Homemade Nut Free Protein Bars

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

A healthy alternative to store-bought granola bars, these chewy nut-free protein bars are perfect for snacking on-the-go! 

Nut Free Granola Bars

As a mom of two young boys I am here to confirm that the rumor is true: boys will, in fact, eat you out of house and home.

Liz Making Granola Bars

As easy as it would be to rely on store-bought granola bars, making them at home is not only more affordable but it allows me to control the quality of ingredients.

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This year, both of my boys are in nut-free classrooms which presented another challenge: tweaking our usual granola bar recipe to be nut-free but also provide a hefty boost of protein.

Healthy Protein Bars Recipe


The end result is these soft and chewy nut-free protein bars scented with warm cinnamon and plump raisins. For even more protein, I pair them with a Stonyfield yogurt pouch packed with calcium and Vitamin D.

Nut Free Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

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While there are so many decisions a mom has to make throughout the day, one decision I always feel good about is feeding my kids organic Stonyfield yogurt made without toxic persistent pesticides or GMO’s

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Chewy Nut Free Protein Bars Recipe

In the meantime, we have kids to feed, am I right? So get in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these soft and chewy nut-free protein bars to pair with your favorite Stonyfield yogurt. You’ll be so glad you did.

Do these require refrigeration?

No. But they will keep longer if you do.

Can these be made as low sugar as well?

Leaving out the chocolate chips and raisins will keep the sugar down.

No forks required.

nut free chewy granola bars

Homemade Nut Free Protein Bars

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A healthy alternative to store-bought granola bars, these chewy nut-free protein bars are perfect for snacking on-the-go! 
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
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Servings8 bars

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 baking sheet with parchment paper for easy protein bar removal.
  • In a large bowl, mix together oats, protein powder, flax meal, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together apple sauce, honey and vanilla. Pour mixture over the oat mixture and stir well. Add raisins and stir again until mixture is evenly incorporated. 
  • Spread mixture evenly into prepared baking pan using a rubber spatula to press the mixture firmly into the pan in an even layer.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool completely before slicing into bars.

Notes

If I want to use sugar instead of honey and applesauce, what would be the amount? 

I would not swap those ingredients out on this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 7gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 162mgPotassium: 250mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1.5mg

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45 responses to “Homemade Nut Free Protein Bars”

  1. Peter Dennis Avatar
    Peter Dennis

    I always use quick oats for breakfasts. Is it OK to use those instead of old fashioned oats please?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes for sure!

  2. Donna Avatar
    Donna

    These look great. Can vegans replace the honey with date syrup or maple syrup? Thanks.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m not sure – i’ve never tried but report back!

  3. cade Avatar
    cade

    I made these with chocolate flavored whey protein powder, quinoa flour instead of white flour (in case some of the folks I was giving them to were allergic to gluten), and chocolate and dried cranberries instead of raisins and they were very tasty! Not super sweet, but if you have a strong sweet tooth you could adjust them with more honey or by putting a drizzle of chocolate on the tops of them. (I’ll probably be drizzling them with chocolate because *tasty*!) Thanks so much for the recipe!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  4. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    What can I use in place of flax? My daughter is allergic to that as well.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You can just skip it or chia seeds!

  5. Lauren Avatar
    Lauren

    Hello! Can you substitute gluten free flour for regular flour? Thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes you can!

  6. Jean Avatar
    Jean

    can you use white unbleached flour instead of whole wheat flour

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes of course!

  7. TAF Avatar
    TAF

    You say they will keep longer if refrigerated. If travelling (i.e. no refrigeration) how long can I expect them to last?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I would say up to 5 days!

  8. Rena Avatar
    Rena

    I love the option for a nut free bar especially since I am allergic to peanuts and tree nuts but one question, have you found a protein powder that is processed in a nut free facility? That is a real struggle for me. I’d appreciate you sharing if you have.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes absolutely!!

  9. Allison Avatar
    Allison

    If you add dark chocolate chips to recipe will they melt?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That should be fine!

  10. Patt Avatar
    Patt

    If I want to use sugar instead of honey and applesauce, what would be the amount? Does it replace 1:1 or do I have to take into consideration the moisture factor?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You can’t swap it I’m afraid!

  11. Anni Avatar
    Anni

    Going to try this! My husband is allergic to almost every nut and I’ve been looking for a home made bar.
    Question, how well do these keep? Do you recommend refrigerating them?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      They keep great! You don’t have to refrigerate but they will last longer if you do. Enjoy!

  12. Brenda Score Avatar
    Brenda Score

    What a beautiful way to snack. Our girls would love this!

    1. Melanie Avatar
      Melanie

      how can I cut down the sugar in these bars? too much sugar count for me

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        Don’t add in raisins or chocolate chips!

  13. Liren | Kitchen Confidante Avatar
    Liren | Kitchen Confidante

    Homemade bars are so much better, and I love that these are nut free — it can be challenging to find ones to pack in school lunches these days.

  14. Toni | Boulder Locavore Avatar
    Toni | Boulder Locavore

    This looks perfect for snacking! I am sure my kids will love this!

  15. Lindsay Cotter Avatar
    Lindsay Cotter

    Perfect for on the go snacking! Such a great healthy option for active kids!

  16. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Avatar
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I ALWAYS need new protein bar recipes! Totally digging that these are nut free too!

  17. Marjory Avatar
    Marjory

    I’m always on the lookout for easy, high protein, portable snacks. Bonus that it’s nut-free for my daughter with allergies!!!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I’m so glad!!

  18. Lauren Grier Avatar
    Lauren Grier

    These look fantastic! Stonyfield always has the best products!!

  19. diane Avatar
    diane

    We have so many friends who are allergic to nuts. These are perfect for them and there’s something for everyone!

  20. Nikki Gladd Avatar
    Nikki Gladd

    This is great! Last year both of my boys were in nut-free classrooms, too. This year we’re not, but our church sunday school classes are always nut-free. Keeping this for the books!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh good I’m so glad!! My kids are both in a nut free room!! So hard sometimes. xoxoxox

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