Trail Mix Energy Bites

March 28, 2013 by Ali

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

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 20-25 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.

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 |

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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57 thoughts on “Trail Mix Energy Bites

  1. Would this be okay without the wheat germ? I’m not really sure the point of it or if it will change the overall taste.. is there something else I should sub for that?

    - Megan

  2. What is the calorie count?

    - Deana

  3. These look delicious. I think I will have to try these.

    - Elisabeth@Treasuring the

  4. I am hooked on your original energy bites recipe! For this recipe do you suggest puffed brown rice cereal or puffed crispy brown rice cereal? There is a huge difference between the two when making other snacks like crispy treats-the plain puffed type gets soggy. Does this matter with your bites?

    - Allison

  5. Has anyone successfully made these into bars instead of balls? How about PB2 instead of peanut butter?

    - Sarah

    • Just press these into a parchment-lined baking pan to turn them into bars. And I have not tried PB2 yet, but hope to develop some energy bites with PB2 soon!


      - Ali

  6. Hi Ali.
    Gorgeous recipe and photos.
    I would love to try these for my girlfriend’s birthday.
    I love in humid hot Singapore. These needs to be refrigerated to hold its shape. would baking retain its shape? How long should I bake it for?

    Thank you.

    - Jacqui Lim

    • Hi Jacqui,

      This is a no-bake recipe, so there shouldn’t be a need to bake. They stick together best after being refrigerated for a bit. Good luck!


      - Ali

  7. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE! I cannot eat oats or granola, and this is the ONLY site that offers an alternative to that ingredient.

    - Mrs. Banks

  8. is there anything I can use to substitute the peanut butter??

    - Stacy

  9. yummy!

    - Melody Benschoter

  10. Made these with All Bran Buds instead of the puffed rice cereal because I couldn’t find it – but thought the extra fiber would be great – LOVE this snack!! I did have a hard time getting them to stick, so I added a little extra honey/peanut butter and threw them in the freezer for a half hour. Also as a side note, you should keep refridgerated as wheat germ spoils very easily!

    - Lauren

  11. I have a newborn and my appetite is ravenous, so these would be perfect!

    Pinning this now :)

    - Kelly @

  12. This mixture is amazing! But I can’t get it to shape into balls…just falls apart :-( Any suggestions?!?!

    - Lisa

  13. I just made these … So easy and yummy!

    - Margaret

  14. Hi! I can’t eat peanut butter, is there a substitute for that? Thanks!

    - Tasha

  15. Can’t wait to try these! Glad I stumbled across your site! If I make them would you mind if I shared the recipe on by blog? I will link all the credit to you of course :)

    - Elyssa

  16. These look yummy…and I’d definitely add a little dark chocolate to mine! ;)

    - Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

  17. These look delicious and pretty! I just mixed up a batch of almond butter, perhaps I’ll roll a few in that and other in peanut butter – Yum!

    - kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS

  18. Love these little bites! So cute and love the puffed rice you used in them and pretzels and peanuts! Mmm, so good!

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  19. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t stop at just one of these ; )

    - Paula - bell'alimento

  20. These look delicious. What a great idea. I’m always looking for nutritious snacks for the family.


    - Linda @ Axiom at Home

  21. These look so tasty :) my husband would go crazy for these!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  22. These look so good! And so simple, too. Thanks for sharing! x

    - Emma

  23. I Love these but am having trouble making them stick together in balls. Any suggestions??

    - Lynn h

    • Lynn, I had the same problem. I couldn’t make them stick together in balls so I pressed the mixture into a baking pan so I could make bars. It still didn’t stick together. I was really disappointed because the mixture has very good flavor. I’d love some pointers so I could try this again.

      - Susan Sunde

  24. You make these little balls look SO good. Nobody can make them look as appetizing as you can. Really!

    They look awesome. :)

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  25. My family would be all over these! Delicious! Happy weekend, friend!

    - Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer

  26. How in the world does the peanut butter not get everywhere when you eat them?

    - Anna

  27. One word…. Awesome! My kids would love these.

    - Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

  28. These look awesome, Ali! I absolutely love how portable they are for snacks on-the-go. Yum!

    - Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

  29. These could be my favorite bite yet… love the trail mix!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  30. This look amazing! Perfect little balls of pick me up!

    - Angie

  31. These look so good Ali! I love when I can snack on something that is healthy!

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

  32. Like bars but in bowls. Love it!

    - Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

  33. These look like the perfect snack! I love the salty-sweet thing, too, and these have everything I love in them. These are a must make!

    - marcie@flavorthemoments

  34. You always have the best energy ball ideas! These look delicious!!!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  35. I looove these little bites!! Yum!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  36. These are amazeBAWLS! :) With summer quickly approaching, I need to hunt and gather good trail mix ideas. We have plans to hike, camp, and fish this summer, so these would be the perfect go to snack!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  37. These are so fun! I love the pretzels too…I have never added them to my energy bites before. And chia seeds – love! Must add next time!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  38. I love these little bites! So much easier to through in your mouth too! These look so yummy!

    - Tieghan

  39. Omg I love these!! I have a huge bag of puffed wheat in my pantry and I love mixing it with peanut butter, honey and dried cherries. I am loving all of your mixins!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  40. What a delicious healthy treat!

    - dessertfortwo