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.
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.
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.
If you have a jumble of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit laying around, then this recipe is for you.
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.
You can use any plant-based vanilla protein powder to make these bars, but don’t forget the sprinkles!
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.
Can’t do oats or nuts? No problem! These cereal bars use seeds and dried fruit for flavor.
These antioxidant-packed bars are a blend of nuts, dried cherries, and goji berries.
These three layer bars are simple, wholesome, and paleo-friendly.
These soft, chewy bars are infused with hazelnut butter and chocolate for a Nutella-like flavor without milk.
You can change up the flavor, if you wish, but these chewy lemon bars are zesty, sweet, and delicious as is.
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.
These are dense, rich, homemade Larabars. Okay, my version might be more indulgent than the store-bought ones, but they’re just as nutritious.
This baseline cereal bar recipe is easy to customize and a great option for kids.
If you like sesame seeds, then you are going to love these healthy bars.
I use Uncle Sam cereal to make these delicious bars, but you can make them gluten-free instead.
Popcorn in snack bars? Why not?! You can even use leftover air-popped popcorn to make this recipe.
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.
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.