A simple, 10-minute recipe for no-bake energy bars 0

10-minute No-bake Oat, Nut and Coconut Energy Bars

Here is what I like about these homemade bars:

  • They don’t require any baking.
  • They take 10 minutes to make from start to finish.
  • The base recipe can be easily customized.
  • They’re perfect for taking on a road trip, on a plane or to the office.
  • It just so happens that they’re 100% gluten-free, vegan and raw.

I make these bars all the time back at home in the U.S. and often have a back-up supply ready to go in my freezer, but I wanted to give these bars a try while traveling in Australia.  This batch, which features some local “Aussie” ingredients, was made in our temporary apartment in Melbourne.  I didn’t want to buy large quantities of the ingredients below at the major grocery chain so I found a smaller co-op, Friends of the Earth, that conveniently offered all of the ingredient below in bulk.  I was able to purchase the exact amount that I needed.

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  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsalted nut or seed butter (almond, peanut, sunflower)
  • 3 tablespoons real maple syrup or agave
  • 2 tablespoons warmed virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil or raw coconut butter (consider using apple sauce if you’d rather not use oil)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons chia, buckwheat or hemp seeds, or any combination of the three

Optional mix-ins:

  • 1/3 cup dried fruit (raisins, currants, cranberries, chopped apricots, chopped mango)
  • 1/3 cup mini vegan chocolate chips


  1. In a small bowl, mix the wet ingredients together in a bowl (the nut butter, maple syrup, warmed coconut oil and vanilla).
  2. In a larger bowl, give the rolled oats, shredded coconut and seeds a quick stir.
  3. Add the wet to the dry, ensuring that the wet ingredients are distributed throughout.*
  4. Finally, stir in any of the optional mix-ins.
  5. Spread the mixture in an 8″x8″ parchment paper-lined pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  If you don’t have a pan, roll the mix into small 2-inch diameter disk-shaped patties or 1.5-inch diameter balls.
  6. Return uneaten bars to refrigerator or freezer for storage.

* When mixing the wet and dry ingredients, the mixture should be sticky enough to form a small ball with some gentle rolling.  If that is not the case, add either some additional nut butter or apple sauce, adding 1 TSP at a time.  Adding some additional pure maple syrup or agave is also an option, but the bars will take on a sweeter taste.

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The finished product!

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