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 |

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  1. dessertfortwo — March 28, 2013 @ 7:39 am (#)

    What a delicious healthy treat!

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 28, 2013 @ 7:49 am (#)

    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!!

  3. Tieghan — March 28, 2013 @ 7:51 am (#)

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

  4. Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 28, 2013 @ 8:15 am (#)

    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!

  5. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 28, 2013 @ 8:42 am (#)

    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!

  6. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 28, 2013 @ 10:02 am (#)

    I looove these little bites!! Yum!

  7. Marie @ Little Kitchie — March 28, 2013 @ 10:06 am (#)

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

  8. marcie@flavorthemoments — March 28, 2013 @ 10:09 am (#)

    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!

  9. Like bars but in bowls. Love it!

  10. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 28, 2013 @ 2:16 pm (#)

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

  11. Angie — March 28, 2013 @ 2:22 pm (#)

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

  12. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 28, 2013 @ 6:50 pm (#)

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

  13. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — March 28, 2013 @ 11:02 pm (#)

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

  14. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 29, 2013 @ 10:23 am (#)

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

  15. Anna — March 29, 2013 @ 10:31 am (#)

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

  16. Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer — March 29, 2013 @ 10:36 am (#)

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

  17. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 29, 2013 @ 12:18 pm (#)

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

    They look awesome. :)

  18. Lynn h — March 29, 2013 @ 9:38 pm (#)

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

    • Susan Sunde — March 30, 2013 @ 9:21 pm (#)

      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.

  19. Emma — March 30, 2013 @ 6:51 am (#)

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

  20. Nutmeg Nanny — March 30, 2013 @ 4:37 pm (#)

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

  21. Linda @ Axiom at Home — March 31, 2013 @ 1:26 pm (#)

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


  22. Paula - bell'alimento — April 1, 2013 @ 1:10 pm (#)

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

  23. Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 1, 2013 @ 3:09 pm (#)

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

  24. kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS — April 1, 2013 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    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!

  25. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 1, 2013 @ 8:56 pm (#)

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

  26. Elyssa — April 2, 2013 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    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 :)

  27. Tasha — April 10, 2013 @ 5:25 pm (#)

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

  28. Margaret — April 14, 2013 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    I just made these … So easy and yummy!

  29. Lisa — April 21, 2013 @ 11:52 pm (#)

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

  30. Kelly @ — May 29, 2013 @ 6:43 pm (#)

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

    Pinning this now :)

  31. Lauren — September 9, 2013 @ 9:07 am (#)

    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!

  32. Melody Benschoter — January 7, 2014 @ 5:12 pm (#)


  33. Stacy — January 15, 2014 @ 4:59 pm (#)

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

    • Ali — April 4, 2014 @ 11:20 pm (#)

      Hi Stacy! You can substitute in any other sort of nut butter.

    • Michelle — May 24, 2014 @ 9:08 am (#)

      How about coconut butter as a substitute for nut butters?

    • Ali — May 24, 2014 @ 10:37 am (#)

      Hi Michelle,

      I’ve never tried coconut butter with these before, but it might work! If you give it a try, let me know how it goes. :)


  34. Mrs. Banks — March 16, 2014 @ 7:26 pm (#)

    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.

  35. Jacqui Lim — May 19, 2014 @ 9:54 pm (#)

    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.

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 3:04 pm (#)

      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!


  36. Sarah — July 12, 2014 @ 4:53 pm (#)

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

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 9:19 am (#)

      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!


  37. Allison — July 12, 2014 @ 10:19 pm (#)

    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?

    • Ali — July 13, 2014 @ 12:53 am (#)

      Good question — I used the crispy. I will be sure to note that in the recipe. Thanks, Allison!

  38. Elisabeth@Treasuring the — July 19, 2014 @ 12:29 pm (#)

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

  39. Deana — July 25, 2014 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    What is the calorie count?

  40. Noelle — February 2, 2015 @ 6:53 pm (#)

    is there a calorie count per piece? 

  41. Jenny — February 6, 2015 @ 10:16 am (#)

    I made these last night. I had some trouble getting them to stick so I added a tablespoon of organic coconut oil to my mix and it did the trick. Also helps to put the mix in the fridge first before rolling them into balls. 

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

    Did you soak your chia seeds?

  43. 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 9, 2015 @ 1:53 pm (#)

      Thanks for the suggestion Elizabeth!

  44. 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 21, 2015 @ 4:38 pm (#)

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

  45. 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 27, 2015 @ 12:42 pm (#)

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

  46. 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?

  47. 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 27, 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!

  48. 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 6, 2015 @ 11:35 am (#)

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


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