Bars will harden slightly upon cooling.
- Store cooled bars in refrigerator for up to a week.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Fiber: 6gProtein: 9g
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