Trail Mix Energy Bites

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Time for a new energy bites recipe!

You all know how much I love a good salty and sweet combo.  So I’m excited to introduce to you my new version — Trail Mix Energy Bites!

I was actually spring cleaning-out my pantry when the idea occurred to me to use up some leftover nuts, pretzels and dried fruit to make some trail mix.  But at the last minute, I decided to mix them with some natural peanut butter, puffed brown rice cereal (or you could use oats), wheat germ, a pinch of chia seeds, and behold — these trail mix energy bites were born!

It’s a good thing that they are shaped into portion-controlled little bites, because I’m pretty sure I could have eaten the whole bowl.  These turned out SO tasty!!!   I especially loved having the salty crunch of the pretzels in there too.  And even after a week in the fridge, my pretzels didn’t get soggy at all.  It’s like they were meant for these bites.  ;)

As with any of these energy bite recipes, the options for substitutions here are endless.  Energy bites are a great way to use up any ingredients you might have on hand.  You can sub in any nuts (peanuts, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, walnuts, etc.), any nut butter (PB, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.), any dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, apricots, cherries, etc.), or chocolate (dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, cacao nibs, or sans chocolate, etc.) that sounds good.  And if you don’t want to shape the mix into little balls, you can also just press it into the bottom of a baking dish and then cut them into bars.

However you make them, have fun and don’t be afraid to get creative!  Enjoy!!

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites

Your trail mix just turned into cute and delicious little energy bites!


  • 1 cup whole grain crispy puffed rice cereal or old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanuts or almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pretzels
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)


Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. (This step is important -- it makes the mixture easier to shape.)

Remove and shape into small 1-inch balls, or press into the bottom of a parchment-lined baking pan to make granola bars.

Enjoy immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

**It is not essential that these be refrigerated, but it helps the balls to keep their shape.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Leave a Comment:


  1. Jenn — February 15, 2015 @ 4:52 pm (#)

    Did you soak your chia seeds?

  2. Elizabeth — April 7, 2015 @ 11:54 pm (#)

    I would add some powered dry milk to have them hold their shape. Not sure the exact amount , try at least 3/4 cupfull. Hope you like my suggustion.

    • Ali — April 9th, 2015 @ 1:53 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion Elizabeth!

  3. Stephanie — May 21, 2015 @ 8:35 am (#)

    I made these trail mix bites and they’re delicious! The mini ball shape make them fun and easy to eat on the go. I added almonds and pecans to mine, and toasted the nuts first to draw out the flavor. I would love to add pumpkin seeds to them next time.  I sprinkled in flax seed for added nutrition. I also added a pinch of salt to mine, it was little too sweet from the honey so it balanced it well. Overall great recipe and I’ll definitely be making these again! 

    • Ali — May 21st, 2015 @ 4:38 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! I’m glad to hear you liked these, and I think your additions are great! : )

  4. Sandra Hoopmann — May 27, 2015 @ 4:44 am (#)

    Hi, this recipe looks good!  However, I can’t eat wheat germ.  What would be the subtitute for this?

    • Ali — May 27th, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

      Hi Sandra! No worries, I would recommend subbing ground flax meal. Hope that helps!

  5. Sandra Hoopmann — May 27, 2015 @ 4:47 am (#)

    Hi again,  I don’t know if my comment went through; so, I’m typing it again….

    This balls look fabulous.  However, I can’t have wheat germ.  So, what would be the substitute for wheat germ in this recipe?

  6. Simon — May 27, 2015 @ 9:56 am (#)


    looking forward to trying some of these. I’m looking everywhere for energy bars that can be taken on a hiking holiday in really hot weather (40 dgrees plus) that won’t go gooey or melt. Have you ever given consideration to this?

    • Ali — May 27th, 2015 @ 12:28 pm

      Hey Simon! Hmmm, my recommendation would be freezing them beforehand, and maybe packing them next to a small ice pack? Hope that helps!

  7. LeSharn — July 3, 2015 @ 6:54 pm (#)

    Hey, I’m doing a school project and would love for your recipe and pictures to be featured in it. All credit will go to you and your website will also feature in it for others to check out.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 6th, 2015 @ 11:35 am

      Hey there, we’re totally cool with that, thank you for asking! :) What’s your project for?

  8. MamaG — September 17, 2015 @ 7:18 pm (#)

    If you wet your hands lightly it helps to make them roll easier

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 18th, 2015 @ 7:21 am

      Great tip, thanks for sharing with us! :)

  9. suzee — April 8, 2016 @ 1:48 am (#)

    My daughter is on a fob map menu and can’t have honey, what else can be used, or can you just leave it out 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 9th, 2016 @ 8:37 am

      We’re not familiar with the fob map menu. However, if she can have agave or maple syrup, we’d opt for one of those instead — we hope that helps!

  10. Rae — July 10, 2016 @ 11:39 pm (#)

    How many calories? Per ball?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 11th, 2016 @ 7:43 am

      Hi Rae! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!


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