It’s a new year and if you’re like most people (myself included), you’re probably looking for ways to be healthier in 2014. Whether that means eating more greens or simply adding 10 minutes of walking to your day, I salute you for your efforts! Even the smallest changes can make a big difference over time. And on that note, today I am sharing a very easy and healthy recipe that you’ll no doubt find yourself making again and again.
This particular recipe actually came about as a mistake. A few months back I was making a half batch of these PB chocolate chip chia bites, but I couldn’t get the mixture to form into balls. I didn’t want the ingredients to go to waste so I decided to pack it all into a pan and cut it into squares instead. The result? A delicious and healthy granola bar, which has since evolved into a “trail mix bar” through my experimentation with different ingredients and amounts. And really, that’s the beauty of this recipe — just so long you start with the right base (a proper ratio of oats, honey & peanut butter), the rest is up to you! I make a batch of these almost every Sunday and they serve as an on-the-go breakfast, snack, and even dessert throughout the week!
Trail Mix Bars (gluten-free, vegan option)
Makes approx. 9-12 bars depending on desired size
Ingredients — always buy organic when possible!
- 2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/2 cup raw honey or agave nectar, if vegan
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 2 Tbs chia seeds
- Other optional add-ins: pepitas, almonds, walnuts, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, flax seeds, raisins, dried cranberries, etc.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pack mixture into a 8×6 pan and place in freezer for one hour. One mixture has hardened, cut it into bars and store in fridge or freezer. (If left out at room temperature, bars will become crumbly). Enjoy!
Give this recipe a try — you’ll be glad you did!