This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Ocean Spray.
All of your favorite trail mix ingredients wrapped into one tasty snack; these Trail Mix Bars are sure to be a hit with the whole family! So simple to make, and loaded with nutrients. Pack these fun bars in your lunchbox, or for the next time you’re on the go!
Homemade bars are just way better than store bought. I am always amazed at how easily you can throw together some ingredients from your pantry into a super easy and delicious snack! These Trail Bars are no exception.
Loaded with a variety of nuts, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, dried cherries, cranberry seeds, chocolate chips, and some maple syrup to hold it altogether!
As a nutritionist who loves to feed my family healthy snacks, I also like to make sure we are using nutrient dense ingredients. Not only are these bars tasty, but they have good for you ingredients.
What are Cranberry Seeds?
Ocean Spray Cranberry Seeds are harvest from cranberries and offer an array of powerful nutritional benefits! They help support digestive health by being loaded fiber (even more fiber than chia and flax seeds!). They also support brain health by being an excellent source in Omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, and magnesium.
Cranberry seeds add a vibrant natural color to these Trail Mix bars! They have a neutral flavor, making them a versatile nutritious ingredient to add to many of your foods.
How to make Trail Mix Bars:
These simple bars couldn’t be any easier! Here is what you need:
- Blend of Nuts (I used almonds, cashews, and pecans)
- Coconut flakes
- Dried cranberries or cherries
- chocolate chips
- sunflower seeds
- cranberry seeds
- maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place parchment paper inside an 8×8 baking pan to create a sling that hangs over the sides. Give the nuts a rough chop so you have various sizes. This also helps when cutting the bars into individual pieces!
- Mix together the nuts, cranberry seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, cranberries or cherries, and coconut flakes.
- Pour the maple syrup on top and stir so everything is well coated. Press the mixture into the 8×8 pan. Be sure to press firmly over the top.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely! This could take up to an hour
- Once completely cooled remove the mixture from the pan using the sling. Slice in half, then slice each half into 5-6 bars.
Trail Mix Bars should be stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Keep in an air tight container or sealable bag.
Trail Mix Bars
- 2 cups nuts (I used almonds, pecans, and cashews)
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/3 cup dried cherries or cranberries
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp cranberry seeds
- 1/4 tsp sea salt*
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper and create a sling up the sides. Lightly spray with non-stick spray.
Give the nuts a rough chop (you can leave a some of them whole), but this will help when you eventually cut them into individual bars.
In a large bowl, mix together the nuts, coconut flakes, dried cherries, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, and cranberry seeds. If your nuts are unsalted, add in a bit of sea salt.
Pour the maple syrup over the nut and seed mixture. Stir until well combined and the maple syrup is lightly spread over all of the ingredients. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish. Firmly press down on the entire mixture with your hands or the bottom of a bowl.
Transfer to the oven and bake for 28-30 minutes. The mixture should be golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely! This could take up to an hour (do not refrigerate as this might make the bars too hard to cut).
Remove the mixture from the pan using the sling created with parchment paper. Cut in half, then cut each half into 5-6 equal bars.
*You only need a pinch of sea salt if the nuts are unsalted.