Trail Mix Bites. No Bake. Fully Loaded.

“Climb the mountains and their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off you like autumn leaves”

– John Muir

Get up. Get out there. Nature does wonders for the body and soul. Now is the time to enjoy it in all its glory. High peaks and little treats – is there anything sweeter?


These sweet little bites take moments to throw together and last for a few weeks in the fridge. They travel well and pack a load of energy to help you reach the summit – because, lets face it, motivation comes from good snacks. Vegan & Gluten Free. 


3/4 cup whole almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup cacao nibs (or chopped dark chocolate)
3 tablespoons all natural peanut butter (or other nut butter)
Pinch sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4-1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
a few tablespoon water ( if needed)


Add the almonds and sunflower seeds to the bowl of a food processor and pulse together a few times until it resembles a coarse meal

Add the rest of the ingredients (except the coconut) and pulse everything until the mixture comes together. It should look a bit crumbly bit stick together when pressed between your fingers. If its seems to dry add a tablespoon of water or an extra tablespoon of nut butter.

Spread the coconut out in a thin layer on a plate

Roll the mixture into tablespoon size balls and roll around in the shredded coconut to coat

Cover and keep chilled in the fridge

Let me in on your kitchen creations – tag your photos #happyheartedkitchen and share the love!


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    Shelley Ludman
    September 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    YUM! Will definitely need to make these for NK’s next cycling mission…

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    September 27, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Tomorrow I am teaching a gardening course where I always serve lunch too. One of the participants is on a raw food diet, so I was at a loss what to make for her until I found your recipe. I made the bites today, only substituting a little cold-pressed sunflower oil for the peanut butter (I think that is not raw when the peanuts are roasted?). They are delicious and I will definitely make them again. Thank you for the recipe!

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      Jodi Kay
      September 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Hi there! So happy you tried and liked these little bites! You’re right, if the peanuts are roasted its not ‘raw’ but you can buy all natural nut butters made with raw nuts – just check the ingredients! Have a great time tomorrow, thank you for commenting :)

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    November 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Jodi,
    I just made these and they are phenomenal! I have made quite a few different energy bite recipes, and these are by far my favourite! Thank you for the delicious recipe. I have saved many of your other recipes and I look forward to making them. Thanks again,

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      Jodi Kay
      November 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Thank YOU, Alannah! I am so happy you enjoyed these little gems, they are one of my favorites too! Really appreciate your kind comments!

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    March 28, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Our chocolates are made with simple, pure ingredients, healthy, delicious. We blend superior raw, organic ingredients and never contain gluten, dairy, soy or processed sugar. Our chocolates are all handcrafted in small batches in Bend, Oregon.

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    January 14, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Can I substitute the sunflower seeds with another type of nut?, like pecans or walnuts?

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      January 29, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      Hi there – I think you can definitely play around with all that. As long as you keep the nut/seed amount the same it should all work!

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    Linda Small
    January 25, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    These sound so good! Is it possible to make them using a blender? I don’t have a food processor.

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      January 29, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Linda! The mixture is quite thick so it would need to be a powerful blender but I think it would work. You might need to stop often to scrap down the sides to make sure everything gets mixed in. Worth a shot! x

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