Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Trail Mix Snack Bars: Brown Bag Series #8

By: The Food Hunter

Snack bars are fun to make and even more fun to eat. They are portable on the go food that packs a lot of punch into a small space. I came across these bars in a new cookbook called Clean Eating For Busy Families, by Michelle Dudash and I am loving them. They can easily be made in advance and stored in the fridge for an on the go pick me up.

One nice thing about these bars is that they are easily adaptable. You can switch out the nuts or the fruit for something different every week. Or add some nut butter or maybe chocolate chips to spice things up a bit.

Quick Fix Trail Mix Snack Bars
 (adapted from Clean Eating For Busy Families)

1 cup raw cashews
¼ cup dried tart cherries or other dried fruit
1 cup toasted pepitas
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup raw sesame seeds
3 tablespoons flaxseed meal
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300/  and coat a 9X9 pan with cooking spray.  Finely chop cashews and dried fruit in the food processor.  Put  into a large bowl.   Add pepitas, sunflower and sesame seeds flaxseed and salt. Stir to combine.  In another bowl microwave honey for a few seconds until warm. Drizzle hoey and vanilla over the nut mixture and stir until completely incorporated.  Pour the mixture into the pan and spread evenly.  Back until golden about 20 mins.  Cut into bars. 


  1. Perfect for bringing to school to snack on!

  2. Hi Pam,

  3. Love the idea of using pepitas and sesame seeds. Sounds different and yummy!

  4. These look so yummy :) I like this kind of stuff to pack for park days!

  5. Ooh, those look yummy. And it looks like they hold their shape well, I'll need to try it! (Granola bars have always been tough for me to master)

  6. These look like a really hearty and filling snack bar! Yum!