15 Dairy-Free Snack Bar Recipes that Travel Well


I always keep some store-bought dairy-free snack bars on hand, but I also like to make them! It’s actually quite easy and fun to make your own bars. And I like being in control of the ingredients. That said, not all recipes will travel well. Many recipes call for ingredients that won’t stay fresh at room temperature. But these dairy-free snack bar recipes can be packed along for the day, or even for the week.

15 Dairy-Free Snack Bar Recipes that Travel Well. All plant-based and can be made vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free as needed.

10 Dairy-Free Snack Bar Recipes that Travel Well

Enjoy these wonderful dairy-free snack bar recipes that can also be vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free. You can make them ahead, because they will keep for up to a week at room temperature if individually wrapped or stored in an airtight container. For longer keeping, store them frozen or at least refrigerated.

But I do have one word of warning. If you plan on carrying the bars in the heat, skip the chocolate-coatings, which can make a melty mess! You can also substitute any chocolate chunks or chips in the bars with your favorite dried berries or chopped dried fruit (or simply omit them) to avoid any chocolaty fingers when the temperatures rise.

The Best Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

This recipe is from the 2nd edition of my flagship book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. It’s one of my favorite bar recipes, and it’s cohesive! Unlike most healthy homemade bars, this one doesn’t crumble.

The Best Chewy No Bake Granola Bars Recipe - naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan with nut-free option

Homemade Chocolate Cherry Cashew “Kind” Bars

If you have a jumble of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit laying around, then this recipe is for you.

Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate & Cashew Granola Bars

Almond Joy Oat Bars

Sometimes, I pack my no-bake dairy-free snack bar recipes into muffin cups! These have an oat bar meets Almond Joy candy bar vibe.

Almond Joy Oat Bars Recipe (Soft and Chewy) - no bake, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan

Cake Batter Protein Bars

You can use any plant-based vanilla protein powder to make these bars, but don’t forget the sprinkles!

Dairy-Free Cake Batter Protein Bars Recipe - vegan, soy-free, gluten-free breakfast bars or post-workout reward

Triple Peanut Butter Cup Bars

If you’re a peanut butter lover like me, then you’ll love these bars. They contain peanut butter in the bars and in the chocolate, and they’re spiked with roasted peanuts.

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan Optional

Chewy Trail Mix Cereal Bars

Can’t do oats or nuts? No problem! These cereal bars use seeds and dried fruit for flavor.

Super-Friendly Trail Mix Cereal Bars

Raw Superfood Energy Bars

These antioxidant-packed bars are a blend of nuts, dried cherries, and goji berries.

Chocolate Cherry Goji Bars

No Bake Chocolate Pecan Crumble Bars

These three layer bars are simple, wholesome, and paleo-friendly.

chocolate pecan crumble bars

Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bars

These soft, chewy bars are infused with hazelnut butter and chocolate for a Nutella-like flavor without milk.

Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bars - so easy, so delicious! Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, optionally vegan.

Iced Lemon Cookie Granola Bars

You can change up the flavor, if you wish, but these chewy lemon bars are zesty, sweet, and delicious as is.

No-Bake Lemon Cookie Granola Bars

Low Sugar Almond Power Bars

If you’re looking for dense bars that are naturally high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats, then you’ve found your mate. The chocolate topping is completely optional. Without it, these bars have less than 1 gram of added sugars.

15 Dairy-Free Snack Bar Recipes that Travel Well. All plant-based and can be made vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free as needed.

Healthy Chocolate Fudge Bars

These are dense, rich, homemade Larabars. Okay, my version might be more indulgent than the store-bought ones, but they’re just as nutritious.

Healthy Chocolate Fudge Bars Recipe - dairy-free, plant-based, paleo, raw, and gluten-free. Like Homemade Larabars.

Crispy Cereal Bars

This baseline cereal bar recipe is easy to customize and a great option for kids.

Allergy-Friendly Crispy Cereal Bars Recipe (Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan) + Food Allergy Summer Camp Tips

Sesame Snack Bars

If you like sesame seeds, then you are going to love these healthy bars.

15 Dairy-Free Snack Bar Recipes that Travel Well. All plant-based and can be made vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free as needed.

Chewy Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I use Uncle Sam cereal to make these delicious bars, but you can make them gluten-free instead.

Chewy Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Recipe - plant-based, vegan, dairy-free, and made with Just 6 wholesome ingredients! Otherwise known as my Uncle Sam Cereal Bars.

Peanut Butter Popcorn Granola Bars

Popcorn in snack bars? Why not?! You can even use leftover air-popped popcorn to make this recipe.

Peanut Butter Popcorn Granola Bars Recipe

Double Date Chocolate Chip Bars

It’s not what you think. These bars use date syrup and date sugar for sweetness. If you don’t have either on hand, the recipe includes other sweetener options.

15 Dairy-Free Snack Bar Recipes that Travel Well. All plant-based and can be made vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free as needed.

Bonus: DIY “Candy Bars”

You can use smaller, chewy snack bars to make easy, satisfying “candy bars.” I use Enjoy Life Chew Bars to make these when I want something heftier.

DIY Candy Bars Recipe - easy, dairy-free, gluten-free & allergy-friendly!

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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  1. I’ve recently had my son tested for food allergies . It turns out he allergic to several foods : almonds, coconut, peas ,green beans, lumes family, barley, buckwheat, avacados, bananas , peanuts, all dairy products . Looking for some help and ideas( substitues ingredients ) for his meals also snacks.

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