I saw a few recipes for homemade trail mix granola bars, and to be honest I was not impressed. Although they are “healthier” than store-bought because there were no added preservatives or artificial flavorings, I noticed that a lot of homemade granola bar recipes had a TON of added oil and sweetener. If you know anything about me, I am not a fan of adding unnecessary oils to my recipes (check out some of these oil-free recipes). It jacks up the fat content tremendously, which really leads to quite an unhealthy snack.
So why are these trail mix granola bars healthier than other recipes?
Trail Mix: Ah yes, the star of this recipe! Using premade trail mix is so much easier and more convenient than having to gather and use all different kinds of nuts, seeds, and fruits. But, you can definitely do that as well! I used a premade trail mix full of nuts, juicy dried raisins, cranberries, and dark chocolate chunks!
Nut/Seed Butter: Since trail mix is already pretty calorie packed, I used the least amount of nut butter possible to achieve a lower calorie granola bar than most. You only need ¼ cup of any nut or seed butter you prefer in this recipe! I used a chocolate nut/seed butter to make these bars extra chocolatey!
Flax Egg: Exactly like my No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars, instead of oil, we use a flax egg and a few other secret ingredients to help these trail mix granola bars hold together perfectly. Unlike oil, flax is loaded with fiber, and low in calories! Flax eggs are also completely vegan and gluten-free!
Honey: Even though natural sweeteners are so much better for you than processed white sugar, natural sweeteners are still “sugar” and break down as carbs in your body. Instead of using a gallon of honey like most recipes call for (I’m being a bit dramatic), our recipe only uses ½ Tbs honey or maple syrup.
Collagen (Optional): I love adding collagen to everything because it is flavorless and doesn’t change the texture of things! Except for when you add it to cookies, like my Collagen S’mores Cookies, or my Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet, it makes them extra chewy which is a bonus!
How To Make Trail Mix Granola Bars
These chocolate trail mix granola bars really couldn’t get any easier. You don’t even need to turn on the oven to make them! Simply, add all ingredients to a medium bowl then mix it up! Transfer granola bar mixture to a parchment lined tray and freezer for 15-30 minutes. That’s it!
Trail Mix Protein Bars Recipe
I added collagen to my trail mix granola bars for some added protein! Feel free to omit this ingredient or try using another protein powder if you’d like! Get creative!
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¼ Cup Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Chips + ½ tsp Refined Coconut Oil (Ghee or Grass-Fed Butter) Melt using double boiler or in microwave in 20 second intervals.
1. Line a medium dish or cookie sheet with parchment paper (dish size isn’t that important since we don’t bake the bars).
2. In a medium bowl mix together all ingredients until well combined.
3. Pour granola bar mixture onto parchment lined dish and use fingers to press into a rectangle or square. Make the bars about ½ inch in thickness.
4. Drizzle on melted chocolate and place bars in freezer for 15-30 minutes or until hardened and set.
5. Remove from freezer, cut into bars and enjoy! (Mine made about 10 bars) Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up 5 days, or in freezer for up to 3 months.
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