Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars Recipe

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Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars are perfect for lunchboxes, trips to the park, long car rides, or to power the kids (and yourself) through busy days. These healthy gluten free snacks have dried fruit, whole grains, seeds, and even a little chocolate for good measure. But this easy recipe is also nut free and dairy free, making it an allergy-friendly treat to pack!

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

Snack snack snack snack snack snack. If you’ve been around my blog for any length of time, you know that my boys are always eating. Don’t get mad at me, but those of you that have picky kids or kids who barely eat, I really have no idea what you are dealing with.

That whole strategy of not giving your kids snacks between meals so that they actually eat their breakfast, lunch, and dinner – yeah, it pretty much doesn’t apply in my house.

They have breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, seconds, before bed snack. And that’s a normal day, which doesn’t account for when they ask for extra snacks.

I think my kids are Hobbits.

If you’ve got eating machines, or 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 Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars are for you!

Three Nut-Free Trail Mix Bars on a cutting board

Nut-Free Granola Bars

Chewy Trail Mix Granola 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 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!

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!

What You’ll Need

  • Old-fashioned oats – NOT quick or instant oats
  • Honey
  • Raw sunflower seeds
  • Raw pumpkin seeds – also called pepitas
  • Chia seeds
  • Dried apricots – cut into pieces. BRIANNE’s PRO TIP: spray your knife with a little cooking spray to keep them from sticking
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Water

Equipment

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and line pan with parchment paper.
  2. Pulse all of the ingredients except the water in the food processor until combined and slightly chopped. THen add the water and pulse until mixed.
  3. Press down firmly in the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm, but still chewy and slightly moist on the bottom.
  5. Transfer pan to a rack to cool completely then cut into bars.
Gluten Free Trail Mix Snack Bars stacks on parchment paper

Variations

As I mentioned, these trail mix bars don’t have any nut or peanut ingredients, nor do they contain eggs, so they are 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, and you can make these additional substitutions if needed.

  • Gluten-free – be sure to use certified gluten free oats and confirm that all of the other ingredients are not a risk for cross-contamination. If you are new to this, check out my resources on gluten free foods and what to avoid on a gluten free diet to help you with reading labels.
  • Dairy free/vegan – choose vegan chocolate chips to make these completely dairy free. For strict vegan, substitute agave in place of the honey.
  • Other variations – you can omit the chocolate chips or substitute with additional dried fruit or even white chocolate chips. If nuts aren’t a concern, you can use your favorite in place of the seeds. And you can certainly change up the dried fruits, using dates for the apricots or even things like dried cherries and blueberries for the raisins and cranberries.
Table with trail mix granola bars being cut, stacked, and wrapped in parchment paper

Storage

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, but since they are moist, you’ll want to keep them in the refrigerator to keep them from getting moldy too quickly. They will last for about a week.

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.

Allergy Friendly Trail Mix Granola Bars with oats, fried fruit, seeds, and chocolate chips

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Four Nut-Free Trail Mix Granola Bars on a piece of parchment paper
5 from 3 votes

Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars

A healthy snack for kids that are nut-, gluten- and dairy-free, but packed full of nutritious and delicious ingredients.
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 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.

Enjoy!

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. 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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