Looking for an easy Grab the Gold Bar Recipe? This one is easy to make and much cheaper!
Watch how quick and easy these post-workout bars are to make in this recipe video and then I’ll walk you through everything, step by step.
My gym sells Grab the Gold bars for about $3. I made the mistake of trying them once and loving them. I say “mistake” because they were perfectly oaty and delicious.
A friend of mine said she made a similar pan-sized recipe but that they didn’t hold as well as the original. After a few tweaks, I am happy to say that my homemade Grab the Gold Bars are just as delicious as the expensive ones!
Round bars you ask? Well yes, that’s how the original bars are shaped. I used a round biscuit cutter to shape these. Although, you can also use the rim of a glass to shape them round. For consistency’s sake, I’m a purist at heart. What can I say?
How to Make Grab the Gold Bars
Unlike other no-bake recipes, these bars are made with simple ingredients like quick oats, almond flour, peanut butter (or any no nut butter), honey, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract, and almond milk- to keep it dairy-free.
So grab your supplies, and let’s get this recipe rolling.
1. Combine the oat flour with almond meal.
If you don’t have almond flour on hand, I use this one. It’s a great flour substitute and helps keep these bars, gluten-free.
2. Create the sauce.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the peanut butter, honey, cocoa powder, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk slowly until smooth and cohesive.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and use a large spoon or your hands to combine into a thick dough.
4. Press it down
Transfer the dough into a lined 9 x 9-inch pan, cover with plastic wrap, and press down into an even layer.
Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
6. Slice and serve
Remove the bars from the refrigerator and use a biscuit cutter into even rounds. Optional- use your favorite cookie cutter to make these into different shapes.
Whatever you have leftover, you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or one month in the freezer.
Other Gluten-Free Snack Bars and Bites
If you love homemade no-bake snacks, you’re in the right place! While gluten-free storebought snacks are convenient, nothing beats homemade. They’re less expensive, and you have full control of what goes into the recipe. Here are more gluten-free snack bars and bites that are no-bake and better tasting than storebought!
- Chocolate Chip Blondies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars
- Healthy Brownie Energy Bites
- No-Bake Pumpkin Bites
- High Fiber Chocolate Bites
- 2 Ingredient Magic Cookies
But let’s get started today, with these Grab the Gold Bars!Print
Homemade Grab the Gold Bars
Easy to make homemade grab the gold bars are naturally gluten free and so good! This is the perfect post-workout snack or bar to enjoy on the go!
- Yield: 10-12 rounds
- 2 cups quick oats
- 2 cups almond flour
- ½ cup peanut butter or nut-free butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup cocoa powder, optional
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- Line a 9×9-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine quick oats and almond flour and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and almond milk. Whisk constantly until everything is melted into a cohesive mixture.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Using a large spoon, combine into a thick dough.
- Transfer dough into the lined pan, cover with plastic wrap and press down to spread into an even layer. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- With a biscuit cutter or upside-down glass, cut into round bars or simply slice into 9 squares.
- Refrigerate leftover bars for up to 5 days or wrap individually and freeze up to 1 month.
- Make this recipe nut-free by substituting the almond flour with oat flour and the peanut butter with a nut-free butter.
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 257
- Sugar: 9.7g
- Sodium: 55.1mg
- Fat: 10.1g
- Saturated Fat: 1.4g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 23.8g
- Fiber: 3.2g
- Protein: 7.3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
For my digestive issues it’s been suggested to add more dates into diet. By finally chopping in a few dates would I leave others ingredients same or cut back on honey some. Great recipe as I’m celiac and just use certified GF oats
I love the pbj ones, can you suggest how to make them like that version? Thanks so much!
Christen, swap the cocoa powder for PB2 / Peanut Butter powder. same amount. That’s it!
Hi! Can I use dairy butter instead of almond?
I made these today almost exactly as written, I didn’t have quick oats so I put my old fashion oats in food processor and pulsed it to brake them down some and they worked out great. I also rolled into balls because it was easier for me. These are husband approved I recommend this recipe. Thank you
I am excited about this recipe, as my son and I love Grab the Gold bars and they are so pricey! My favorite is the peanut butter and jelly variety. Have you tried making those? Do you think omitting the chocolate and adding chopped Craisins? Would love your thoughts.
Ok so I messed up and totally didn’t look at these comments before starting and I used Coconut flour! I knew they seemed quite dry so I added some melted butter…but it was still dry. To be sure I continued with the steps and put it in the fridge…but super dry…is there a way to revive it or should I cut my losses and start fresh?
Unfortunately, this recipe does not call for coconut flour at all. Coconut flour is 10x more absorbent and should not be used 1:1 in any recipe as a substitute. I am not sure how to save the recipe at this point.
These were so easy to make and I love having a healthy grab and go option for my kids. They felt they were too “chocolatey” (I don’t understand that concept!). Have you tried these without the cocoa powder? Do I need to add more flour to compensate? Thanks!
I have made these by swapping out the cocoa powder for the same amount of peanut butter powder and vanilla protein powder (either/or not both). I’m team “give me all the chocolate…”
Can I use coconut flour instead of almond flour
I don’t suggest swapping coconut flour for almond flour since it’s highly absorbent and will affect the other ingredient amounts needed for the recipe.
Thank you for these recipes! I made these this morning. They are very tasty and I’m enjoying them. It’s almost like a brownie. What I’ve found with the whole foods desserts is that they are very moist and heavy. Do you have any suggestions for getting them to be a little drier?
Hi Nutch, thank you for trying my recipe and I”m glad you enjoyed it. If it’s too “moist” for you, add an additional tablespoon or two of almond flour -just not so much that the mixture crumbles. I hope this helps!
Can you add chocolate chips to this recipe?
You can absolutely add chocolate chips. Enjoy!
Can this be made with regular milk and flour?
This will work with dairy milk, yes. Regular flour will taste raw. I don’t recommend it.
Is there any way to make this recipe as sugar free as possible
You can try using banana instead of the honey/maple syrup or a keto liquid replacement.
These sound perfect! Do you think coconut milk would work instead of the almond milk?
You can definitely use coconut milk instead of almond milk. Enjoy!
Just made this – added walnuts, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. Now into the fridge. Can’t wait to try it!
Thank you so much for sharing! I’m obsessed with these and love having them as a snack before I workout.
Can you substitute honey for maple syrup ?
Absolutely, that will work! Enjoy.
Can I use 1/2 coconut flour, half almond flour?
Hi Nancy, unfortunately, this recipe cannot be made with coconut flour at all.
I think you either have to halve the dry ingredients or double the wet to make this work. We made the recipe as is and it really didn’t come together well. Added another round of the wet ingredients and then things looked as they should. Tasty though
Sorry this didn’t work out for you the first round, Jeff!
What can I sub for almond flour? We have a nut allergy
You can use more oat flour, same amount.
I’ve had this recipe for awhile, and kept forgetting to make it, but now I’m obsessed. I made mine with almond butter, and they are so tasty.