Recipe, Snacks

Quick and Easy Date & Nut Energy Bars

Traveling with a food allergy isn’t an easy task. If I’m leaving a familiar city, it means I need to research restaurants that can accommodate my vegetarian diet, gluten intolerance and dairy sensitivity. Luckily, there’s always some form of of gluten-free, vegan restaurants where I can eat at. But they’re not always the most affordable or the most conveniently located.

That’s why I’ve decided to start a recipe section filled with quick and easy gluten-free and vegan snacks on The Full-Time Tourist. First up are easy Date & Nut Energy Bars! Filled with healthy oils, protein and slow-releasing carbs like dates and oats, these bars are the perfect light snack for when you’re running out the door on your next adventure or running late for work.

Homeade, no-bake date and nut bars on a blue cake riser. Photo of The Full-Time Tourist's Quick and Easy Date & Nut Energy Bars (Gluten-free and vegan) on her new recipe post, 2016 © Photo by Deni Verklan.

Date & Nut Energy Bars (Vegan & GF)

Prep time                                              Cook Time                                        Yields

10 mins                                                           0 mins                                                    12


1 1/2 c. (heaped) pitted dates

1/2 c. (heaped) pistachios

1/2 c. pecans

1/4 c. hemp hearts

1/2 c. rolled oats

1/4 c. ground flaxseed

1/2 c. (heaped) peanut butter

2 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tbsp. coconut oil

Splash of coconut water


  1. Add all ingredients except peanut butter and coconut oil into large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt then add coconut oil. Add peanut butter.
  3. Mix until peanut butter coats all ingredients. Add more peanut butter if the mixture doesn’t stick together enough.
  4. Spread on half a baking sheet.
  5. Freeze for one hour.
  6. Cut into 12 bars and place into containers. Separate each bar with a small sheet of wax paper. Keep refrigerated up to 4 weeks.

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Homeade no-bake date and nut bars by The Full-Time Tourist in her recipe Quick and Easy Date & Nut Energy Bars (Gluten-free & Vegan). Date and nut bars on blue cake riser with yellow flowers in background. Photo by Deni Verklan. Recipe by The Full-Time Tourist, 2016. ©

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