Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars Recipe

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Sweet and chewy Trail Mix Bars are filled with dried fruit, whole grain oats, seeds, and even a little chocolate. These nut- and gluten-free granola bars are so easy to make. And they are an allergy-friendly snack perfect to pack in a lunch box or for trips to the park, long car rides, and to power the kids (and yourself) through busy days.

Originally published on October 7, 2014. Updated with new photos and more useful information.

Chewy Gluten Free Granola Bars

Chewy Trail Mix Bars have been satisfying my boys’ munchies lately. Sweet and chewy with just a bit of crunch, and a touch of chocolate to make them happy campers, but packed full of wholesome ingredients. They are healthy gluten free snacks that kids and parents love!

And speaking of campers, these bars have no nuts or peanuts or peanut butter, so you can pack them for camp or school, or a trip to the playground!

If you’ve got eating machines, kids with allergies, kids that require you to have a snack packed no matter where you go, or you just like to make a big batch of stuff ahead of time during your weekend meal prep, these easy granola are for you!

Table with trail mix granola bars being cut, stacked, and wrapped in parchment paper

Recipe Ingredients

As I mentioned, these trail mix bars don’t have any nut or peanut ingredients. They also do not contain eggs. So they are definitely allergy-friendly. To make them completely allergy-safe, you’ll need to read the labels on your ingredients to ensure they aren’t cross-contaminated. You can make additional substitutions if needed or preferred.

  • Old-fashioned oats: NOT quick or instant oats. Use certified gluten free oats, if needed (see my post about Are Oats Gluten Free? to learn why you need to check this).
  • Honey: You can use agave if you are making these vegan.
  • Raw seeds: I use sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas), but you can substitute with nuts if you prefer.
  • Chia seeds
  • Dried fruit. The recipe calls for a combination of dried apricots, cranberries, and raisins. Use your favorite. You’ll need to cut the dried apricots into pieces. For a quick tip, spray your knife with a little cooking spray to keep them from sticking
  • Chocolate chips. Feel free to omit, replace with white chocolate chips, or use vegan chocolate chips.
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Water

How to Make Trail Mix Bars

Preparations. Preheat oven to 325°F and line pan with parchment paper.

Make the mixture. Place all the ingredients except the water in a food processor. Pulse until combined and slightly chopped. Add the water and pulse until thoroughly mixed.

Bake the bars. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and press down firmly with a spatula. Packing it in tightly is important to make bars that hold together. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm, but still chewy and slightly moist on the bottom.

Cool and cut. Transfer pan to a rack to cool completely. Cut into bars about 1 inch wide and 3 to 4 inches long.

Three Nut-Free Trail Mix Bars on a cutting board

Storing Granola Bars

Place the trail mix granola bars in an airtight container or in plastic storage bags.

These bars can be kept at room temperature for a short time. Bt since they are moist, keep them in the refrigerator to prevent them from getting moldy too quickly. They will last for about a week.

Can you freeze granola bars?

If you want to stock up on nut free and gluten free snacks, since this recipe makes about 30 granola bars, you can definitely store some in the freezer. I like to wrap several together in plastic wrap. Then place them all in an airtight container before freezing. This will prevent moisture from collecting on the bars when you open the container to take some out. You can also wrap them individually if you prefer.

Four Nut-Free Trail Mix Granola Bars on a piece of parchment paper with more behind them on a small cutting board.

Things You’ll Need

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BAKING SHEET: You’ll need a 10×15 inch baking sheet or pan.

PARCHMENT PAPER: Lining the pan with parchment paper makes it much easier to remove the bars from the pan. Make sure it goes up the sides so you can lift the bars out easily.

FOOD PROCESSOR: This recipe comes together quickly in a food processor. I like my Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap Food Processor.

SPATULA: Pressing the granola bar mixture down firmly in the pan is important. So I always have a selection of silicone spatulas on hand.

Trail Mix Gluten Free Granola Bars piled in a criss-crossed manner on a square of parchment paper.
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Chewy Trail Mix Gluten Free Granola Bars

Sweet and chewy Trail Mix Bars are filled with dried fruit, whole grain oats, seeds, and even a little chocolate. These nut- and gluten-free granola bars are so easy to make. And they are an allergy-friendly snack perfect to pack in a lunch box or for trips to the park, long car rides, and to power the kids (and yourself) through busy days.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Servings: 30 bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats (certified gluten free, if necessary)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey (can use agave syrup for vegan)
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas)
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips (dairy free, if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 10×15 in. baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Place all the ingredients except the water in a food processor and pulse until combined and slightly chopped.
  • Add the water and pulse until thoroughly mixed.
  • Spread evenly into the prepared pan and press down firmly with a spatula.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm, but still chewy and slightly moist on the bottom.
  • Transfer pan to a rack to cool completely.
  • Cut into bars about 1 inch wide and 3 to 4 inches long.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

Adapted from Playground Granola Bars from Noshing With the Nolands
Nutrition Facts
Chewy Trail Mix Gluten Free Granola Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 156IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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44 Comments
  1. J

    Just a thought, just because they are seeds does not mean they are nut free. Seeds I found at the supermarket were processed in a facility that also processes nuts. So the seeds may be contaminated.

  2. Gaby

    These look so good! I love dried fruit. I’d like to try the oat bran cookies and the baobab because I have no idea what that fruit tastes like.

  3. Mary Ann Monro-Neely

    I would try the Red Fruit & Chia Snack Bars. I like “bars’ that can be easily transported in a purse since you never know when you are going to need one.

  4. Jessica | Saucy Pear

    I make my own granola all the time, but for some reason haven’t ventured into the granola bar territory. Maybe it’s time to give that a try with these – they look delicious!

  5. Those look amazing! It is hard to find a good granola bar recipe without nuts so you can send them to school. And I love how little sugar is in these, it’s amazing they stay together with only 2 tablespoons of honey! I can’t wait to try these out. Pinned!

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