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Homemade Nut Free Protein Bars

These easy nut free protein bars are a wholesome, on-the-go option. Chickpea protein bars offer a filling combination of protein and fiber and are great allergy free protein bars for those allergic to tree nuts, gluten or dairy. Plus, no protein powder is used!

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Homemade vegan protein bars have never been easier.

I used to be intimidated about making my own nut free protein bars. But, I’ve perfected this recipe and even the most basic baker can make these.

I initially made this no nut protein bars recipe for my neighbor, who is vegan, nut-free and gluten-free.

It’s challenging to have so many dietary restrictions, but as a dietitian, I knew I could throw a chickpea protein bar recipe together without any animal products.

Kind of like a spin off of my fun vegan pumpkin blondies. These are so good, you’ll want to make them over and over again.

Why You’ll Love Nut Free Protein Bars

  • Allergy friendly and great for school lunches – Even if you don’t have a nut or tree nut allergy, these chickpea protein bars are delicious and great for everyone. They are the perfect nut free snack for schools and kids lunches.
  • Vegan – These homemade vegan protein bars are a hit whether you follow a plant-based diet or not. Even if you’re not completely vegan, but need dairy-free protein bars, there are no milk products used.
  • Easy to store for later – Since they’re freezer-friendly, I love having this no nut protein bars recipe for easy back to school snacks, postpartum snacks and just for busy weekdays.
  • Gluten Free – If you need gluten free protein bars, these are made without flour and are a great snack option to meet your dietary needs.
  • Delicious – Even made without flour, chickpea protein bars are soft, chewy and delightful to bite into.
  • Protein bars without protein powder – I like to use protein powder strategically and when necessary. Like I’ll add it into a morning smoothie when I know I didn’t eat enough protein or I need to get my 25 grams of protein at breakfast on the go. But, I don’t want protein powder in all of my baked goods. These protein bars without protein powder won’t have a chalky taste that you’ll find with protein powder bars. The protein in these nut free protein bars comes from the chickpeas, oats and sunflower butter.
  • Budget-Friendly – Best of all, you’d likely spend over $2.00 a bar if you buy a store-bought vegan protein bar. On the other hand, these chickpea protein bars come out at less than $0.75 a bar, plus they use easy-to-pronounce pantry staples that you probably already have on hand. I load up our pantry every few months with my Thrive Market favorites.
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Using canned chickpeas are a key for budget friendy recipes.

I must be on a chickpea kick recently, considering my recent favorite snacks: bbq roasted chickpeas, strawberry chickpea flour muffins and roasted chickpea sandwiches.

Ingredients For Homemade Vegan Protein Bars

To make your own protein bars, here are the simple ingredients you’ll need.

  • chickpeas – To reduce the sodium, make sure to rinse them before adding to the food processor.
  • oats – use certified gluten free if needed
  • sunflower butter, or choice of seed or nut butter
  • coconut sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • sea salt – helps to bring out flavor! Promise me you’ll add a high quality sea salt.
  • vanilla extract
  • maple syrup – you can use less than recommended for a less sweet version.
  • optional add in’s – sunflower seeds, chocolate chips (these are vegan chocolate chips)
close up of nut free protein bar with sea salt on white countertop

Truthfully, these tree nut free protein bars are actually one of my favorite snacks for breastfeeding hunger or to recommend as a healthy athlete snack, especially for my athletes with nut allergies.

Since these bars don’t use any type of flour, they are rather light and chewy. If you want a less chewy bar, my vegan hemp protein bars and healthy vegan trail mix bars are a little heartier.

How to Make Chickpea Protein Bars

The best part about making this chickpea protein bars recipe is that all you need is a high speed blender or food processor.

You don’t need to dirty up a bunch of bowls.

Start by adding chickpeas to a food processor. Slowly add in other ingredients and blend until smooth. 

Then, pour the batter in your baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes in the oven.


These bars are nut free, but they are not seed free. Seeds are not one of the top 8 allergens, so most people with a nut allergy can tolerate seeds, however, that’s not the same for everyone. If you’re unsure, check with your doctor or take an allergy test.

Make sure to scroll down for the full recipe!

While it can be difficult to find truly nut free vegan bars (most vegan recipes rely on cashews or tree nuts), or protein bars without protein powder, this is a true winner on both accounts.

These chickpea bars also make great vegan nut free desserts.

Homemade chickpea protein bars stacked on each other

They are a great option for those of us with a sweet tooth who enjoy a healthy, sweet treat after dinner.

We alternate between these and our favorite chocolate coconut cream pudding.


Are these allergy free protein bars?

Yes, these protein bars are free from the top 8 allergens, including soy, dairy, nuts, and eggs. They are also vegan and gluten free, if using certified gluten free oats. The bars do have coconut sugar, and while the FDA technically considers coconut a “tree nut,” it’s really a botanical fruit and most people who have tree nut allergies can safely eat coconut. However, you can substitute for white sugar or add more maple syrup instead.

Can you use another seed butter?

If you don’t like sunflower seed butter, you can use pumpkin butter, watermelon seed butter or soy butter. If you don’t have a nut allergy, any nut butter will work!

How do vegan chickpea protein bars compare to storebought vegan protein bars?

Well, firstly, these chickpea protein bars are easier on the wallet! You can expect to pay over $2.00 each for a storebought protein bar. 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, there are no weird ingredients or fillers.

How long do homemade vegan protein bars last?

Homemade nut free protein bars can be stored at room temperature for up to 3-5 days if in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months!

close up of chickpea protein bar with sea salt on white countertop with bite taken out

Using chickpeas helps make for budget friendy recipes! I must be on a chickpea kick recently, considering I’m loving these bbq roasted chickpeas, strawberry banana chickpea muffins and roasted chickpea pitas.

If you’re interested in learning more about sources of vegetarian protein, here are easy vegetarian recipes!

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Homemade Nut Free Protein Bars
Yield: 9 bars

Homemade Nut Free Protein Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These easy nut free protein bars are a wholesome, on-the-go option. Chickpea protein bars offer a filling combination of protein and fiber and are great allergy free protein bars for those allergic to tree nuts, gluten or dairy. Plus, no protein powder is used!



  1. Preheat oven to 350. 
  2. 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.
  3. Spoon batter into 8x8 pan and spread evenly, sprinkling with sea salt.
  4. 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.
  5. Store cooled bars in refrigerator for up to a week.


You could also use pumpkin or soy butter. I haven't tested it with tahini but that is another nut-free option.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 786mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 6gSugar: 17gProtein: 8g

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  1. Can the nut-free bars or the pumpkin blondies recipes be made workable without using the chickpeas? I am digestively intolerant of all legumes. Perhaps sunflower and chia meal plus a little more liquid sweetener? Thanks.

    1. Hi Rob – I have not tested them that way and unfortunately, I’m not quite sure. It’s definitely worth a try!

    1. Are you talking about dates as a sweetener? Date paste may possibly work as a texture replacement but not sure dates would work instead of sunflower seed butter.

    1. Hi Julie, that is a great question. The FDA does classify coconut as a tree nut, though it behaves more similarly to a fruit. Many people that have tree nut allergies (myself included) can tolerate coconut but that is very individual. To be safe, you could always substitute brown sugar for the coconut sugar or leave it out completely and increase the maple sugar to 1/3 cup. Hope that helps!

  2. Any replacement for the chickpeas? My daughter has SIBO and cannot tolerate high fiber foods/legumes. 🙁 She is dairy and gluten free, this recipe sounds great.

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