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No Bake Trail Mix Bites – Two Recipes!

Did you try making the donuts yet?

I meant to. I really did.

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Instead of playing with my new donut pan yesterday,  I got caught up playing with my mini muffin pan making these no-bake trail mix bites.

Earlier in the week, I decided to create these bites for the little boy so that he could have a protein packed, healthy and tasty snack (or breakfast as he decided one morning).

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He loved them so much that I made the executive decision to whip up another batch of them in favor of testing out the donut recipe. I will get to those donuts in the next few days, I swear.

Here is the thing though, I changed the recipe a bit yesterday from my original version.

I was never good at following recipes. Even my own.

Both versions are so delish and easy so instead of just sharing one of them,  I decided to share both. Today. Get excited.

Let’s discuss the original version first.

All of the flavors and textures of a handful of trail mix bound together with peanut butter along with honey, chia seeds, oats and quinoa flakes…. Raisins, cranberries, walnuts, chocolate….mixed together, mushed together…no need to bake.

How can you deny yourself?

The Original No Bake Trail Mix Bites:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds plus 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup tablespoons Quinoa Flakes
  • 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup raisins *
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup cranberries *
  • 1/4 cup plus a bit more peanut butter of choice (I went with Crunch Time)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (add more if batter is too dry)
  • a few spoonfuls chopped walnuts *
  • chocolate chips (the more the merrier)

*Amounts totally up to you – add more or less depending upon your taste buds.

Mix chia seeds with water. Add in remaining ingredients. Mix.

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Press into mini muffin pan or simply roll into balls. Refrigerate until firm. EAT.

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Simple, yes?

The beauty of these bites is that not only do they require very little prep, no mess and no baking, you can totally vary your ingredients.

Did you know that I am allergic to raw walnuts? Yep. Slightly. And sometimes not so slightly. Long story. For another day.

Anyway, because of my walnut allergy, I decided when making another batch of these tasty bites to leave out the walnuts and replace the crunch and texture with KIND granola instead.

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I am a genius, I know.

Remember my giant box delivered on my doorstep from KIND earlier this week? In addition to receiving a variety of KIND bars, I also received three different types of granola. For this recipe, I went with using the Oats and Honey Clusters with Toasted Coconut.

It was a great decision.

I also swapped the old-fashioned oats for Oat Bran. Just because I felt like it.

No-Bake KIND Granola Trail Mix Bites:

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds plus 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup Quinoa Flakes
  • 1/3 cup Oat Bran
  • 1/3 cup KIND Granola (flavor of choice)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter of choice (and a bit more just because it is so good)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (add more if mixture too dry)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (add more/less)
  • 1/4 cup cranberries (add more/less)
  • chocolate chips

Mix chia seeds with water. Add in remaining ingredients. Mix.

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You know you can just eat this batter straight out of the bowl, right? Not that I did. OK, maybe I tasted it.

Press into mini muffin pan or roll into balls.

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Refrigerate until firm. Eat.

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Both recipes are a perfect on the go snack and in-between meal bite that is healthy, protein-packed, satisfying, unprocessed and delicious.

The best part is that you can absolutely mix and match the ingredients depending upon what you have on hand:

  • Oats OR Oat Bran
  • Oats AND Oat Bran
  • Oats AND Quinoa Flakes. Oats OR Quinoa Flakes. Oats AND Quinoa Flakes AND Oat Bran
  • Granola. No granola
  • Nuts. No nuts. Nuts OR Granola. Nuts AND granola
  • Raisins OR Cranberries. Raisins AND Cranberries
  • Peanut Butter or Almond Butter

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Get the point? If you don’t have a specific ingredient, sub it with something else.

I think this is why I love baking (or not baking in this case) without recipes. I like my freedom to use what I have on hand and adjust the amounts and ingredients as I go.

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These bites are the perfect recipe for a Friday – when you do your grocery shopping this weekend and if you prep some food for the week on  Sunday, prepare a batch of these bites. They take no time to prepare, no baking required, store well in the refrigerator (if you don’t eat them all at one time) and pack up nicely to take with you wherever you go.

Let me know if you make them. Have a great weekend!

I NEED TO KNOW:

Are you allergic to any nuts?

Do you like trail mix?

What are your go-to snacks?

Do you follow recipes?

 

 

 

 

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  • EZTWINS November 8, 2013, 7:48 am

    Lots of recipes to try out this week. Thanks for all the great info! I am usually on the run, therefore always have tons of snacks in my bag ranging from cut up apples, bag of my own made trail mix, flackers (have you tried these? Delic), or a Luna bar to name a few.

    • WordPress.com Support November 8, 2013, 4:01 pm

      I haven’t tried flackers. You will have to share some with me.

  • IHeartVegetables November 8, 2013, 8:14 am

    Oh yum!! Those look so good!! And I bet they would give me TONS of energy!

  • CatieB November 8, 2013, 9:11 am

    Those recipes look so good!!! Yum!!

  • jumpeatrun November 8, 2013, 12:22 pm

    These look really awesome! I have NO time to bake lately!! I hate it!

  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures November 8, 2013, 2:09 pm

    I hardly ever try to follow recipes because I haven’t really found a love for baking. It’s too time consuming, I’m no good at it, and then when I finish, I just want to eat ALL the goodies.
    These look hearty, filling and healthy! Good job!!! And I LOVE Kind granola! I buy their gluten free version all the time!

    • WordPress.com Support November 8, 2013, 4:00 pm

      make these, they were no bake so you don’t need to love baking for this recipe lol

  • D @ The Kosher Cave Girl November 8, 2013, 2:41 pm

    These look delicious! And it’s a great option if you’re running out the door and don’t have that much time to prepare a full breakfast.

    I’m definitely going to try making a Paleo version of these (since oats are a no-no for me).

    • WordPress.com Support November 8, 2013, 3:59 pm

      You can totally sub out the oats/oatbran and granola and use paleo friendly ingredients in it’s place.

  • Mike @ FitFriend November 9, 2013, 9:56 am

    Yes yes and yes to these!