Foodie Friday: Crunchy Coconut Chia Cashew Energy Bars

Crunchy Coconut Chia Cashew Energy Bars {Gluten Free, Vegan}

Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Cassandra from Powered by BLING to create awesome healthy recipes each week!  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well! 

This week we are linking up to share how to get creative in the kitchen with some coconut! The first thing that came to mind was the combo of cashews and coconut…can you tell I’m on a cashew kick lately? Then I thought maybe I should just throw in some chia seeds for good measure, make ’em crunchy and really go all out with an alliterative title! :) 

While I choose to bake these, they can also be chilled and served chewy (<— see what I did there? I’m on a roll!).  Anywho, whichever way you choose to make them I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed. 

Crunch Coconut Chia Cashew Energy Bars Crunch Coconut Chia Cashew Energy Bars




  • 1/2 cup crunchy cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut + extra for topping
  • 1/2 cup white chia seeds
  • 1/4 brown rice syrup
  • 1 3/4 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cashew butter, coconut, chia seeds (and protein powder, if using) together in a bowl.
  3. Mix in oats, then add in warmed (10 secs or so in microwave) rice syrup. 
  4. Mix in rest of wet ingredients. 
  5. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper and press mixture down firmly. 
  6. Top with rest of shredded coconut. 
  7. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes (don’t over bake or it will become too hard, I over baked mine a bit-OOPS!)
  8. Remove and let cool. 
  9. Alternatively, refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 
  10. ENJOY! 
You might also like:  Sweet & Savory: Cashew Cream Cheese Two Ways

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Reply May 8, 2015

hehehe, I love the cashew kick you've been on--these look so good! I wish I weren't still on my grocery ban, because these look super super good! They'd be such a great snack to have! :]

    Reply May 8, 2015

    They are a great snack...or meal. Pretty sure I ate half the pan yesterday, haha!

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply May 8, 2015

I want one now....please!
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    Reply May 8, 2015

    Haha, sure thing! But only because you said please! :P

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply May 8, 2015

Well, I think that my love of cashew butter from last summer might have reached a legendary height, so you know that I am all over these! And with coconut... yes!
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    Reply May 8, 2015

    Yes, coconut and cashew is an AMAZING combo! :)

Reply May 8, 2015

you had me at coconut, but then cashew? even better! pinned!
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    Reply May 8, 2015

    I know, they are a match made in heaven! :) Thanks for pinning!

Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together
Reply May 8, 2015

AH I can't wait to get back to SF so I can make a pan of these... I want one right now!!
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    Reply May 8, 2015

    They are really good- I ate nearly half the pan yesterday myself! :)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply May 8, 2015

These look so tasty!
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    Reply May 8, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Smitha @ Running with SD Mom
Reply May 8, 2015

You always make the most amazing sounding stuff! Yum! I love cashews and I love coconut!
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    Reply May 8, 2015

    Thank you! :) And thank you so much for linking up and for the shoutout!!! Have a great weekend <3

Reply May 8, 2015

These look so good!! Clearly I missed the mark on coconut this week but I have a lot on my blog, maybe should just link back an old favorite... but there are so many. Cookies next week, I totally got that one! ;) Happy Foodie Friday!
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Channing C
Reply May 8, 2015

I love Coconut! I might have to try these out! I like your blog name too by the way, its very catchy :)
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    Reply May 8, 2015

    Thank you, Channing! Let me know what you think if you like them! Thanks for stopping by :)

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply May 8, 2015

Yummy, i'm not a big coconut fan, but I could probably find a substitute I think...what would you suggest?
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    Reply May 9, 2015

    Hmmm you could do a nut of sorts? Or you could do dried fruit like cranberries?

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply May 11, 2015

I seriously just need to get you and Lindsay Cotter bunkbeds in the guest bedroom and you can be my Gluten Free Goddesses and cook me fun stuff. Plan right?
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    Reply May 11, 2015

    Yes, plan for sure!!! :D

Reply May 11, 2015

Fun theme! I love anything with coconut in it ;). Sorry for the delay in reading - busy weekend leaves me playing catch-up!
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    Reply May 11, 2015

    Haha no need to apologize, it has been busy over here too ;)

Erica @ Coming Up Roses
Reply May 13, 2015

These look SO STELLAR. I'm such a fan of coconut, and I love cashews and chia seeds, so putting them all into one energy-packed bar??? I'm in!
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    Reply May 13, 2015

    Thank you!!! They were fantastic! :)

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