No-Bake Trail Mix Bars


Trail mix is a mixture of grains, dried fruit, nuts, and other snack foods. It is usually taken along on hikes because it is lightweight, easy to store, nutritious, and provides a quick energy boost from its ingredients.

Common trail mix ingredients are:

  • Nuts such as almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc.
  • Legumes such as roasted peanuts, baked soybeans, dried fava beans, dried green peas, etc.
  • Dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, apricots, apples, etc.
  • or candied orange peel or other candied fruits
  • Chocolate chips or chunks, M&M’s, etc.
  • Breakfast cereals such as granola, rice crispies, etc.
  • Pretzels
  • Seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
  • Shredded coconut

In this article, we will share with you a no-bake trail mix bars which you can do at home. Not only are they no-bake but they’re also naturally sweetened to give a chewy bar. What is even beautiful with this recipe is that you can customize this to make a wide variety of combinations based on your own personal preferences.

Trail mix

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups trail mix or a combination of your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil

You may use any combination of dried nuts such as almonds, cashews, pistachios, peanuts, etc. Chop the nuts first and then measure out 1⅓ cups.

For the remaining ⅔ cup of chopped dried fruit, you may use any combination of dried fruits like raisins, strawberries, cranberries, etc. Chop the dried fruits you choose and then measure out ⅔ cup. In this recipe, we are using dried strawberries and raisins.

Procedure:

  • Line an 8″ x 8″ square baking pan with parchment paper. Allow a few extra inches of paper to hang over the two ends for you to hold on to later (about 4″ on each end).
  • In a medium bowl, combine your trail mix and rolled oats.
  • In a small saucepan, combine honey and coconut oil over medium heat. Stir until the mixture melts and begins to foam. Continue to cook for an additional 10-15 seconds after mixture foams.
  • Pour the coconut oil-honey mixture over the trail mix and combine thoroughly.
  • Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking pan and firmly press the mixture into a uniform thickness.
  • Use the remaining ends of parchment paper to cover the mixture and continue to firmly press.
  • Allow mixture to cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 hours. Don’t freeze.
  • Once cooled, remove from the pan and slice with a sharp knife into the desired size.
dried fruit & nut bar

Final Thoughts

This no-bake recipe is less expensive to make than buying a branded fruit & nut bar at the grocery store. So go ahead and try making this recipe. This could be a good addition to your kid’s lunchbox or your perfect snack bar any time you need an energy boost.

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