Trail Mix Bars

I cannot possibly express in writing how good these trail mix bars are. But I will try and do my best because I want everyone else to experience them and love them just as much as I do!

So let me just first say that this recipe has peanut butter in it. Whenever I say that, most people come running, or at least run to the store to get the rest of the ingredients to make the peanut butter recipe.

And not only do they have peanut butter, but they have loads of nuts and seeds, oats, dried cranberries and/or dark chocolate, dates and a dab of honey and coconut oil to bring it all together.

Once they’re refrigerated, you slice them up into bars and thoroughly enjoy them. And while they’re the perfect pre- or post-workout snack and can easily be packed in a lunch bag, I do suggest keeping them in the refrigerator as much as possible, as they can get a bit messy at room temperature (but are totally worth it).

And while the pure deliciousness is the main draw to making these trail mix bars, the other major perk is that they’re packed with fiber, heart-healthy fats and a bit of protein – all of the things that make for a fabulous snack. The fiber helps keep things in your digestive tract moving along nicely, the mono- and polyunsaturated fats and fiber help lower cholesterol or keep cholesterol at a healthy level, and the protein and fats keep you full in between meals.

And if you have a chocolate tooth, I recommend stirring in those mini dark chocolate chips. Not only are they scrumptious, but they provide a boost of antioxidants!

Now, let’s get snacking!

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Trail Mix Bars

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 16 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-Cook

Description

Easy homemade trail mix bars with peanut butter, nuts, seeds and fruit (or chocolate)!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup nut butter
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • ½ cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup chopped shelled pistachios
  • ½ cup pitted dates, chopped
  • ¼ cup unsweetened dried cranberries or dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Line an 8-inch baking dish with extra-large piece of parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place the nut butter, honey and coconut oil in a microwaveable glass bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, pistachios, dates, dried cranberries or chocolate chips and salt and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into a firm, even layer. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until form.
  5. Lift the bars out of the baking dish using the sides of the parchment paper and place on a cutting board. Cut into 16 bars.
  6. Store in an airtight container or a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Notes

Substitution Tip: Use almond butter instead of peanut butter, if desired. Use any combination of chopped nuts.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/16 of recipe
  • Calories: 204
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 88mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 14g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: trail mix bars, bars, trail mix, snack

11 Comments

  1. Leah on September 24, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    These look amazing! My husband is a diabetic with late-night snack cravings. I think one of these bars would help satisfy the sweet/salty/crunch factor quite nicely!

    • Julie Andrews on September 25, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you, Leah! They definitely satisfy all those things, so I hope he (and you) really love them. They’re certainly balanced with fat, carbs and protein. 🙂

  2. Eric on October 2, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    The Trail Mix Bars look delicious. I’m wondering if you might offer a substitute for the ½ cup pitted dates, chopped. Peanut butter will make the worst tasting foods acceptable, but I am not a date fan! 🙂
    Thank you.

    • Julie Andrews on October 3, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Thanks, Eric! I’d say try chopped raisins – you want something with that same texture that will help hold the bars together. Hopefully that answers your question (and I agree about peanut butter…). 🙂

      • Karen on October 17, 2019 at 5:02 pm

        Try chopped Apricots.

  3. JENNIFER HAUGEN on October 14, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I have heard that coconut oil is good for your skin but terrible for your insides. Is Canola oil any better?

    • Julie Andrews on October 14, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Coconut oil isn’t my first choice for an everyday cooking oil. I used it in this recipe because it is solid at room temperature so it holds the bars together. A standard vegetable oil that is liquid at room temperature wouldn’t work for this recipe. I only use coconut oil for stuff like this (and granola). As an everyday oil I don’t recommend it because it’s mostly saturated fat (also the reason why it solidifies!) – a little saturated fat in the diet is okay, we just don’t want to overdo it. I opt for avocado or olive oil for everyday cooking because they’re rich in monounsaturated fats. I hope that answers your question!

  4. rose rafanelli on October 16, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    could try dried figs too process in food processor and they will bind

    • Julie Andrews on October 16, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Great idea, Rose! Figs should work.

  5. Sharon on October 18, 2019 at 6:27 am

    I’ve noticed many of the “healthier” recipes are high in fat grams. This doesn’t seem to work with the struggle to keep my weight in a healthy range.

    • Julie Andrews on October 18, 2019 at 8:48 am

      Hi Sharon! This is an important topic, so thanks for bringing it up! Heart-healthy fats are essential for good health and can even support weight loss and healthy weight maintenance. The reason this specific recipe is high in fat is because of the nut butter and nuts and the coconut oil that holds the bars together. Nuts and nut butters are high in fat, but healthy fat. I cut the recipe into 16 portions so the trail mix bars are small (not too high in calories for a snack) but they’re satisfying because they’re rich in healthy fats and fiber. Nuts also have a ton of important vitamins and minerals. With higher fat foods like these, it’s just important to watch portion sizes so they fit in a healthy balanced diet overall. I hope that helps!

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