Healthy Trail Mix Bar Recipe (Homemade Granola Bar)

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Healthy trail mix bar recipe

Delicious, Healthy Granola Bar Recipe

Save some money with this healthy trail mix bar recipe! While some of the ingredients are not cheap, like the cashews, they overall cost a lot less than buying pre-made high-quality bars from the store!

Plus, these clean eating snack bars include minimally processed ingredients and are probably much better for you than other store-bought options.

Grab one of these trail mix bars from the fridge when you need a quick, healthy snack! You can store them individually wrapped in the refrigerator for up to one month.

ingredients for healthy trail mix bar

Trail Mix Bar Ingredients

I found most of the ingredients in the bulk section at a local grocery store. There were just a few ingredients that I didn’t find right away, so I improvised by toasting the pepitas myself over the stove and grinding whole flaxseeds into meal with a high-power blender. (I tried using my food processor for this and it did not work very well. Borrowing my neighbor’s Blendtec did work though!)

I also added almond butter to the mix for extra flavor and creaminess.

clean eating trail mix bar

Cooking the Trail Mix Bars

You will want to use a 9×9 pan for these bars. If you use an 8×8, the bars will be thicker and I wonder if they would fall apart easier. A 9×9 pan seems to be just the right size.

homemade trail mix bars in the pan

Substitution Ideas

I use rolled oats since they are inexpensive and I almost always have them on hand, but the sesame seeds look nice. So sometimes I just sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of the bars before packing the mixture into the pan.

If you would like these bars to be a bit less healthy (but a bit tastier too), you can substitute mini chocolate chips for some or all of the dried fruit. 😉

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Healthy trail mix bar recipe

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Healthy Snack?

These homemade trail mix bars are great for when you need a quick energy boost! I love having a bunch stocked up in my fridge for when I need them.

I’m curious whether any of you have made any customizations to this trail mix bar recipe. I’m sure there are a lot of different ingredients you could put into the bars! Let us know if you have any ideas.

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This recipe is from the cookbook Clean Eating for Busy Families, by Michelle Dudash, R.D.

Homemade trail mix bars recipe

Healthy Trail Mix Bar Recipe (Homemade Granola Bar)

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 20 min
Yield: 16 bars | Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • olive oil spray
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries or raisins
  • 1 cup toasted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats or raw sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and coat a 9x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Finely chop the cashews and dried fruit - a food processor works well for this. Then add them to a large bowl, along with the pepitas, sunflower seeds, oats or sesame seeds, flaxseed, and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, microwave the honey until warm, just a few seconds. Drizzle honey and vanilla over the seed mixture. Add the nut butter, if using, and stir to combine. Dump the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Spray a sheet of waxed paper with cooking spray, then place on top of the mixture in the pan, sprayed side down. Use your hands to gently pack down the mixture. Remove the waxed paper.
  4. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. Place a cutting board over the top of the pan, then flip it all over to transfer the bars from the pan and onto the cutting board. Cut into 16 bars.
  6. Wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap or snack bags, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Ingredients: Cashews, Honey, Oats, Olive Oil, Pumpkin Seeds, Raisins, Salt, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Vanilla Extract
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Clean Eating
Categories: Finger Food and Dips, Healthy, Oats, Oven

Comments & Reviews

  • Cindy Ley

    do you have nutritional information for these bars?

    They sound delicious!

    • Melanie

      The cookbook includes some info for 1 bar: 260 calories, 18 g fat, 10 g protein, 17 g carbohydrate, 3 g dietary fiber, 0 cholesterol. However, these numbers will vary depending on which ingredients you choose to use. So, you may be better off entering the ingredients into a recipe nutrition calculator.

  • Leah

    I use a coffee grinder to grind flax seeds and it works great. Love the recipe!

  • Laura Reeping

    I wonder if you could use coconut oil instead of nut butter? We have nut allergies, so we would skip the cashews as well… Maybe put in another dried fruit instead? Great recipe- thanks!

    • Melanie

      You can just omit the nut butter, it is not a necessary ingredient. I wonder if oats might be another good sub for the cashews. Let me know how they turn out for you! Thanks, Laura!

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