Healthy peanut butter trail mix bars…
in about an hour?
Did I also mention that there’s no baking required? #healthy
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m all about trying to eat healthier while saving time. I know its difficult to always have time to make granola bars and pack them for snacks and I must admit that I still love my Kashi granola bars…. But, when I do have a extra time, I do enjoy making my own granola bars – they are the perfect afternoon snack at work, school, if you’re just going out, or post workout. Plus, similar to any other granola bar recipe, they are completely customizable to your liking.
I found this particular recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction (original recipe). Didn’t have all the ingredients that she had used in the original recipe, so I tweaked it to my liking… as usual. I ended up adding more seeds to make it more like a trail mix/ energy bar… gotta get those monounsaturated/ polyunsaturated fatty acids in there! They turned out pretty tasty, even dad seemed to be reaching for them as an afternoon snack!
Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars
- 1 C whole almonds
- 1 and 1/2 C old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 C ground flax
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/3 C dried cranberries
- 1/2 C agave nectar
- 1 C chunky peanut butter, melted
- 1/4 C mini chocolate chips
- Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper
- In a food processor, blend the almonds for a few seconds at a time until the nuts are coarsely chopped/ chunky(not completely pulverized).
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients – oats, ground flax, almonds, seeds of your choice, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips. Mix and set aside.
- In a heat proof bowl, mix together peanut butter and agave nectar – zap together in the microwave for about 10 seconds and stir until completely combined. Pour melted peanut butter over the dry ingredients.
- Mix until everything is completely combined then transfer mixture into prepared baking pan. Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, firmly press the mixture down into the pan, until the top is completely flat and even (seriously pack it down because you’ll want it to stay together when you cut it)
- Pop the bars into the fridge for at least an hour, then invert onto a cutting board and cut into bars.