These peanut butter trail mix bars are a no-bake, easy treat to enjoy for a filling snack or healthy dessert! They won’t last long because everyone will love them.

No Bake Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars -Daisybeet

Your new favorite homemade snack recipe

I kid you not, guys. These peanut butter trail mix bars are the absolute BEST thing to eat when the inevitable 3PM slump hits. You know the feeling – a little bit hungry, a little bit tired, and a lotta bit need a 10 minute break from working.

These bars will satisfy pretty much all your snack cravings at once! They’re hearty, chewy, salty, sweet, chocolatey, and peanut butter-y. And even though they taste decadent, they’re full of good-for-you ingredients. A perfect snack contains fiber + protein and/or healthy fat, and these bars have it all:

  • Fiber comes from oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
  • Protein and healthy fats come from peanut butter, nuts, seeds, and flax meal
  • Naturally sweetened with just maple syrup
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What’s in these no bake peanut butter trail mix bars?

  • Oats: The chewy base of these bars, you’ll need old fashioned rolled oats to make this recipe. Oats provide whole grain nutrition, including soluble fiber and B vitamins.
  • Peanut butter: Peanut butter is the glue that holds my life together…and also holds these bars together. I used creamy natural peanut butter, which works best because it is runny.
  • Walnuts: I love walnuts for their taste, texture, and high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. I haven’t tried this recipe with other nuts, but I believe you can sub whatever you have on hand just fine.
  • Flax meal: Flax seeds are another great plant-based source of omega-3s. But we can’t digest whole flax seeds, so it’s important to use flax meal or ground flax in your cooking.
  • Pepitas: These green hued seeds are a good source of plant based protein, magnesium, and iron.
  • Dried cranberries: I love the sweet/tart flavor of dried cranberries in these bars, but feel free to use raisins, dried cherries, or chopped dried apricots instead.
  • Maple syrup: This is my favorite liquid sweetener to use in my recipes. You could use honey (not vegan) or agave for similar results.
  • Dark chocolate chips: Because chocolate chips are the the best part of any trail mix!
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
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How to make this recipe

  • Pulse walnuts + half of the oats, pepitas, cranberries, and flax in a food processor to break them down a bit.
  • Combine peanut butter and maple syrup in a bowl and stir.
  • Mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl, including ingredients you pulsed in the food processor.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into dry, and mix very well.
  • Press ingredients into a parchment paper lined baking pan, then refrigerate to set.
  • Cut into squares, then drizzle with melted chocolate if desired. They are delicious either way!
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No Bake Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

These peanut butter trail mix bars are a no-bake, easy treat to enjoy for a filling snack or healthy dessert! They won’t last long because everyone will love them.

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour fridge time
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: snack
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp flax meal
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips + an additional 1/3 cup for melting and drizzling, if desired
  • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine walnuts, half the oats, half the pepitas, half the cranberries, and flax meal in a food processor. Pulse for about 1 minute to break down the ingredients so they are a bit crumbly.
  3. Combine the processed mix with the rest of the dry ingredients, salt, cinnamon, and chocolate chips in a mixing bowl. Stir together.
  4. Gently mix together peanut butter and maple syrup.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and thoroughly mix together.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet. Use your hands or a rubber spatula to firmly press the mixture into the pan in an even layer.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set. 
  8. Cut into 16 squares. 
  9. If making chocolate drizzle, melt chocolate chips in a microwave or using a double boiler. Use a spoon to drizzle over each square.

Notes

  • Can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge.

Keywords: trail mix bars, peanut butter trail mix bars, vegan, gluten free

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