Trail Mix Bars
How to make Trail Mix Hiking Bars
I wanted to try and make something fast and easy to take hiking and backpacking. I had a bag of trail mix in the cupboard that has been there a while, figured I should use it up. I did not get very precise on measuring anything as I mixed it all up. But I think I can estimate quantities of ingredients good enough here.
The trail mix I used had every kind of nut imaginable in it. It also had M&M’s, chocolate covered raisins, and mixed dried fruits.
Here is How I did it:
- I used about 40% flour to trail mix ratio.
- 1 very heaping spoonful of margarine (see pic)
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp powdered sugar
- 2 tsp honey
I mixed it all in a bowl and tried to crunch up the mix as best as possible.
Then I flattened the mix into a greased baking pan, by putting a layer of waxed paper over it and pressing firmly.
With the oven preheated to 350 degrees they were ready to be baked for 15-20 minutes or so.
I think it might have been a good idea to blend the trail mix for a second or two. It would have given them a more consistent texture and flavor. Another thing I will do next time is to use a little bit less flour. I think that might make them a little more crunchy. They did hold together quite well though after cooling down. I cut them into bar shapes immediately after removing from the oven. About 15 minutes later they were pretty solid. Please leave comments below if you figure out a better way to make these. They could use a little more perfecting, but they were pretty good in the end.