Chewy Strawberry Lemon Energy Bars {Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free}

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 8 mins
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x


Chewy, easy-to-make energy bars, bursting with two favorite flavors of summer: strawberry and lemon. They are no-bake, as well as naturally nut-free, gluten-free and vegan.



  • 2 and 3/4 cups puffed millet
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup smooth sunflower seed butter
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup crumbled freeze-dried strawberries


  1. Lightly spray or grease a 9-inch baking pan; line with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the millet and optional chia seeds in a large bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the sunflower seed butter, brown rice syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice and salt, stirring until melted and beginning to bubble. Cook and stir for 1 minute longer. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest.
  4. Working quickly, pour sunflower seed mixture over millet; stir to partially combine. Sprinkle in strawberries and stir until mixture is well coated and combined.
  5. Scrape mixture into prepared pan, firmly tamping down until even (I use the bottom of another small pan to do this). Cool completely and then refrigerate until firm.
  6. Use the parment liner to remove the firm slab to a cutting board and cut into bars.


Storage: Store the cooled bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Tip: An equal amount of smooth nut putter or tahini can be used in place of the sunflower seed butter.

  • Category: Snack, Energy Bar


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 154
  • Sugar: 7.4 g
  • Sodium: 103.9 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.1 g
  • Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g