No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites (Vegan, GF)

  Jan 8, 2018  |  #Recipes

No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites are the perfect pre-run or on-the-go snack! Full of flavor, fiber and a hint of sweetness, they are a perfect, healthy snack for kids and are gluten-free and vegan.  

Spoonful of peanut butter with no bake energy bites

Hi friends, hope you had a great weekend! I’m excited to re-share one of my favorite snack recipes with you today with these No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites.

So, one of my blog goals/resolutions is to update some of my older recipe photos. Let’s be honest – people pick food based on photos. You want it to speak to you. Some of my older photos don’t do the recipes justice. So, slowly and surely, hopefully I can re-shoot some of these recipes.

These no-bake energy bites continue to be one of my favorite snack recipes. I made a bunch this weekend. Part of me thinks I should keep making things in bulk to freeze for when baby gets here, but the other part of me knows that snacks like this don’t last for long around our house.

Even Tater would eat these if she could – I’m not certain about chia and hemp seeds for dogs, but I’ll err on the safe side and stay away. She goes to town on peanut butter, though. And eggs. Those are her two favorite people foods.

What You Need For These No Bake Bites

Just a handful of ingredients. If you don’t have hemp, chia or flax seeds, you can leave them out, or leave one out. They don’t really change the taste, but add some texture and a ton of nutrition!

Bowl of healthy peanut butter no bake bites next to napkin | Bucket List Tummy


How To Make Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites 

Anyway, here I am digressing. These are perfect for quick, on-the-go snack ideas. Or, a fun accompaniment to your salad, oatmeal or yogurt. They also pose as ideal pre and post workout snacks. They check ALL of the boxes.

Best of all, these energy bites are no bake and culminate many of my favorite ingredients. They’re almost a super food no bake recipe since we’ve got hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, oats and peanut butter in these guys.

To get started, you will need a food processor for this recipe because it does all the work for you. I recommend this one.  Especially since it broke and Kitchen Aid sent me a replacement. Pretty awesome customer service.

Just mix all the ingredients in there all at once. Who doesn’t love easy recipes like this?

Food processor with ingredients for peanut butter cherry trail mix bites | Bucket List Tummy

To make, you’ll just mix all of the ingredients together, pulse for a few minutes and you’re done! Look at all that goodness!

Making no bake energy bites in food processor

In my opinion, all lunchboxes should have one of these for every day of the week. Additionally, these would be great to have on hand when you invite the gals over for book club or for the Bachelorette. Bring out the vino and serve these for snacks.

These bites are:

  • nutrient dense
  • totally portable
  • easy to freeze for later
  • a great accompaniment to any lunch box
  • vegan and gluten-free
  • healthy snack for kids and adults alike

With only natural ingredients, these energy bites are free from all the processed stuff and hard-to-pronounce chemicals. The variety of seeds give you necessary healthy fats, including both omega-3 and omega-6’s, and are a great source of plant-based protein.

And let’s talk about the dried cherries – they are fantastic. I always have some dried fruit on hand for long runs (instant glucose), and I had this almost-gone bag of dried cherries to use (I love this brand – no added sugar or oil, cherries only). I figured they would be perfect to add a tart, yet sweet taste to these bites, and they were! It’s like a peanut butter cherry jelly mini cookie. You could also substitute these or these as well.

Finally, just make sure to allow these guys to sit in the fridge to firm them up a bit, but they can be ready in under an hour! If the mix seems too dry, you can add more honey or maple syrup if needed.

No Bake Cherry Energy Bites on cooling sheet | Bucket List Tummy

No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites (Vegan, GF)

No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites (Vegan, GF)

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites are the perfect pre-run or on-the-go snack! Full of flavor, fiber and a hint of sweetness, they are kid friendly, gluten free and vegan.


  • ¼ cup maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • ¼ cup ground flax
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup dried cherries


  1. Stir all ingredients, except the dried cherries, in a medium bowl or pulse in a food processor on low.
  2. Transfer mixture to a small to medium bowl, adding cherries.
  3. Cover and let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes to make the mixture easier to hold and handle.
  4. Form into 1” balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to a week.


*you may need to add extra honey or maple syrup if the mix seems too dry.

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These No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail mix Bites are the perfect, vegan, gluten free quick snack option for pre/post workouts and for kids

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Tell me:

What do you put seeds on? Favorite seed? I love sunflower seeds and hemp seeds! I literally put them on everything from salads to yogurt.

What’s your favorite dried fruit? I love raisins, dates and dried mango (that stuff is addicting!)



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49 responses to “No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites (Vegan, GF)

  1. Yesss what an easy, perfect way to get those extra nutrients in from my favorite super foods. I’m needing some new, healthy snackage so these will be great.
    Favourite seed is definitely sunflower and now hemp.

    1. Cora! I’ve been trying to comment on your post all day but I don’t think it’s going through?!! (If so, sorry you have a bajilion things!) I have pasted my comment to YOUR post here, because your post obviously got me all sorts of excited:

      I love bucket lists!!! Aren’t they so fun? I bet you could master the chick pea flour flatbread, especially since I’m such a fan of your sweet potato flatbread/pizza. That homemade sushi bowl sounds wonderful, I may have to add that to my list. Obviously, making my own kombucha is on there and I will be reaching out to you once I start! I’d also love to bake bread from scratch, make lots of buddha/power bowls (everything in a bowl, right?), have a sophisticated wine and cheese night (with pairings), make grilled pineapple and veggie kabobs (we need to get a grill), make some sort of watermelon/basil cocktail drink, have some real clam chowda up in Rhode Island, catch a fish and eat it, and the list goes on. I’m so excited about all of these!

  2. Oh my gosh I am obsessed with cherries at the moment so this is so right up my alley! I make little bites like this weekly for snacks and pre-workout meals, but I am always looking for new combinations! 🙂

  3. No food processor for me. Which continually makes me so sad, so it’s definitely on my things to buy list. But, think I could press these into an 8×8 & cut them into bars? After I mixed everything together in a big bowl? Even if you say no, I’ll probably try it anyways. I love that dried cherries are a little tart!

  4. Oooh. These look really good. At first I thought we were twinning – I created a new no-bake recipe using peanuts ans cranberries yesterday – but cherries might be even better. Sssh, don’t tell the cranberries ;).
    I like topping my savoury oatmeal with a mix of all kinds of seeds because it adds crunch and is just so good.

  5. omg YES, the food processor is a life saver. i dont know how i got on without one before.
    and my boyfriend is the sameeee. i have a little corner in our pantry that i camouflage with boring things, such as chia seeds and orzo. hahaha. it never fails 😉

  6. These look so good! Dates are probably my favourite dried fruit, however, once I managed to find these organic flattened pieces of dried banana and they were HEAVENLY. I just haven’t been able to find them recently!

  7. I love dried cherries! They probably are my favorite dried fruit other than apricots.
    Sunflower seeds are so good on salads with some cottage cheese.
    I agree every lunch box needs one of these.

  8. These look so tasty!! Love the addition of the cherries, you’re right, it must really add a nice sweet and tart touch.
    These type of energy Bites are my favorite! they are always sso easy to make and always taste sooooo delicious.

    1. Hi Dana! I would recommend at least refrigerating them initially to help them harden and mold, but after that, they would probably last a couple days if not refrigerated.

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