These Peanut Butter Chocolate Trail Mix Granola Bars are made with wholesome ingredients to create homemade granola bars you feel good about eating.
Sometimes, I am totally one of those convenience moms, and I buy all sorts of packaged snacks for my kids just because it’s “easy”, but then I occasionally worry about what kind of hidden toxic ingredients are in the food I’m handing to my kids, and I have to tell myself that I can’t keep thinking ignorance is bliss. Granola bars are one of those convenient snacks we buy, but can totally make at home, super quick, and way more wholesome than the store bought versions. Plus, they are as easy to pack along as a packaged version of the same deal.
Depending on where I buy my ingredients, these can be slightly pricy, but the bulk foods at Winco works great for that! I get just what I need and nothing more, as long as I eyeball the amounts just right when I’m filling my bags, which I’m fairly good at. 😉
These granola bars are thick and the perfect combination of sweet and salty! They are oh so chewy, and completely NO BAKE! I even feel like they are more filling than the store-bought granola bars because they are chewier, heartier, and healthier!
Inspired by trail mix, these granola bars have wholesome ingredients like nuts, oats, flax, dried fruit, and even a little bit of semi-sweet chocolate. They will definitely fill your sweet tooth in a much healthier way!
Recipe added 9/10/15. Also seen on Super Healthy Kids.
- ⅔ cup whole almonds
- ⅔ cup cashew halves and pieces (or whole cashews)
- 1½ cups old fashioned oats
- ⅓ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- ⅓ cup raisins
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ½ cup honey
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra on the sides to pull the bars out of the pan. For thinner granola bars, use a 13x9-inch baking dish.
- Roughly chop the almonds and cashews, or pulse the nuts gently in a food processor or blender until medium-small pieces. Place the chopped nuts in a large bowl with the old fashioned oats, ground flax, mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and raisins. Mix together.
- In a separate microwave safe bowl, melt the peanut butter. Stir in the honey and sea salt. Allow the mixture to cool slightly (so the chocolate chips won't melt). Pour the peanut butter mixture in the bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold ingredients together with a spatula until everything is coated.
- Press mixture into the parchment lined baking dish, packing it tightly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Pull the granola slab out of the pan with the edges of the parchment paper. Cut into a minimum of 12 bars. These granola bars are best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Optionally store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 10 days.