Trail Mix Granola Bars

These healthy homemade trail mix granola bars will beat store-bought versions any day. They’re chewy, sweet, nutty, and are filled with clean ingredients. Plus, they’re versatile (just switch up your nuts and seeds) and so easy to whip up!

Trail mix bars cut into individual bars next to a knife.

Is Trail Mix Healthy?

Generally, trail mix is viewed as a nutritious and healthy snack. It’s got a hefty dose of nuts and seeds, providing plenty of healthy fats and carbs. And a little sweetness from dried fruits such as cranberries, raisins, or blueberries, which are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants.

But when you start adding yogurt pretzels, chocolate chips or marshmallows into the mix, it changes things a bit. These types of ingredients offer minimal nutritional benefits and quickly bring the sugar levels up. So it’s best to stick with a simple nut, seed and fruit base.

Granola Bar Recipe Video

Want to see how I make this recipe? It’s easy! Just watch the quick video below.

Homemade Granola Bar Ingredients

While these granola bars have your trail mix essentials, there’s a few simple superfoods I’ve snuck in here. From pepitas to chia seeds, these feel-good ingredients will give you a quick and easy nutrient boost – all in one snack. Here’s what’s in them:

  • Assorted Nuts – Almonds and cashews are my go-to, but you can use pecans or walnuts as well.
  • Dried Coconut Flakes – Adds a hint of coconut flavor and crisp texture.
  • Dried Cranberries – They’re an amazing superfood (get unsweetened), along with other berries.
  • Pepitas – Pumpkin seeds have great antioxidants and minerals.
  • Chia Seeds – Small but mighty chia seeds boasts tons of health benefits.
  • Sea Salt – If you’re using raw nuts, don’t forget to add a little sea salt.
  • Maple Syrup – Helps bind everything together and adds just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Vanilla Extract – A splash of vanilla adds a sweet depth of flavor.

Trail mix granola bar ingredients in a mixing bowl, next to a smaller bowl of maple syrup.

Make Your Own Healthy Granola Bars

Making these bars couldn’t be any easier. So grab your baking pan and let’s get cooking.

  1. Prep. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Then line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix. Toss and mix all the nuts, dried fruit, seeds, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Combine. Stir together the vanilla extract and maple syrup in a separate small bowl. Then pour the liquid over the nuts and give it all a stir, until it’s well coated.
  4. Flatten. Pour the mixture into a baking pan and flatten into an even layer using a large spoon.
  5. Bake & Cool. Let it bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Once done, let it cool in the pan for one hour (this is important).
  6. Slice & Serve. Once the mixture is cooled, slice them into 12 even bars.

Homemade granola bar ingredients in a baking pan.

A Few Tips To Make The Perfect Bars

  • If your bars are too soft. You need to bake them long enough for the maple syrup to caramelize and harden when it cools. If your bars are still really soft and sticky when cool, bake them a few minutes longer next time. Every oven is different.
  • If your bars crumble and fall apart. While you can leave your nuts whole (as shown), smaller chopped pieces will bind together more easily. You can also do a mix of some whole nuts and some chopped.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice. And don’t use a sawing motion to cut, just slice straight down on the nuts.
  • Don’t skip the cooling time. I know it’ll be tempting to cut a piece right out of the oven. But if you want to slice them perfectly, you need to let them chill. You can do this by letting them sit at room temperature for an hour. Or in the fridge for 30-45 minutes.

Several trail mix granola bars on a plate.

How To Properly Store These

Once you slice the bars, transfer them to airtight containers to be stored in the fridge or freezer. I highly recommend placing a sheet of parchment paper in between layers to prevent them from sticking together.

These will keep for up to a week in the fridge or 2 months in the freezer. If you decide to freeze, let them thaw at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes before eating.

Three granola bars stacked on top of each other on a plate with parchment paper in between.

More Healthy Snack Ideas For The Week

A healthy snack doesn’t have to resort to trail mix. Add in some savory proteins, creamy smoothies, and even healthy sweet treats.

Trail Mix Granola Bars

4.95 from 39 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
Healthy homemade granola bars that are gluten-free and paleo friendly! Have fun switching up the nuts and seeds for different variations.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, etc)
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit and line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Add all of the nuts, seeds, dried fruit and salt to a mixing bowl and give it a stir.
  • In a separate small bowl, stir together the vanilla extract and maple syrup. Pour this on top of the nuts and stir everything together, until it's well coated.
  • Pour the mixture into the baking pan and use the back of a large spoon or spatula to flatten it into one layer.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, then cool for one hour in the pan.
  • Once the granola bars are fully cooled, slice them into bars. I slice then entire portion in half, then divide each half into six bars, for 12 total granola bars.

Lisa's Tips

  • If your bars break apart and you loose some nuts when slicing, you can always roughly chop the nuts first. Some smaller pieces of nuts will fill in the gaps and hold the bars together better.
  • If your bars are still sticky an hour after cooling, you may need to bake them a few minutes longer next time to better caramelize the maple syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 52mg, Potassium: 204mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola bar recipe, granola bars, healthy granola bars, homemade granola bars
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104 comments on “Trail Mix Granola Bars”

  1. Lisa, these are delicious. I have also made a few other recipes from your website after you came across my YouTube feed. They are all equally awesome. Thank you.5 stars

  2. Delicious! I just made these bars and are AWESOME! I used dried figs instead of cranberries. Thank you Lisa, all your recipes are great! ❤️5 stars

  3. Hi Lisa! May I ask whether I can use an air fryer instead of over for this recipe?

  4. Another perfect recipe from Lisa! Tasted even better than expected.  Followed the recipe exactly (baking 33 minutes).  Delicious as a snack, on top of vanilla greek yogurt, or ice cream. These won’t last long!5 stars

  5. Amazing! It’s like I went and bought these at a posh cafe! I made 3x the recipe so I can freeze as I am about to have a baby any day now and wanted to have some quick snacks on hand. Lisa never fails! I’ve tried a few of your recipes and they’re always outstanding!5 stars

  6. Hi! It was absolutely delicious, thank you, Lisa! I have followed the recipe exactly, but left coconut out. Maple syrup seemed to be all at the very bottom of my pan stuck to the paper. Hence the mixture was stuck to it, falling apart and very sticky! Has anyone had the same problem? Would really appreciate an advice cause it was so delicious I definetely want to make it again and again

    • Hi Olga – I’m glad you loved it! Without the coconut, the maple syrup may have been less absorbed, but you can always add in more nuts, seeds, or other ingredients as a swap. If the maple syrup was sticky, that usually means you need to cook it a little bit longer as well, so it can caramelize and harden more. Hope your next batch turns out even better!

  7. I make these quite a bit. The only difference is I use raw honey instead of maple syrup. They always turn out delicious and are a great snack when I’m craving something sweet5 stars

  8. Can you add Oats to this recipe in order to make more of a granola ceral?5 stars

    • Sure thing! Athough, I’m not sure about the ratio. Will have to make up an oatmeal granola bar at some point :)

  9. Have you tried using honey instead of maple syrup? Just wondering if you’d cook it the same.

  10. Hello. Thank you for this amazingly low-carb yummy recipe. Me & my family have loved it two times making it now… LOL. I can’t do cashews on Keto nor did I have pumpkin or chia seeds. So I used pecans and sunflower/flax seeds instead. I followed your recipe & it turned out great as well. I’m glad to be able to enjoy all my yummy snacks in a creative way. I would like to know what is the serving size for the nutritional guidelines that you give at the end of the recipe? Is that for all 12 bars or is that per a certain amount? Thank you once again for sharing I love them!5 stars

    • Hi Ken – I’m happy you and your family love this recipe! It really is adaptable to a wide variety of nuts and seeds, so I’m glad you found what works for you. The nutrition information is always per serving, so that’s per bar in this case. Enjoy!

  11. The granola bars were delicious and easy to make. However, even though I lined the pan with parchment paper, the granola bars stuck to the paper making them impossible to eat without getting a mouthful of the paper. Should I have sprayed the paper with “Pam” before spreading the mixture on?5 stars

    • Normally it shouldn’t stick, but you could always spray the paper beforehand just incase for next time.

      • These are amazing! I use pistachios and cashews mostly! My husband loves them so much more than the Kind ones and sometimes I don’t have coconut and use oatmeal thx for all you do to help me eat healthier Love what you do and I will post in instgram!!! Oh and I put them in a silicone granola bar mold!5 stars

      • Glad you’re enjoying my recipes so far Ginny, including these granola bars! :)

  12. Hi Lisa!
    I was wondering if you have some ideas to replace de dried coconut? I don’t really like the flavour and I think it might be important to help the bars hold together… (I didn’t use any and they fell apart). Delicious recipe!!
    Than you!

    • Hi Marcela, you can remove it, but I would maybe chop the nuts smaller or use honey to make sure it doesn’t crumble next time!

  13. This is the first recipe I tried of yours and fell in love! I have been making them and following you for inspiration ever since! Thank you!5 stars

    • Glad to hear this recipe was a winner and is keeping you coming back to Downshiftology :) Excited to see what you make next Melody.

  14. Do we have to use real maple syrup or can we use like aunt jemimah? 

  15. I just found this recipe and it seems amazing. I want to try it.
    Questions:
    Can I substitute the cranberries by gogi berries?
    Can I substitute the maple syrup by agave syrup.
    This is what I have in my pantry, so I can make it right away and not have to head to the store.5 stars

  16. This is SO delicious!! And it looks so pretty!5 stars

  17. Can you use pistachios? 

  18. As a student I need something to eat during my lectures and because I am always hungry. This is a perfect snack and better than everything you can buy in a store. And eaysy to make.5 stars

  19. Amazing! I used a mix of rough cut cashews, pre-sliced almonds and pecan pieces and my bars stayed together great! I baked for 35 min and omitted the chia sees and coconut (personal taste).

    I used to buy the store bought version that are full of corn syrup. So I LOVE how great the ingredients are with these and how easy they are to make! And they taste WAY BETTER than the store bought ones! I plan to freeze half and may experiment with cutting the bars in half and dipping the bottoms of some of them in dark chocolate, for kind of a healthy dessert bite. Thank you for this amazing recipe!5 stars

  20. Great recipe, thank you5 stars

  21. Can i use honey instead of maple syrup?

  22. Okay so good and bad feedback.  These taste great. Remarkably tasty considering the low levels of sugar.  The bad is that these totally fall apart when they’re being cut.  I used a sharp knife and I waited until they were cold.   I’ve got a mixture of great tasting granola and various shards of trail bar.    I wonder if these cut better if nuts are broken down in a food processor first ?3 stars

    • Hi Darren – I’m happy you love the flavor of them! And yes, you can roughly chop the nuts to help them hold together a bit better. See the note I have under the recipe. :)

  23. Hi, I’ve all the ingredients to make this except for the chia seeds – will they be missed if I don’t use them this go around? I’ve enjoyed many of your recipes!

  24. I have made these over and over again. It’s perfect sweetness. I use the mixed unsalted nuts from Costco. When I feel I need a bit of more sweet, i drizzle melted chocolate over them but I love having these for my afternoon snack attacks. 5 stars

  25. Lisa, 
    Every recipe looks amazing! I was so excited to find your recipes! Thank you. You are so creative and inspirational. Do you sell a cookbook also? 5 stars

  26. I love this recipe so much. I’ve made it a few times but I can’t seem to tweak it so the coconut and nuts don’t brown so much on top. Any tips?  I’ve tried lowering the temp slightly but when I did this they didn’t hold together as well. Would covering for half cooking time help?5 stars

  27. These are delicious and I love the true crunch. Do you have any more recommendations for how to prevent them from crumbling when you cut them? I liked using the full nuts and not having to do the extra step of chopping some but did have trouble with them breaking apart. I used those pieces for granola – still delish!5 stars

  28. Hi Lisa,

    I made these today and man o man, these are so good. Mine did break apart a bit so I will chop the nuts next time. I see that I did not have enough so they can stay bonded together. It reminded me of peanut brittle which i loved growing up. I echo the sentiment of so many others who say it is great to be able to make these things on our own and know that they are healthy.5 stars

    • Hi Thelma- Recipes that bring back sentimental value always are the best :) I’m glad the flavors turned out great, and yes, next time try chopping the nuts a bit smaller or using honey!

  29. The trail mix was so satisfying and delicious tasty treat. However, I glazed the maple syrup to the hard crack stage 350 degrees than poured it over the mix, thus eliminating the baking.
    Your videos inspire me to eat healthy and cook. I’m find the instructional explanations and comparing the traditional ingredients to paleo cooking so interesting. Thank you.
    Since following the whole 30 style I’ve have no issues with IBS. I’m convinced that processed food is the cupit for the alarming rate of illness and obesity in our country and would be interested on your input. Glenda5 stars

    • Hi Glenda- So glad you enjoyed these trail mix bars! And happy to hear all my content is helping you understand more about paleo and whole30 cooking :)

  30. Theses were amazing! I forgot the cashews, but still turned out amazing! I just love knowing what is in my food and this has all the good stuff and none of the bad :)
    Just a p.s. you said ‘roughly shop the nuts before adding’ instead of chop. I just noticed and thought you might like to know :)
    I love your recipes, gadgets and always helpful tips! Sending gratitude from Whitehorse, YT, Canada5 stars

    • Hi Angela- I couldn’t agree more. I love making homemade versions so I know what ingredients are being used and theres no additives.And thanks for noticing! Will change that now :)

  31. These bars were exactly the sweet treat I needed! Eating healthy and having a sweet tooth are sometimes a challenging duo. Thanks for this great option!5 stars

    • Hi Amanda- That’s definitely the struggle we all face when it comes to snacks! But I’m glad these were able to fill in the gap :)

  32. Hi. Do you think I can use shredded coconut? (Thanks!)

  33. I made these this morning and they came out perfectly! Another treat I’ll have to freeze, so I don’t eat them all in one day. So delicious.
    Another hit from Lisa!5 stars

  34. I did a variation of this with dried blueberries and lavender instead of cranberries and it was absolutely AMAZING!5 stars

  35. This is an incredible mix. However mines crumble up… didn’t hold as a bar. I had whole almonds and chopped walnuts and everything else stayed the same, temperature and cooling time also, not sure where it went wrong.🙈

    Will keep trying to master it.5 stars

  36. So simple, real ingredients and so delicious, my fav way of cooking!!!

    I still have to work on the crumbling effect, but even if I can never make it stick, I’ll still be making it again!!!5 stars

  37. I absolutely love this recipe already. I was going shopping on the day I spotted it. Got the ingredients and made it the same day. It made twelve small granola bars. I had pecans, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, cashews, whole almonds and flaked almonds. Used a mixture with some coconut nibs tips too. 

    Left them an hour once cooked and came out lovely. They’ll be a regular in my house now!5 stars

  38. I just made these and while they’re delicious, I definitely didn’t cook them long enough and the bottom middle was sticky; so I threw them upside down back in the oven to better carmelize the maple and, for any chunks that could no longer be cut into bars, I broke them up to use as granola in yogurt. Solid recipe that I’ll be trying again!

    • I’m glad you loved the recipe Emily! Yes, that can happen sometimes as you figure out the proper cook time for your oven. Glad you were able to turn them into granola though!

  39. These were easy to make and delicious! They lasted two days in my house.5 stars

  40. I made these tonight. While my consistency is not great, the taste is amazing! My grocer sales a bulk mixture that I only needed to add coconut and chia seeds to. I’ll keep trying to get it right.5 stars

  41. I tried them and they turned out perfect. I love that all of your recipes actually work and that you give lots of tips. I am not sure that they will last a week in the fridge ;) 5 stars

  42. These are delicious! Sadly they’re still sticky and are kind of falling apart easily even after baking 35 min, so I guess I’ll bake longer next time. I even chopped up my nuts to try to help them hold together better. Oh well, I was needing an easy healthy snack to get myself to eat more nuts, so I’ll definitely be making these again so I will just perfect the recipe with my oven. :)5 stars

    • Hi Sarah- Oh no! I would definitely try baking for a bit longer to see if they hold together better. You can also try using honey as well.

  43. Looking forward to making these granola bars. I do not like coconut in any shape or form. Can you suggest something else I could use. Thank-you so much.

  44. So yummy and so easy!5 stars

  45. I just made these and they are AMAZING! We all couldn’t wait for them to cool, so I popped them in the fridge for about 20 minutes. So goood!5 stars

  46. Hi

    It’s me again…Just very hard to do…wait 1 hour!!
    But..yum yum yum!@@
    So worth it..
    Thanks again Jody xxc5 stars

  47. Hi there..
    Just making these tonight
    Think maybe my calculation from fariehit to Celsius was out..
    They are looking crumcious and dark in colour after 25mins..
    Putting oven down and cooking for another 5 mins.
    🤞..
    My unit smells amazing!!@
    Jody from Sydney Australia..5 stars

    • Hi Jody- Everyone’s oven heats differently, so if you noticed they started to really brown, reduce the heat :)

  48. Can maple syrup be replaced with honey or agave?

  49. Can I substitute maple syrup with honey?5 stars

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