Thursday, 26 June 2014

Chex Trail Mix Bars

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When summer comes, we like to hit the road for day trips, fishing trips or camping trips and all those other things that the season is all about. We are always up for any adventure that gets us outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather.
And it seems that we are always in needs of snacks to keep us fueled for whatever the day brings. 
One of our favourite go-to homemade & healthy snacks are trail mix bars, which I make in a large 9x13 pan and cut into large pieces and wrap in wax paper. These bars are a delicious blend of crunchy, salty, and sweet and are also very addictive too! 
Chex cereal is the base for these crazy good bars. I love using Chex because it is gluten-free which means that my daughter, who is gluten-sensitive, can enjoy them as well. And with other healthy ingredients like dried fruit, they can also double as a breakfast or lunch if needed. They are easy to mix up and lend themselves well to a whole range additions such as hemp, chia seeds and almost healthy add in you like.

Chex Trail Mix Bars
{makes a 9 x13 pan}

3-4 cups Chex cereal
1 cup shredded coconut
1  1/2 cups muesli mix
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup coconut oil

1. Butter a 9 x 13 pan. Set aside. In large pot, melt coconut oil completely. Add Chex cereal, coconut, muesli mix, raisins, craisins, and chocolate chips.
2.  Mix all ingredients gently until they are complete coated in melted coconut oil.
3. Pour into 9 x 13 pan and pat gently. Let cool completely. The coconut oil should return to a solid state and hold everything together. Cut into bars. Wrap in waxed paper if desired.
 These bars are a little crumbly, but that just makes them extra good to eat!
I really like to make a batch or two of these bars to take camping because they are really satisfying and fill up my busy fisherman when they are in a hurry to get out on the lake. 
Plus, when you make bars at home, you have complete control over the ingredients and know exactly what goes into them. Chex is a healthy alternative to use as a base for these bars, which is full of nutritious foods. And when kept in a covered container or tin, these bars hold up well and don't dry out easily...which is perfect for busy summer days!

If you are looking for more camping recipes, 
don't forget to check out my Pinterest board full of recipes  HERE.

Disclosure: I am part of the Summer With Chex Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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