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No-Bake Tahini Protein Bars {Vegan, Nut-Free, GF}

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 bars 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Quick & easy, no-bake tahini protein bars (13+ grams protein per bar), with two Middle Eastern flavor twists: orange & cardamom. They are vegan, gluten-free & nut-free.



  • 2/3 cup (about 67 g) vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup tahini (well-stirred before measuring)
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats, ground into a fine flour
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Water (as needed)


  1. Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the protein powder, tahini, oats, maple syrup, orange zest, orangeĀ  juice and cardamom, adding a few drops of water, as needed. Stir until the mixture is a stiff dough.
  3. Gather the dough together and evenly press into the prepared pan. Place another piece of parchment or wax paper onto surface of dough; firmly tamp down with your hand, a second loaf pan or a measuring cup.
  4. Refrigerate for about 1 hour (to firm up) before removing from pan and cutting into 6 bars.


Storage: Store the bars, wrapped (e.g., parchment paper, plastic wrap, wax paper) in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 6 months. The bars will keep at room temperature (lunches, workouts, camping) for several days, but will become softer the longer they are left out (and the warmer the temperature).

Sweetener: If you are not strictly vegan, honey is delicious and flavorful option in place of maple syrup.

Variation: Add up to 1 tablespoon of finely grated lemon or lime zest to the dough, along with the cardamom.

  • Category: Protein Bar, Power Bar, Snack
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 23.9 mg
  • Fat: 11.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.3 g
  • Fiber: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 13.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: tahini protein bars, nu-free protein bars, vegan nut-free gluten-free protein bars, no-bake, energy bars, high protein, vegan protein powder

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