No Bake Cashew Coconut Protein Bars


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A healthy, delicious, no bake protein bar which uses 1 bowl and takes 5 minutes- No food processor necessary! Perfect for on the go snacking and suitable for those following a gluten free, dairy free  or vegan diet! 

Healthy No Bake Cashew Coconut High Protein Bars- NO nasties and ready in just 5 minutes, these have amazing texture! {vegan, gluten free, oil free recipe}-


A food processor. That is on my ‘to buy’ list. I promise.

The last three weekends, I have made a valiant attempt to go buy one (well, the one I decided which fits my price range and is only available from K-Mart). It’s as though the Kitchen Goddesses don’t want to me to make my own nut butters, pesto or every blogger recipe which requires this magic utensil.

One of the key reasons I intend to buy one is to make these infamous no bake bites and balls which require no work….except for pressing a button on the food processor. A food processor which I don’t have.

After throwing some recipe ideas to some blends, I had my heart set on making a cashew coconut protein bar, after being besotted by one of my favourites and the amazing flavour combination. I was tempted to throw in the towel, but knew I had previously had success with these no bake sunbutter granola bars and these no bake chewy bars.

No Bake Cashew Coconut Protein Bars- 1 bowl and 5 minutes is all you'll need to whip up these healthy, delicious bars- #vegan #glutenfree #highprotein and no oven required!


With the flavour explosion of coconut and cashew, it ALMOST gives the peanut butter and chocolate combination a run for it’s money….key word- ALMOST.

The use of cashew butter and cashew nuts really exemplifies the natural buttery flavour. Add the coconut oil AND shredded coconut- it’s a double whammy!If you don’t have rice syrup on hand, substitute it for another sticky sweetener like honey or maple syrup. The protein powder is optional, but ensure if you use it, it is vanilla or very mild/neutral tasting!

For a chap without a food processor- Damn, these bars are good.

I will, however, be still on a quest to get this damn food processor.

No Bake Cashew Coconut Protein Bars

 Healthy {Protein Packed} No Bake Cashew Coconut Snack Bars- A healthy, delicious, no bake protein bar which uses 1 bowl and takes 5 minutes- No food processor necessary! Perfect for on the go snacking and suitable for those following a gluten free, dairy free or vegan diet! @thebigmansworld

No Bake Cashew Coconut Protein Bars

5 from 1 vote
A delicious, no bake protein bar which is full of healthy ingredients- complimented by cashew and coconuts. Ready in under 10 minutes!
Servings: 10


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats ground to a flour
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oat bran
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup can sub for honey or other sticky sweetener if not strict vegan
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup cashews chopped finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 scoop of vanilla or neutral flavoured protein powder optional


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, oat bran, shredded coconut, protein powder (if using it), chopped cashews and sea salt.
  • In a small saucepan (or in a microwave safe bowl), slowly heat the cashew butter, coconut oil and brown rice syrup until fully incorporated and just starting to bubble.
  • Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and combine until fully combined.
  • Line a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with baking paper. Pour mixture into it and using your hands, press firmly to cover the entire pan equally. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and once set, remove from the pan and cut into 10 bars.


These bars are firm enough to be kept outside the refrigerator, but if you enjoy a more firm bar, keep them refrigerated and thaw briefly before eating.
Author: Arman
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

No Bake Cashew Coconut Protein Bars- 1 bowl and 5 minutes is all you'll need to whip up these healthy, delicious bars- #vegan #glutenfree #highprotein and no oven required!

Now go make these and you cannot use the excuse I use for every recipe out there- that you are food processor-less.

Do you have a food processor?

Have you ever tried the coconut/cashew combination?

Ever tried to recreate one of your favourite snack bars? 

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I don’t have a food processor either and it really sucks. I want to make my own nut butter like everyone else does!! And those raw bites that ate posted everywhere on the web.
    Btw, Great recipe! I Recently made something similar, the bar basically consisted of ground almonds, coconut oil, shredded coconut, protein powder and chocolate chips (no oats for low carb version, you know 😉 ) they were divine eaten straight from the freezer. You should really make these with chocolate chips!!

    1. They sound delicious- see, we can do magic without a food processor! I was going to add some dark chocolate shreds, but thought it would detract from the cashew butter which is quite mild!

  2. These sound like the “Jay Robb” cashew coconut protein bars but way better. I’m excited to give them a try I just need to grab some protein powder.

    I went on a kick where I kept trying to recreate my favorite Larabars. I quit when I realized making them wasn’t any cheaper because of the price of the dates I was buying.

    My food processor was a cheapo from Wal-Mart and it was worked like a charm for years (knock on wood)!

    1. Thank you! LOL, I can so relate to that- by the time I added up the time spent and the money of the damn nuts, it was barely any savings! I wish we had a wal-mart here! oh Australia.

  3. These sound so good! I’m currently obsessed with raw cashews and coconut has always been a favorite. These would be great for an afternoon snack at work, especially if they stay good room temperature. I love my food processor, pesto is one of my all time favorites and it’s so much cheaper to make your own.

    1. I can’t wait to make pesto when I eventually get a food processor! That was my one big caveat- they HAD to stay good at room temperature!

  4. these sound delightful 🙂 i don’t have a food processor yet either, but my not-at-all-high-tech blender has gotten me through. it does a decent job. i am right there with you in wanting one though.

    1. Urgh, I left my blender at home with my mum…but then again, it was pretty butchered thanks to the ice and smoothie making!

  5. I need to try cashew butter! I’m pretty sure I’m missing out on something really amazing! I like eating whole cashews so I’m certain I would love cashew butter.

    You need to buy a food processor! I bought a mini one off of Amazon last year and love it!

    1. Ohh you need to try it, Polly- the only thing is, it’s milder than the actual nut- so eat it alone haha!

      I wish Amazon was big in Australia- oh fail.

  6. Holly yum! I just bought cashew meal at Trader Joe’s last weekend. These look so good. I need to try these. Unfortunately every time I attempt to make no bake bars, they crumble apart.

    1. Cashew meal?! wow you guys have everything in America! I think the key is enough sticky sweetener- try brown rice syrup- it’s way more sticky than honey!

  7. How about, I don’t have cashew butter or cashews :p !? I need to to stop being the first commenter; it’s getting embarrassing. It’s just that I’ve discovered you have your post up at the same time I do a quick internet browse in the early AM…I am NOT stalking you however. So no getting a big head..
    Ever since I’ve killed my weak, slightly cheap food processor a while back I haven’t bothered to invest in another..sad, yes. Admittedly, energy ball recipes have been painful to come across.
    Oh have you had the cashew, coconut chocolate bar?? That, was one of my favorites for the longest time. Which reminds me…I should schedule a reunion 🙂 .

  8. You know I LOVE the cashew and coconut combination! These look great Arman, you are right about the coconut oil – it is the NUTS. I think the coconut oil makes my cashew coconut oat balls too! I want a more powerful food processor but there is no point buying a new one with future plans… 😉

    1. I definitely thought of you with all the cashew-ness in these! My mum has the best food processor but it’s ancient and takes like 3 hours to make a tiny thing of almond butter. She won’t replace it though….

  9. How perfect – I was looking for a no-bake protein bar yesterday and what do I wake up to? Yay. And it’s free-from food processor! (I can’t trust myself with those anymore. Too many broken memories…)

    1. Don’t even get me started on broken utensil memories…my poor poor blender. Damn Xantham gum and ice.

  10. I tried the coconut cashew combo in the birthday cake nut butter I made… I love it! It makes everything sweet. I would cry without my food processor, honestly. Its been so important to my life.

    1. It does make everything quite (naturally) sweet- Cry a river so it can float to Australia.

      Lol, I’m actually lol’ing right now.

    1. LOL!!!! Lucie, when I got the damn coffee machine from America which I lucie’d, I then looked up ways to make it work and the Australian one will give you a run for it’s money…

  11. You had me at coconut…YUM! These sounds fabulous, Arman! Tell me something- is the coconut/cashew combo as divine as coconut with chocolate?? You know I wasn’t too successful with my last granola bar attempt but you’re making me want to give it another shot…and worst case, I’ll be well stocked with Cashew Coconut Balls ;)!

    1. Coconut and cashew is more balanced than coconut and chocolate- because cashew is more mild than chocolate- I often find with the latter combination you need ALOT of coconut to taste it!

  12. Oh dang, these look GOOD. Wow. Just…wow. Three huzzahs for Arman!!
    Being a spoiled little child, I get to use my mom’s food processor, and it is probably one of my favorite things ever. Best thing it makes— peanut butter banana soft serve.

    1. Three Huzzahs? Why not 2000?

      You seriously give me homemade ‘faux’ ice cream envy whenever you mention that.

  13. These sound so good! Cashews are my favorite nut, and paired with coconut? Total win!