These trail mix bars are great for athletes on the go, as a pre or post workout snack. Made with oats, maple syrup, peanut butter and nuts, raisins, and hemp seeds, these wholesome vegan trail mix bars are easy make ahead snacks!
We love having meal prep snacks on hand for the week, and these trail mix granola bars are just that. Snacks are often something many of my clients forget about.
Snacks are so important because if you don’t have healthy options on hand, or prepped and ready to go, you’re more likely to skip them altogether or choose something unfulfilling, like a bag of chips.
There’s nothing wrong with a bag of chips, but if you’re looking for sustained energy and more nutrients, these healthy cereal bars are worth your while. Especially if you’re planning for food to take on a road trip.
What makes these trail mix granola bars different is the fact that you can HOLD them. Having them be handheld is great to reduce the mess of a salty trail mix, but also you’re able to eat trail mix bars in the car, at your desk, etc.
My next point of recipe testing is to make these into vegan trail mix cookies because I think they’d fair just fine.
Stir in your maple syrup (or honey) and allow to cool slightly.
Mix in the dry ingredients to the peanut butter and maple syrup.
Pour mixture over pan lined with parchment paper and pop in the freezer
Important Notes About These Trail Bars
These peanut butter cheerio bars with nuts and seeds are best out of the freezer in my opinion. You can enjoy them cold – they stay together well, and they aren’t too cold to hurt your teeth when you bite into them.
This also helps make them great for after a workout, when you need calories and energy (and something cold to cool you down), but don’t necessarily have a huge appetite. We love athlete snacks!
I used quick cooking oats and did not test with old fashioned. You may need a higher proportion of syrup or peanut butter if you use old fashioned oats.
I just chopped my almonds on a cutting board for these trail mix cereal bars. You can choose to do that in a food processor, but it’s not entirely necessary – save yourself the extra clean up!
Smooth peanut butter tends to work best. If you’re using a thicker nut butter, you may need to microwave longer.
From start to finish you can make these in just over an hour, allowing time for these trail mix granola bars to set.
These are hands down one of my favorite no bake healthy snacks. No bake snacks are great for especially hot days, or days when you just don’t feel like using the oven, or maybe it’s being used for something else.
These vegan trail mix bars are great for athletes on the go, as a pre or post workout snack. Made with oats, maple syrup, peanut butter and nuts, raisins, and hemp seeds, these wholesome vegan trail mix bars are easy make ahead snacks!