No Bake Apricot Oat Protein Bars are easy to make with turkish apricots, gluten free oats, protein, and seeds! The perfect nutritious protein packed snack or breakfast to go! Sweet, salty, chewy, and dense! A wholesome homemade protein bar recipe that’s nut free, vegan, and naturally sweetened!
I am fully aware that the internet doesn’t need more protein bar recipes. Or another energy bar recipe for that matter. But heck, how many tailored nutrition bars do you see in the grocery store already? Um, a TON! Vegan, paleo, low sugar, high protein, macro diet, meat bars, fruit bars, fiber bars, like whoa…
Yet here I am posting one. I have my reasons.
Then again, if we only had one energy bar, energy bite, or protein bar option, we’d get bored. I would. I also think, no… I KNOW that the reason there are so many pre-made nutrition bars out there is because EVERY ONE has their own unique nutritional needs. Which is why I am adding another homemade protein bar recipe to the list. These No bake apricot oatmeal protein bars have a true nutritional function. Nut free, vegan, and gluten free! And I will FOR SURE explain on that “functionality” in a minute.
First, I wanted you to know that this homemade protein bar recipe, is in fact, one of our FAVORITES. LIKE EVER! I don’t lie folks. I was actually in shock when my husband told me it was his favorite too! It all came down to texture, chewiness, and the balance of sweet/salty. Dried Turkish apricots, gluten free rolled oats, pumpkin seed, vanilla protein, maple syrup or honey, and a drizzle of dark chocolate. A winning combo with any snacky food, don’t you think?
Now here’s where the story and functionality come into place. You see, the week before we left for Moab (to go hiking), my husband developed a cold sore. Usually this is brought upon by stress. Ya, it was a stressful week for us both. This means his immune system was poor and lacking in nutrients. I must have forgotten to feed him all the”stress reducing” foods. WHOOPS! Anyway, if you have you had a cold sore brought on by stress, you get the frustration!
The best thing you can do (in my opinion) to heal that cold sore faster is to rest, hydrate, avoid stimulants (coffee, nuts, alcohol), and increase minerals ( like iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, etc.). It’s also important to add in Vitamin B 12 and omega 3 fatty acid rich foods. Yes, I’m totally going to use food to heal here, but hey, what’s new.
Stay with me.
So .. there we were, needing snacks and energy/protein bars to take on our hiking trip, yet the Kiwi (aka my husband) needed to heal that cold sore. My inner nutrition nerd rejoiced at this challenge. Hence these Nut Free No Bake Apricot Oat Protein Bars!
Let’s break it down now, shall week?
- Turkish Apricots are a good source of non heme iron. It’s what I used to make these homemade vegan protein bars! Plant based iron.
- Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc. Zinc is KEY for boosting immunity.
- Plant Based Protein Powder (or quality grass fed whey protein if you are not vegan). Choose high quality (less processed) protein powder that’s rich in amino acids. You need amino acids for growing and repairing muscle tissue.
- Flaxseed – Rich in fiber and Omega 3’s. Actually, Omega-3 (ALA) 6,338mg
- Gluten Free Rolled Oats – Oats are also a good source of minerals and B Vitamins. Especially selenium, magnesium, and copper. These whole grains are high fiber can help lower (regulate) blood sugar. Having high blood sugar is another stress on the body, which you want to avoid of course. Certified Gluten Free Rolled oats are best used for those with gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease
Am I totally boring you about bars or what? No no no, I hope not!
My point is this. Keep a list of homemade Protein Bars and energy bars recipes handy. You will need them for different FUNCTIONS. Whether is be to replenish muscles from a workout, whether it be for food allergy sensitivity, whether it be for FUEL, or even just a breakfast/snack to go. There are endless reasons why.
HOW TO MAKE No Bake Apricot Oat Protein Bars
But I kinda sorta think these No Bake Apricot Oatmeal Protein Bars should be at the top of your list. Yes, I am bias.Print
No Bake Apricot Oat Protein Bars are the perfect nutritious wholesome snack! Sweet, salty, chewy, and nutrient dense! Nut free, vegan, and gluten free.
- 1 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup flaxseed
- 1 cup dried Turkish Apricots (+ extra chopped for topping)
- pinch of sea salt
- hot water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
- optional toppings – 1/4 cup Optional melting Dark Chocolate (We use enjoy life vegan/gluten free) and/or gluten free granola for topping
- Line a 8×8 or 9×9 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Blend together your pumpkin seed, gluten free oats, and flaxseed. Blend (in blender or food processor) until a “mealy” batter is formed.
- Place batter in bowl.
- Next blend/pulse your apricots until finely chopped/diced. Combine with oat/seed blend. Mix in your protein powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a separate small mixing bowl, combine your maple syrup or honey, 1/3 cup of hot water, and vanilla extract. Stir all together and add to your dry ingredients (the apricot/oat/protein mix).
- Mix well with hands then press into a baking dish. Sprinkle extra chopped apricots and oats on top. If you want to add vegan chocolate (dark chocolate) do so here. Just heat vegan chocolate chips in the microwave for 45 seconds, stir, then drizzle on top of bars.
- Let bars cool in fridge to set. Around 30 minutes. See notes on batter texture.
- Once batter is set, you can cut into 10 squares.
- Keep refrigerated.
- Estimated Nutrition shown below is per bar, without melted chocolate topping.
- If the batter gets too thick, just add more hot water or even a little honey/maple syrup. If it’s too wet, add more ground oats or coconut flour.
- Category: dessert
- Method: no bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 232
- Sugar: 12.9g
- Sodium: 48.5mg
- Fat: 11.3g
- Saturated Fat: 1.7g
- Carbohydrates: 23.8g
- Fiber: 5.1g
- Protein: 13.2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: protein bars, no bake, nut free, vegan, gluten free
No bake, no prob, no nuts, no gluten, no dairy, no refined sugar, no nonsense DELICIOUS PROTEIN BARS! Seem there’s NO reason NOT to try them. Haha, ya, that sounds about right.
If you could be a protein bar flavor, what would you be? Kidding. Maybe. NO really though, do you customize energy bar and protein bar recipes for your nutritional needs? Or your family’s nutritional needs?
Would love to see what works for you! And please, let me know if you try these, for sure!
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