These homemade Trail Mix Granola Bars are easy to make with apricots, gluten free oats, brown rice cereal, pumpkin seeds and chocolate. A sweet, salty, chewy bar that’s naturally sweetened. A wholesome recipe for a nutritious snack or breakfast to go! Gluten Free + Low Calorie + Vegan
Oh hey, I’ve meant to post this Trail Mix Granola Bars recipe since April. As in, 2 months ago. Goodness! Too much going on, and I have a serious case of the “Mondays.” Only in this case, every day is Monday. It’s like groundhog day.
Lately there’s so much happening, I don’t know which direction to turn. No matter how much I prioritize, I never feel like I’m getting as much done as I would like.
It’s like climbing a mountain and never getting to the top (good thing I have Trail Mix Granola Bars to take with me). I was recently hired to create recipes for two new websites so busy has become my middle name, and food. I’ve got lots of food so come over!
Now that I’m finally done with 18 months of nutrition school I fell like I’m getting my life back, but I’m also with mixed emotions about what’s to come. I can’t say I’m thrilled about studying for my board exam, marketing myself, exploring career opportunities, etc.
Then there’s this awesome idea I have in my head for expanding my monthly meal plan into a weekly weight loss meal plan. So many ideas, so little time. Wish I could multiply myself!
But I’m thankful for you guys showing up here everyday and supporting me. That along with supportive blog friends who tell me when I need to take a much needed break, and my virtual assistant. Seriously, I don’t know what I’d do without her. Probably cry!
She’s the best. I’ve been tossing more and more work at her and she always runs with it. If only I had 3 more of her! That said, I need a reset, break, vacation. Whatever you want to call it. Something to rejuvenate me, help me re-focus and gain perspective.
No matter what your problem or situation is, I truly believe stepping away from the day to day can help you see the bigger picture and figure things out. For me, it always helps me regain my passion and focus on what’s important. But before you escape from life, take a batch of these Trail Mix Granola Bars with you!
Lately, they’ve been my go to snack. I’ve been working from Starbucks a lot and they’re convenient to have with you on the go especially now with summer vacations and outings. Perfect for afternoon snack attacks! These Trail Mix Granola Bars are made with my favorite cereal.
If you’ve coached with me, then you know cereal is a big watch out food I talk about in it because despite what most people think, it’s really a treat.
But this cereal, is one of the cleanest I’ve ever seen. I love it especially in these bars! It adds just the right amount of crunch. Paired with dried apricots, pumpkin seeds and chocolate it’s the perfect blend of sweet, salty and everything in between!
Trail Mix Granola Bars
- 1/4 cup apricots thinly diced
- 3/4 cup ;Gluten Free rolled oats
- 3/4 cup brown rice puffed cereal
- 1/2 cup Gluten Free oat flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp ground chia seeds
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips dairy free
- optional: additional chocolate chips for drizzle
Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare an 8-inch x 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper criss-crossed hanging over the edges for easy removal.
In a large bowl, combine the apricots, rolled oats, cereal, oat flour, ground chia seeds, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, baking powder, chocolate chips and salt.
- In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil and maple syrup then pour over the dry ingredients. Stir together fully covering the dry ingredients with the wet.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread with a spatula into an even layer.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the bars are lightly browned around the edges.
- Remove from the oven, cool completely, then refrigerate 4 hours until chilled.
- Once chilled remove from the oven and slice into 8 large bars.
- Optionally melt more chocolate chips and drizzle the chocolate on top of the bars.
Store bars in a container in the refrigerator up to 10 days.
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