Naturally sweetened and no bake, these granola bars are loaded with trail mix flavors! Perfect for a snack on the go, or a healthy homemade alternative!
Author: The Chunky Chef
1 1/2cupsold fashioned oats(can use quick cooking as well)
1/2cupdried cherries(or cranberries)
1/4cuppumpkin seeds (raw)
Line an 8x8" baking pan with wax paper (or parchment paper), enough so the paper overhangs the edges of the baking pan. This makes removing the bars a lot easier.
Add oats, almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried cherries and dried blueberries to a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine.
Combine peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, salt, cinnamon and vanilla in a microwaveable mixing bowl. Microwave 30-40 seconds, or until honey is bubbling/foamy. Stir well to combine.
Pour melted peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to stir it all together.
Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan. Top with a sheet of wax paper (or parchment paper) and press down firmly into an even layer. Really compact it well. I used the side of a square glass vase to press it down.
Refrigerate 2+ hours, or overnight. Slice into 8 bars and serve.
Bars hold together better when refrigerated, but can be kept at room temperature if desired.