These healthy trail mix muffins have all your favorite flavors of trail mix without all the mess. Perfect for on-the-go and vacations.
Hey there! My name is Holly, and I run a health and wellness blog called Happy Food Healthy Life, where I talk about all things women need to know about getting healthy. I share fitness tips, ways to get emotional healthy, and of course healthy recipes to make sure you’re getting all the energy you need to be the best version of yourself every single day.
So I am thrilled to be sharing my recipes with you each and every month here!
I’m so fortunate to live in the state of Utah, where it’s easy to be active in the summertime. There are a number of paved trails right in my own neighborhood that are perfect for bike rides. Plus I have mountains just 15 minutes away from my house that lend way to some amazing hikes.
But being out and about gives me one problem. Snacks! I’m always having to prepare for days when I’m not going to be at home to prepare a healthy snack. And of course, I don’t want to be stuck grabbing for something unhealthy at a convenience store.
One of my favorite healthy snacks is trail mix. But there are two very big problems with trail mix:
- You can’t really add chocolate to trail mix in the summer time because of the heat-factor. Total messy (although delicious) fail.
- You grab a handful of trail mix, put it to your mouth, and seriously, I think only half of it makes it into my mouth. The rest is on the ground, all over my shirt, or even better… the car is covered in it at this point. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about.
So, trail mix is not really the neatest snack there is. But it is still tasty, so I knew I needed to come up with a solution that wasn’t chocoloatey and wouldn’t fall all over the place.
And that is how these trail mix muffins were born. All the delicious flavors of trail mix (with just one or two optional dark chocolate chips on the top) in muffin form. And of course, no added sugar. No junk ingredients. Just whole food that will keep your energy up for all the fun activities you and your family have going on this summer.
- 3 cups bran flakes
- 2 cups almond milk (or other milk of your choice)
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup oats, slightly ground - not into a flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup agave
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips for topping, optional
- In a large mixing bowl, combine bran flake cereal and milk of your choice. Set aside and let sit while cereal softens.
- Combine flax seed and water in a small bowl and put in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Stir together flour, oats, baking powder, chia, and salt in a medium bowl.
- In the cereal mixture, add flax+water mixture, agave, and applesauce. Stir to combine completely. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Gently stir in peanuts and raisins.
- Portion evenly into 24 2 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups coated with cooking spray or coconut oil. Muffin cups should be filled about halfway full. If you'd like, top with one or two dark chocolate chips.
- Bake at 400° F about 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.
Without added preservatives, these muffins only last about 5-7 days. To optimize the time the last, keep them in an air-tight container or ziploc bag in the refrigerator. If you aren't able to use all muffins in this time, feel free to freeze in a freezer-safe container or bag until you're ready to eat them. Let thaw in the refrigerator when ready to use.
Holly shares healthy recipes, motivation, and fitness tips over at Happy Food Healthy Life. Be sure to grab her free recipe book, 20 Healthy Snacks that Don’t Taste Like Cardboard, for more ideas on keeping your family and yourself as healthy as you can!