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My friend Meredith and I have a shared problem: hungry boys. You might be in our boat, too, if you find yourself asking, “Where is the _____?” at least once a day in reference to some foodstuffs you swore there was plenty of in the fridge or pantry. Recently we were having a girls’ night (the best kind – micro-brews and a vegan cooking class) and discussing the serious need for protein-packed (i.e. filling) snacks for the aforementioned boys. For the last week I’ve been playing around with protein/snack/energy/granola bars and I think these are just right. Super easy to make, super delicious to eat and no-bake, to boot. Granted, the entire batch will be gone in a day, but, hey, at least they won’t go hungry.

no-bake energy bars
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Serves: 12
  • ½ cup nut butter (I use homemade sunflower seed butter)
  • ¼ cup liquid sweetener (brown rice syrup, maple syrup, agave – I use agave)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • hefty pinch of sea salt
  • 2 cups of muesli (I use Bob’s Red Mill GF)
  • ¼ cup your favorite protein powder (I use unflavored, unsweetened brown rice protein powder)
  • ½ cup seed/nut/fruit combo (think dried cherries, cranberries, apricots, almonds, pumpkin seeds, etc.) – optional, I generally only do this if I have this stuff on hand
  1. In a large bowl, mix the nut butter with your liquid sweetener and oil (with a fork or whisk) until well combined and runny, then mix in vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until smooth.
  2. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients and mix with a fork until well combined.
  3. Press into a 9×5 loaf pan lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap.
  4. Freeze for 15 minutes or until set.
  5. Pop up and slice into six perfectly sized bars! Eat these straight outta the fridge or freezer for best results.
If you are storing these in the freezer (and I promise they are great right out of the freezer), individually wrap each one in Saran and then seal them all in a larger air-tight container.