Trail Mix Granola Breakfast Bars

These Trail Mix Granola Breakfast Bars are made with a banana-walnut layer mixed together with your favorite trail mix ingredients including chocolate chips, dried fruit, seeds and walnuts! The bars are naturally gluten free and are perfect for kids and adults.

a stack of three trail mix breakfast bars sitting on a baking rack

Breakfast is often the most challenging meal of the day. Whether you’re on the go or at home, you likely want to eat something that is quick, easy and nutritious. These baked bars are the perfect addition to breakfast or snack.

Why You’ll Love Them

These Trail Mix Granola Breakfast Bars are simple, delicious and packed with goodness. They are the perfect option for breakfast on-the-go or a snack to refuel throughout the day. They contain healthy omegas, protein and fiber. The recipe yields a crunchy texture and nutty flavor.

You can easily swap out the mix-in ingredients for something else you love.

Ingredients You Need

ingredients for trail mix granola breakfast bars
  • Base – The base of these bars requires oats and a banana.
  • Granola Mix-ins – Walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins or cranberries, pepitas.
  • Sweetener – Maple syrup is preferred, although you can substitute with brown sugar or honey, if desired.
  • Spices – Vanilla, cinnamon and salt add flavor.
  • Oil – Coconut oil works best.
  • Leavening agent – Egg, baking power and baking soda.

Equipment You Need

  • Square baking pan or dish
  • Food processor to puree the walnuts. You can also use a blender.
  • Large bowl
  • Spatula
mixing together ingredients for granola breakfast bars in a bowl

Steps to Make Granola Breakfast Bars

These granola bars come together with a few easy steps.

  1. First, pulse 1/2 cup of the walnuts in a food processor. Then, mash the banana in a large bowl with a fork.
  2. Add remaining wet ingredients to the bowl.
  3. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add pureed walnuts, oats, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Stir everything to combine.
  6. Fold in half of the chocolate chips, raisins and pepitas. Fold in 2 tablespoons of the walnuts.
  7. Pour the mixture into a square baking pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts and pepitas on top.
  8. Bake and slice into small bars.
breakfast bars in a baking dish

Other Mix-ins

Feel free to experiment with other flavor combinations by including your favorite trail mix ingredients. Substitute 1-1 for any of the mix-ins.

  • Dried Fruit – You can mix in any dried fruit, including dried cherries, diced dried mango, or chopped dried banana chips.
  • Peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips
  • Nuts – Use other nuts like brazil nuts, peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc.
  • Seeds – Other seeds like sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc.
cut trail mix breakfast bars

Make a batch at the beginning of the week and enjoy throughout the week. They store well and taste great anytime.

Kids and adults love these granola breakfast bars and in less than 30 minutes, you have a crunchy tasty treat that is good for you too!

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a stack of three trail mix breakfast bars sitting on a baking rack

Trail Mix Breakfast Bars

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
These bars are great for breakfast or snack and are ready in 25 minutes!
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup walnuts, divided
  • 1 medium ripe banana, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup raisins or cranberries, or a mix of both
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Pulse ½ cup walnuts into small pieces in a food processor.
  • In a large bowl, mash banana with a fork. Add maple syrup, coconut oil, egg and vanilla extract. Whisk until well incorporated. Add the pureed walnuts, oats, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir to combine. Fold in half of the chocolate chips, raisins and pepitas. Fold in 2 tablespoons of the walnuts.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Using a rubber spatula, smooth into an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts and pepitas on top.
  • Bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Slice into small bars and enjoy!

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Notes

STORAGE
Store the bars at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 120mg, Potassium: 207mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 1.4mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
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This recipe was originally published in 2018. It was updated with new process photos and tips in March 2021.

2 comments on “Trail Mix Granola Breakfast Bars”

  1. What an easy and absolutely tasty recipe. I substituted the maple syrup for honey, just lovely.  Thanks for sharing!

  2. delicious

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