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No bake gluten free nut bars

I have always loved this  No-bake gluten free nut bars recipe and often makes it for my family. I created this recipe years ago when one of my friends requested I created a protein bar without oats for her trail-running husband. It is also one of the recipes I wanted to photograph again after revamping my blog.

So here is the same recipe that has lived on my blog for many years with fresh new photographs. Hopefully, one day I will also photograph the steps.

These bars are so delicious and easy to make. They require not baking and are great for snacks or lunchboxes.

What equipment will you need?

Ideally, you will need a strong food processor to make them. But as I have learned boiling water is great for softening dates and nuts could be chopped with a sharp knife. So even a Nutribullet will be able to do the trick.

no bake gluten free nut bars

You can use all your favourite nut combinations but you will need about 2 cups of nuts. I used Eat Naked nuts, honey and almond butter. All their products taste amazing because it is NAKED, NO PRESERVATIVES, NO ADDITIVES and is produced in a SUSTAINABLE WAY and taste amazing, Buy them from any Dischem.

The No bake gluten-free nut bars are refined sugar-free and also contains no grains. To improve the taste it is best to roast all the nuts and seeds first and this will  improves the flavour greatly. Play around with adding raisans or cranberries or a drizzle of dark chocolate.

Let me know if you tried this recipe by using wthe #woodenspoonkitchen recipes and tag me on social media. Would love to see your creations!No cook nutbars without oats

Other similar recipes on the blog are

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No Bake Nut Bars

No bake gluten free nut bars

  • Author: Ankie Niesing
  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 20 Bars 1x
  • Category: Snacks


These bars are delicious, nutrient-dense and are great for lunchboxes. They are refined sugar and gluten-free and will work out much cheaper than buying energy bars from the supermarket.



1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup pecan nuts
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup flaxseeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup desiccated coconut
150g dates (+water to boil)
2 tbs raw honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs nut butter or peanut butter


1. Place nuts, seeds and coconut in a baking tin and roast for 10 minutes on 180’C. Checking and stirring often until nuts turn golden brown. This step is not compulsory but does really improve the taste of the nuts. Add 1/2 cranberries or raisans in the last step when mixing the nuts and dates.

2. Place dates in 500ml of boiling water and leave to soak until soft.

3. Pulse the nut mixture in a food processor into smaller chunks. Make sure all nuts are broken into smaller pieces. But don’t blend into a powder. If there are too many larger pieces of nuts in the bars it is difficult to cut it into bars.

4. Drain all water from dates and blend in food processor until a smooth paste forms. Add cinnamon, vanilla, honey and nutbutter. Mix again.

5. Add nuts, seeds and coconut mixture to a mixing bowl.  Add date mixture and stir through with hands. Until nuts are sticky and covered.

6. Press into a greased and lined 29cmx 19cm tin. Size will depend on how thick you want the bars.

7. Place in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours.

8. Cut into bars or squares. Store in fridge


Use a mix of any nuts. My favourites are almonds, walnuts and pecans. You could also just use two types of nuts. Medjool dates are nice and soft but if you can’t get hold of them just make sure to soak dates in boiling water.

Keywords: nutbars, protein bars, lunchbox, snack

Ankie Niesing

Hi, I'm Ankie! Welcome to Wooden Spoon Kitchen, my pantry of life, love and health where we constantly stir laughter, learning, eating and cooking together!

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