Perfect for snacking or fueling a long hike through the woods, these pumpkin spice trail mix bars are the perfect fall flavors snack. Made with all natural products, these trail mix bars are something you can feel comfortable giving your kids. Packed with nuts and steel cut oats, these bars are sure to leave you satisfied, instead of hungrier than when you ate them.
Fall has always been a time of corn maizes, trail walking and apple picking. Having healthy snacks that will fuel you on these adventures is key to avoiding meltdowns and convenience store purchases that you are less than proud of. Instead of having to pick the best option at the gas station when you are already ravenous, pack some healthy homemade snacks and fuel your adventures naturally.
What makes these homemade pumpkin spice trail mix bars awesome? Well they only take about 5 minutes to whip up and they only dirty 1 measuring cup, one mixing bowl, a spoon and the pan (which you can line with foil). Yes, that is one of my criteria on if I’m going to make a dish. Because dishes are real. And most nights it looks like a small bomb has exploded in my kitchen. I try to avoid this catastrophe as often as possible.
Another reason these are awesome? These bars are full of natural ingredients, which provide healthy fat, protein, and complex and simple carbs to help fuel your adventure but keep you satisfied for hours. I used Coach’s Oats in these bars. Have you tried them? They have patented processing that allows the steel cut oat to act more like a rolled oat in recipes. Yes, there are steel cut oats in this recipe and I didn’t break my teeth eating them. In fact, these bars have an amazing chewy, nutty texture I’m totally digging. If you want to try Coach’s Oat, you can still enter to win!
These trail mix bars are a combination of some of my favorite fall flavors. Pumpkin spice, cranberries, pumpkin seeds. Even if it doesn’t feel like fall yet, these trail mix bars sure make it taste like fall!
Since Dave has a mild allergy to tree nuts, these bars ARE ALL MINE. I will be making him a batch of just the sunflower seed and pumpkin seed though because he is also loving the Coach’s Oats. In fact, I don’t have any of those Baked Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars left since he got a hold of them! If you have someone with a nut allergy. You can use Sunbutter in place of the almond butter and increase the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to 1 cup each. Vegans can use brown rice syrup in place of the honey.
This recipe is super simple. It’s equal parts almond butter, honey, oats, and each of the nuts and seeds. Add in a few tablespoons of dried fruit and 2-3 tbs. of chia seeds. Refrigerate for an hour and you are good to go!
Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix Bars
- In a glass bowl, measure out the almond butter and at least 1/3 cup of honey. Microwave on high for 20 to 40 seconds or until the almond butter is pliable. Stir the honey and almond butter together. You can also do this on the stove over medium low heat.
- Once the almond butter and honey have been incorporated and are easy to mix, add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. Mix well. until all the ingredients are combined.
- You can line a 6X10 or 8X8 dish with foil to make clean up a breeze. Spray lightly with non-stick spray.
- Add the nut and honey mixture tot he dish. Press into an even layer and refrigerate for 1 hour.
What about you?
- What’s your favorite trail mix flavor combo?
- Do you make your own trail mix at home?
- Have you ever made the trail mix at Whole Foods before?