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 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.
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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. 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 😉

      1. YOU need to try it- I was inspired by the quest bar and the Nakd bar- the Nakd bar had barely any cashew flavour so it needed changing 😉

        I need to make that cliff bar….the ones they import here are $7!!!

    2. 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.

    3. 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)

      1. LOL Erin your comments are the best. Insert thumbs up. I just picture that right now.

        Make some almonds, you fake name person!

    4. I do have a food processor (go Ninja!) and it has changed my life, haha! I say that should most definitely be your next investment.

    5. 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.

      1. FIRST time using it? Geebuz. I promised Dav’s I’d buy one 3 weeks ago and they were sold out- this weekend it WILL happen.

        And no cashews? Oh spoons. I feel like when we hang out, I’ll have to wear a bubble cone around my head.

    6. I have a mini food processor that’s pretty horrible, but my Ninja blender does a pretty good job with food processing. A food processor of some sort is definitely a kitchen must 😉

      1. I can’t believe I left my blender with mum..but then again, it was in bad shape. Damn frozen fruit and ice enhanced smoothies!

    7. 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

    8. 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.

      1. Kelly. This takes 10 minutes. I will forgive you for not eating potatoes and using that time to make this.

        Actually, if I recall correctly, you can spend one of your extra days making this. 😀

      1. You’re lucky your a fan of my three favourite things so I can let this slip. 😉

    9. 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 😉

      1. I think you’ve cursed me. First the food processor, then bagels. My mum’s food processor is legendary, but it takes 3 hours to make a tiny container of almond butter…yet she still keeps it. #Margieproblems

    10. 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!

      1. Thanks, Holly! You have SEVERAL? Geeze, no wonder I can’t find it here- you’ve been hoarding them all 😉

        LOL imagine if you got gifted more at your baby shower.

    11. 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!

      1. A blender is definitely better than nothing- i once tried blending dates and I broke the blade…oops.

    12. 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!!

      1. You guys have self serve brown rice syrup? Wow, America really is the land of dreams! You put these in a food processor or blender and #24 on your wish list with me is off.

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