A hearty snack bar – these protein fruit & seed bars also make a great on-the-go breakfast on busy mornings. Packed with seeds & dried fruit all topped off with a decadent layer of smooth dark chocolate!
I use nuts and nut butters in a lot of my desserts, baking and snack recipes. Every time I post a recipe I can guarantee I’ll get at least one person asking for a nut-free alternative. Nuts can easily be replaced with seeds and nut butters with tahini or sunflower seed butter.
I thought it was about time I created a recipe that’s completely nut-free, but still packed with healthy fats & fibre. I also added in some protein powder to make it a more balanced and well rounded snack.
Fruit & seed bars like these make a great nutritious snack. They’re a great source of plant goodness like fibre and antioxidants. They also have added protein to bump up your daily protein intake with each serving containing 9g of protein! Not bad for something that tastes like a dessert 😉
Plus, they’re vegan and gluten-free, so they’re perfect for those with dietary restrictions/allergies/intolerances. You can easily double the recipe to make a bigger batch. You can also freeze leftovers to enjoy later on.
What you’ll need to make these protein fruit & seed bars:
Tahini – A sesame seed butter/paste (like peanut butter, but made with sesame seeds). A great source of minerals (copper, phosphorus and zinc) as well as unsaturated fatty acids and some protein. Runny tahini works best as it makes everything easier to mix. I always use Middle Eastern tahini (preferable Lebanese like this brand) as the quality is so much better than those found in your local supermarkets.
Seeds – High in fibre, vitamins & minerals (like vit E, zinc & magnesium) and unsaturated fatty acids. They’re also a source phytochemicals – a form of antioxidant. I like to use a mixture of seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, etc.), but you can use what you have available in your cupboard.
Dried fruit – a great source of fibre and phytochemical. I used dates and dried apricots, but again you can use whatever dried fruit you have available.
Protein powder – I always try to add protein powder to my snacks to make them more balanced. It’s also an easy way to make sure I’m getting enough protein into my diet. You can use vegan or whey protein powder. Flavours like vanilla, caramel and chocolate work best, but you can also use unflavoured.
Chocolate – a dark chocolate coating makes these bars feel a little more indulging and help satisfy a sweet tooth! You can omit if you want a healthier, lower in sugar snack.
Why you need to try these protein fruit & seed bars:
These bars are:
- Easy to put together
- Make a great snack or on-the-go breakfast
- Taste delicious
- And you only need 6 ingredients to make them!
Protein Fruit & Seed Bars
- 85g tahini
- 100g mixed seeds pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, etc.
- 50g soft dates finely chopped
- 50g apricots finely chopped
- 4 tbsp protein powder I used Bulk gourmet vegan protein (caramel)
- Pinch of salt
For the topping
- 100g dark chocolate
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix until everything is evenly distributed.
- Transfer into a loaf tin (I used a 21x11cm loaf tin) and press down using a spatula.
- Break up the chocolate into a heat-proof bowl and add the coconut oil. Melt in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water.
- Pour the chocolate on top, then refrigerate until set (1-2 hours).
- Slice into bars and enjoy!
These look great! Could I sub chickpea flour for the protein powder?
Hi Kim 🙂 It should work. I know ground oats/oat flour will definitely work, so in theory chickpea flour should work too. Although I haven’t tried it myself for this recipe.
I really liked it a lot. I followed your recipe almost to the letter, only litle less dates, and apricots became cranberries . But mine did not set well. When I slice it it will fall apart.
What can I do better next time.
Groetjes Agnes from The Netherlands
Hi Agnes 🙂 I’m so glad you like them! Oh how strange! I’ve had a few people send me pics of their bars on Instagram and they held together well. The only thing I can think of is the tahini you’re using may be too thick? A runnier tahini works best. If your tahini is thick you may need to add a little more or you can add a tbsp of melted coconut oil to help the mixture hold better. Let me know how you get on when you try it again! x
It’s 244kcal for one bar or the whole recipe
Hi 🙂 the nutritional information is calculated per bar.
They’re so tasty and love how healthy they are! They reminded me a bit of halva (because of the tahini), which I adore. Thank you 🙂
Hi what can replace Tahini with if it doesn’t have to be Vegan? Also, could I use almond meal instead of protein powder?
Super good. I used my mini food chopper for the dried fruit and about 1/2 the seeds- then it was easy to stir in the rest of the ingredients to get it to stick all together. With some parchment paper on the bottom of the pan – they were a breeze to lift out. Now I need to freeze some so I don’t eat them all at once! Thanks !
I’m planning on trying the recipie soon, but wondering would it be possible to substitue tahini for greek yogurt?
Hi Amelie 🙂 I haven’t tried using yoghurt to make them, so I can’t really say for sure. Let me know if you do decide to make them with yoghurt and let me know how they turn out!
Hi there, would like to try it out! I don’t like protein powder😞 what can I use ? Thanks so much 🙏
Love these – I put about 1/2 the seeds, the apricots and the dates in a food processor – then stir in everything else. Makes them stick together. 2nd time making them, Yum.
Hi Maryanne 😀 So glad you enjoyed them! Thank you for your feedback x