These healthy homemade no-bake trail mix bars are an easy, nutritious snack or breakfast perfect for on-the-go. Made with oats, peanut butter, and chia seeds, they are sure to satisfy any eater’s cravings and keep you full!
I LOVE these trail mix bars, y’all. They are probably my favorite recipe that I’ve made so far. Not only are they delicious, but they are jam-packed with healthy nuts, seeds, fiber, and protein. There’s really nothing NOT to love about these. If you have 30 minutes over the weekend, then you can have a whole week of homemade healthy and delicious snacks or breakfasts!
No-Bake Trail Mix Bar Substitution Ideas
These no-bake trail mix bars are very forgiving, so it’s easy to play around with the ingredients if you want to get creative and try different flavor combinations (which I always encourage!).
For this recipe, I used a few of my favorite flavor combos:
pumpkin seeds + chia seeds
dried cranberries + dark chocolate
puffed rice cereal + honey
oats + peanut butter
Here’s some ideas to help you mix things up:
+ swap out the pumpkin seeds for almonds, walnuts, or cashews
+use all chia seeds or all flax seeds instead of half and half, or swap them out for hemp seeds
+swap the honey for maple syrup to make this recipe vegan or for a different flavor profile
+exchange the peanut butter for almond butter or cashew butter
+instead of dried cranberries, try another dried fruit such as blueberries, raisins, or dates
The possibilities are truly endless, so get creative!
I’d love to know what you guys think of this recipe if you make it. Be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @shavonnemorrison, or post it here in the comments section! Especially if you make some modifications, I’d love to see all the ways you guys get creative with this yummy recipe!
Healthy No-Bake Trail Mix Bars
- 8×8 baking dish
- parchment paper (wax paper or foil works, too)
- medium bowl
- Spoon or spatula
- Measuring cups & spoons
- 1/3 c honey I prefer raw local honey; you can use maple syrup to make this vegan!
- 1/3 c peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1¼ c old-fashioned oats gluten-free, if preferred
- 1/3 c puffed brown rice cereal
- 1/2 c dark chocolate chips dairy-free, if preferred
- 1/4 c dried cranberries, no sugar added
- 1/4 c raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp flax seeds, ground or whole
- ¼ tsp salt
- Microwave: In a microwave safe bowl, combine the peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 15-20 seconds at a time until melted. Stir gently until just combined. Add vanilla, stir and set aside.Stovetop: In a saucepan, combine peanut butter and honey on med-low heat, stirring constantly until just combined. Add vanilla, stir and set aside.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add peanut butter-honey mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. The mixture will be sticky but should be easy to handle.
- Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the contents of the bowl into the dish and flatten with your fingers or the back of a spoon. Sometimes it helps to wet your hands just slightly first to prevent the ingredients from sticking to your hands too much!
- Place the bars into the freezer to set for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Cut the bars into 8 rectangles. They will start to become softer the warmer they get, so the best way to eat them is to take them out of the fridge or freezer and let them sit for about five minutes before digging in!
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months!
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