Trail Mix Bites


The perfect boost of energy in two bites.

Trail Mix Bites
Photo: Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Prissy Lee Montiel
Active Time:
10 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
12 bites

Gear up to take on the day. These Trail Mix Bites are the perfect way to start your morning—or the perfect fuel to keep you going.

Forget the dry, crumbly granola bars. These homemade trail mix energy bites are incredibly simple to toss together—we're talking one bowl, 10 minutes, and a microwave. We use creamy peanut butter as the base of these trail mix bites, but feel free to substitute another nut butter (such as almond butter or even sunflower seed butter) to make them peanut-free. Crisp rice cereal gives these bites an airy texture and a subtle crunch, while honey and raisins bring the sweetness. Miniature chocolate chips are an optional addition to these Trail Mix Bites—but let's be honest, who wouldn't want to add chocolate?

We like to make a big batch of these Trail Mix Bites at the beginning of the week to stay stocked for snacking. This tasty no-bake treat is the perfect way to satisfy cravings between meals or pack for the kids to take on a busy school day.


  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter

  • ½ cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ¼ cups uncooked quick-cooking oats

  • ¾ cup rice cereal

  • ½ cup lightly salted whole almonds

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ¼ cup miniature chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Place creamy peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract in a large microwavable bowl; microwave on HIGH 20 seconds. Stir to blend until smooth. Add uncooked quick-cooking oats, crisp rice cereal, lightly salted whole almonds, raisins, and (if desired) miniature chocolate chips. Stir until well coated.

  2. Using hands, shape mixture into 12 balls (about 2 generous tablespoons each), and place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill until firm, about 1 hour, and serve. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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