Fruit and Nut Protein Bars (vegan | gluten-free | refined sugar-free)

Anyone ever had one of those ‘Eat Natural’ bars before and expected it to be super crunchy and a bit more delicious than it actually is?! Same here.  Well ironically enough, I tried to mimic them, BUT with the added crunch factor and it worked- bloody delicious they are! The quinoa pops really throw in a bit of crisp if the crunch just isn’t enough.


Sorry I’ve kept the text pretty short, but I guess you’re here for the recipe rather than the backstory!


Serving size:

Makes 12 bars


  • 60g cranberries/raisins
  • 100g cashews
  • 100g walnuts
  • 100g pumpkin seeds
  • 50g popped/puffed quinoa
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp dessicated coconut (optional)
  • 100ml maple syrup
  • 4tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil


  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (except sugar) and leave aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the sugar, syrup, oil and vanilla extract, bringing to the boil and allowing to bubble for at least 5-10 minutes.
  3. Quickly fold into the nut mixture before laying out on a tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  4. Allow to cool to room temperature and harden.

Store in an airtight container- refrigeration not required for storage.

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