No Bake Cashew Coconut Protein 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! 

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

A delicious, no bake protein bar which is full of healthy ingredients- complimented by cashew and coconuts. Ready in under 10 minutes!
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Servings: 10
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 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 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup cashews chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp 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.
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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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135 thoughts on “No Bake Cashew Coconut Protein Bars

  1. 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 🙂 .

  2. 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… 😉

  3. 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…)

  4. 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!!

  5. 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 ;)!

  6. Oh man, these look great! I bet Stefan would love them. I haven’t tried the cashew coconut combo yet (at least not as far as I know) but I am sure it’s delicious! As I have a food processor I am a huge fan of recreating your favorite bites and bars. The last thing I recreated was my no bake crunchy peanut cliff bar. Love to make them on my own. So much cheaper. And available 😉

  7. A food processor does make balls/bites a loooot easier, but they are SO expensive. I got mine for my birthday and I’m pretty sure it was like $30. it’s fine… gets the job done…but also not THE BEST. This flavor combo sounds soooooo good (insert thumbs up)

  8. This probably wouldn’t be the best time to tell you that I just whipped up a batch of balls in my lovely food processor yesterday afternoon. It was actually my first time using it and I’m in LOVE. You need one in your life! The mini ones are a little cheaper and still do a pretty amazing job 🙂 And nay to coconut and cashews… I’m sure it tastes amazing, but cashews give me the itches.

  9. 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)!

  10. i have one, but it broke. But my vitamix works! and i just got a waffle maker!! yay!! now, you need a food processor ASAP. although you are pretty darn clever with your food without it

  11. I have a mini processor that’s mostly useless. These look delicious! I don’t have any coconut or cashews on hand, but I can imagine the combo is fantastic. I’m usually too lazy to make this kind of stuff from scratch, so I live vicariously through those that do and optimistically put recipes on Pinterest instead.

  12. I’m actually thoroughly impressed you made these without a food processor! You kind of need to buy a food processor like yesterday. What happened to online shopping Arman?! But like for real, you get your money’s worth. My Mom’s food processor that would have been pricey 30 years ago when she bought it is still kicking. Don’t bother with minis, they don’t work. As I’m sure you know 😉

  13. 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.

  14. Oh yes, these sound amazing! I love cashew butter, but haven’t tried it with coconut before, but I can bet it’s super tasty! I totally need to pick up the other ingredients to make these though. They would be perfect to take to work with me! I do have a food processor, in fact, I have several, but I’m loving the fact that you don’t have to use one here – less to clean!

  15. 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.

  16. I feel ya on the expensive food processors! I asked for one for Christmas last year and my parents went with a cheap one and well it doesn’t work at all! So I guess if I want one expensive will have to do! I have been getting by with a blender though haha, hey sometimes it works!

  17. These are perfect, minus the fact that I just discovered how ridiculously sticked brown rice syrup is. I got it in bulk at Whole Foods and it takes like twenty minutes to drip out of the little honey bear! Whatevz. These are gorg and because I love them so much, I’m gonna go ahead and blend my cashews into cashew buttah for ya so I can make them stat. Weeeee!!

  18. 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!

  19. I do not have a food processor and would really love one. I eye them every time I shop at Target but money is a little tight. I do have a cheap blender but I know if I try blending something like dates or nuts it will go kaput. There are so many recipes I want to try; nut butters, pesto, bites, bars, etc.
    I appreciate a non-food processor recipe. I have tried all my life to like coconut and it just hasn’t happened. It is too bad because coconut is everywhere these days. The rest of the bar sounds tasty though. How much time do you spend creating recipes? It is pretty impressive.

    1. DON’T blend dates in a blender- those damn things broke my blade (And ironically, my mum was more upset that the Persian dates were ruined lol!).

      I’ve tried this without coconut but equal amount of dried apricots if you like that! I recipe develop over a few weekends, until it’s perfected. 🙂

  20. Coconut cashew Quest bars. Best flavour.

    Hey I actually made bars really similar to these last night! Except no syrup. Ripe banana. I used rice protein powder in them so they’re a bit chalky but I’m still going to eat them anyways. 🙂

    I have two..wait HAD two food processors. I left the big one with my ex and I took the small one. It’s just one of those tiny $40 Kitchen Aid ones. It’s great for small projects – like grinding oats, making salsa, etc. Other wise homemade nut butters get made in the Blendtec.


  21. 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.

  22. Your life will magically change when you get a food processor. For reals.

    But I’ve actually made a lot of good bars/balls that don’t require one. This one I’m sure would be included in that but alas, I will never know… unless I am somehow magically cured of my allergies. Too bad my food processor can’t work that kind of magic. 😛

  23. 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.

  24. The BF got me a blender with a food processor attachment for our anniversary this year… as if I didn’t love the man enough already 😉

    These look delicious coming from a man without a food processor, though I’ll be sure to make an offering to the kitchen gods that you are able to get your hands on one soon. I imagine once that day happens you’ll be unstoppable.

  25. I’m trying to buy a food processor as well. I only want a four-cup one though (small apartment) and am finding the cheapest ones on Amazon

  26. Did you take a look on Gumtree for a food processor? Sometimes people sell barely-used ones (especially expats or people moving overseas). You could get a Kmart cheapie to tide you over until you see one you like!

    These look awesome. I might actually make some this afternoon…but I’ll sub in some PB for the cashew butter, as I don’t have any on hand. Looks great!

  27. I am addicted to cashews. Seriously, if you hand me some, I won’t be able to stop. They are just so dang delicious! I have a baby food processor, so I kinda feel your pain! These no bake protein bars sounds mighty delicious.

  28. You better believe I have a food processor and I LOVE it to death!!!! Makes the perfect banana soft serve 🙂 Seriously you need one! Even if you buy a smaller one that is still better then nothing!

    I haven’t tried coconut and cashew together but it sounds amazing! I love them both on their own so I’m guessing they are amazin together!

  29. Coconut & cashew?? Why have I never thought of this? Also thank you for creating a processor-less free energy bar. Sometimes I just ate taking mine out and it’s kind of annoying to clean (so I need to plan around when my dad is home because I don’t like putting it in the dishwasher lol). Also making energy balls in the Vitamix overheats it so that isn’t an option. Maybe these will be my bites for next week!!!

  30. ARMANNNNNN these look so good! I was just recently introduced to the cashew coconut combo from a bar in my Kind Bar review box. The two together are delish. And I feel you on the food processor struggles. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve clicked over to a recipe and haven’t been able to make it since one of the steps involved a food processor. Boo. Luckily, one of my housemates just got a super fancy one and I get to steal it ;).

  31. Thank you for making the protein powder optional. I for one am very appreciative. 🙂

    I also love the use of cashews. Those are some good nuts right there. 😉

    Get the food processor. It will change your life. It did mine. You can use it shred potatoes and make your own hash.

  32. I don’t have a food processor either, but, unlike you, I avoid making a lot of no bake bars and bites that call for one! Dude, you have some mad skillz to come up with these!
    So – what food processor are you looking to get? I have equal numbers of people rooting for a Ninja Ultima as I do those rooting for a Cuisinart…

  33. Hi! I LOVE this recipe and your “HEALTHY NO BAKE DOUBLE CHOCOLATE FUDGE” recipe! Is it possible that I can use one photo from each post and link your recipe for my list in my upcoming blog post “Healthy and easy back to school snacks”?

    Have a great day!


  34. You’re right……Coconut-Cashew definitely challenges Chocolate-PB, but it just can’t quite beat it! I’m willing to keep testing/making recipes to see if it can catch up 🙂

  35. While these tasted awesome, mine came out really crumbly.. Any ideas? Yours looks like it has more liquid in it, but I did measure it.

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