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Plant-Based Warrior Bars

Snacking can do one of a few things – nourish and fuel your body between meals, or fill it with empty calories and leave you feeling hungry shortly afterwards. Naturally, we’re fans of snacking on real food that is highly nourishing and satisfying. One of our very favorite snacks is this Warrior Bar recipe, loaded with plant-based proteins.

Recipe for Warrior Bars

This recipe is from our Fresh Start: A 21-Day Plant-Based Cleanse. It’s become a staple in our home.  We love it so much, we make a batch even when we aren’t following the cleanse!

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Most store-bought granola bars are loaded with sugar and unhealthy fats. They may taste great, but they’re essentially a candy bar based on the amount of sugar and processed ingredients.

Warrior Bars

When I started drinking green smoothies and embracing a plant-based diet, I wanted to find a better alternative to the store-bought grocery store ones. My Warrior Bars give you energy for miles and are chock-full of healthy whole grains, nuts, and seeds. I’ve naturally sweetened them with bananas and dried fruit.

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We. love. these. bars. They’re a sustaining and yummy snack that’s super portable and full of nutrition (if you have green smoothies for breakfast, then this snack is perfect for holding you over until lunch).

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My fav thing is probably how easy they are to modify based on your personal preferences. For example, I like to swap out the raisins for dried blueberries. Or swap the pepitas for extra sliced almonds.

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Interested in eating more plant-based meals to lose weight and gain energy? Check out our 21-day whole foods plant-based cleanse, Fresh Start.


Plant-Based Warrior Bars

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: snack
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: american


These delicious, wholesome Plant-Based Warrior Bars will give you the energy get stuff done while nourishing your body with plant-based protein such as good-for-you nuts and seeds. // serves 8



  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (+ 6 tbs water)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit
  • 2 cups mashed banana (super ripe)
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped)
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Grease or line 8 inch square baking dish with parchment (baking) paper.
  3. Soak chia seeds in 6 tablespoons of water for 5 minutes.
  4. Combine the chia seeds and remaining ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Press the mixture into the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until golden on top. Remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Slice into 8 bars.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Keywords: granola bars, warrior bars, plant-based

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  1. Amy

    April 13th, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Is there something I can use other than bananas? Too much banana leaves me feeling nauseous. Or will it affect the recipe if I leave the banana out?

  2. Dani Mitchell

    June 2nd, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Dang! This recipe is soooo good! At first I was like— wow, that’s a lot of ingredients… BUT in reality it tastes so good and it makes a ton of bars. I am hooked! Thanks for sharing this recipe— I think it’s time i give up store bought bars with all that extra sugar.

  3. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 3rd, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks Dani!

    So glad that you love this recipe so much! It really is delicious and my kids prefer these over store bought bars any day 🙂

  4. D.S.

    June 15th, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Super easy to make! They taste great- not too sweet. I made them while prepping veg & smoothie kits for the week. Love that they’re vegan and gluten free!

  5. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 17th, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you for your feedback!!!

  6. sheila

    August 13th, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Love this!!
    I am hooked on a coconut bar (store bought). After making these I don’t think I will ever eat any store bought again. I did my research and the sugar amount in the store bought is insane. These are really great to grab and go for busy people like me.

    Not only being a Rawkstar has given me great recipes it has also taught me to look at the junk I have been eating. Everything (it seems) on the shelves are just full of sugar. So I have learned a lot from this program. Thank you to Jen and the gang!

  7. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    August 15th, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Hey Sheila,

    Wow you comment just put the biggest smile on my face! I am so happy to hear that you are not only enjoying the benefits of eating health but you are also taking away so much more. You are truly absorbing everything and putting it to the test. That is what Rawk the Year is all about. Not only providing you with the recipes but also educating you on how important it is to fuel your body.


    August 15th, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Excellent…. easy to make. Even my husband loves them. I won’t buy store bars again! Thank you for teaching me how to make these yummy bars. I used dried pineapple in my first batch. Oh so GOOD. Can’t wait to experiment with different fruits.

  9. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    August 15th, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Dried pineapple sounds SO delicious!!!

  10. Perdita

    September 2nd, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Hi, these bars look great! Can we substitute for the banana?


  11. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 3rd, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Hey Perdita,

    You can substitute the banana for canned pumpkin or apple sauce. The canned pumpkin would be best for helping to bind it together plus with fall coming the pumpkin would be delicious!

  12. Rebekah Lara

    October 28th, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    These are one of my favorite snacks and SGS recipe! I love that I can make these with very little plastic packaging waste.

  13. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 29th, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Thanks Revekah! I couldn’t agree more with your comment!!!

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