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Trail Mix Bites - This Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, with nut-free and Keto option snack checks all the boxes! No-bake and so easy to make and a great snack or add on to a meal.

I’m a huge advocate of the power of healthy fat. After avoiding it for a solid decade+ (thank you “low fat” 90’s!), I have come to embrace it fully and have never been healthier. Fat is unique in it’s ability to satiate, great for mental health, helps stabilize blood sugar which = better/more stable moods, and minimized cravings. I make sure I have “plated fat” on at every meal (i.e. not just the fat I cook with, but fat ON my plate in the form of avocado, olives, nuts & seeds, nut butter, coconut milk or meat, and oil-based dressings). It’s a game changer, and I’ve had more than one client tell me it was THE thing that made the difference.

Wondering how to get more healthy fats in? These babies take 10 minutes to put together and are a great add on to any meal lacking in fat or for a satiating snack. Keep in mind, they are coconut oil based, so they are best stored in the freezer and aren’t very portable (unless you can keep them frozen). But I have been loving them at home!

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Trail Mix Bites

Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Autumn @wholefoodfor7

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, and dried fruit *see note below for my favorite combo!

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine well with a whisk the almond butter, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla

  2. In a separate small bowl, combine desired nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Measure out 1 1/2 cup of this.

  3. Spray a muffin tin with cooking oil (I prefer the silicone muffin tins). Divide the 1 1/2 cup nut combo evenly among the 12 muffin cups of the muffin tin.

  4. Evenly pour the liquid almond butter mixture over the nuts/seeds/fruit that are in each muffin cup. The liquid will come to just about the top of the nuts/seeds/fruit.

  5. Freeze, laying flat, in the freezer till solid, usually about 20-30 minutes. Once frozen, pop out of muffin tin and store in a sealed container or ziplock bag.

  6. Keep stored in freezer. Good for 3+ months, if kept in freezer.

Recipe Notes

*MY FAVORITE NUT/SEED/COMBO: I loved 1/2 cup raisins, 1/3 cup whole raw almonds, 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, and 1/3 cup crushed coconut flakes. Whatever will work on this, but this was the right balance of textures in my book!
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SUBSTITUTIONS:
- TREE-NUT FREE: Use sunbutter instead of almond butter, and stick to seeds, coconut flakes, and dried fruit for the nut/seed/fruit combo
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- COCONUT OIL: Sorry team, due to the unique properties of coconut oil, you cannot sub out other oils in this recipe
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- KETO: Use Lakanto Maple Flavored syrup instead of the honey, or liquid stevia drops, sweetening to taste. Leave out dried fruit, using only nuts/seeds/coconut flakes for the nut/seed/fruit comb

19 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are amazing! New favorite around here. I love all the textures. Thanks!

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    • Hooray! I love that these are a new favorite. Thank you!

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  2. Just like the trail mix balls – These are so good. My 7 year old is able to make them and LOVES them. The whole family eats them as a treat and a snack and we are now making them weekly.

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  3. 5 stars
    These are a lifeline for me with chronic illness. Thank you! My favorite combo is pecans and dried cranberries, and I use maple syrup (can’t tolerate honey) and reduce to 2 T. Works great!

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    • So happy these are a helpful easy to grab option. I love how flexible it is and hearing how you made it your own, thank you!

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  4. 5 stars
    These are so fantastic to keep in the freezer! I use pecan butter and mixed in coconut, craisins and almond. Love that I could change it up every time!

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    • Agreed, they are so flexible and I love having them in the freezer for a quick nutrient-dense snack or meal add-on. Thank you!

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  5. 5 stars
    These are so good and super easy!!
    I used peanut butter and did a mix of raisin, coconut flakes, raw pecans and cashews. They make the perfect snack!!

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    • Yes, such an easy nutrient-dense snack! So happy you enjoyed, thank you!

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  6. 5 stars
    I just made a batch of this with cashews, dried cranberries and coconut. 2 out of 3 kids liked them so I’ll call it a win!

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    • I love a good easy kid win! Thank you!

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  7. 5 stars
    Wow, these are delicious and so quick and easy to make. They solve my problem for after school snack for my kids and after dinner treat for my husband!

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    • Yes! I’m so happy they were a family win. Thank you!

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  8. Looks delicious!!! Can’t wait to try it!!

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    • They are so easy and delicious! Thank you!

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  9. 5 stars
    These are incredible! Health foods often lack in the flavour department. Not these! The texture is creamy and the flavour is decadent. Great afternoon snack!

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    • Aw, thank you – I’m so happy these fit the bill for both healthy and delicious! Agreed, the healthy fats in this are an awesome snack to help satiate that hunger or as an add on to a meal.

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      • Hoping to try this soon! Would peanut butter work instead of almond butter? Would that change the flavor profile too drastically? And what would be a good sub for pumpkin seeds (not a big fan around here)?

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        • Hi! Happy you want to dive into these. I haven’t tried it with peanut butter. Peanut butter does have a strong flavor, so it would change the flavor profile, but if you enjoy peanut butter they could work though you might want to adjust the components (like I’m not sure if raisins + peanut butter would be the best combo?). And the components are totally flexible – use any combination of seeds, nuts, coconut, dried fruit that works for you!

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