Trail Mix Energy Bites

Trail mix energy bites made with all the trail mix essentials – almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, chocolate chips and more. Make these energy bites in minutes in your food processor, then hit the trails!

Trail Mix Energy Bites - clean and healthy energy bites made with all the trappings of your favorite trail mix. This easy snack recipe is paleo, vegan, and only takes a few minutes to make! |

There are still many warm months ahead, which means more time on trails, which means more trail snacks, which means: trail mix.

I may not be very conventional in my eating habits (I eat non-”breakfast” foods for breakfast, like salmon and roasted vegetables, or stir fry veggies and rice, and consider tuna salad on crackers to be a perfectly acceptable “second dinner”), but trail mix has been and always will be a must when it comes to outdoor activity. AND indoor lounging. Let’s face it: trail mix is life. 

Energy bites (or balls, if you will) are on constant rotation in my home. When I finish a batch, I make another one, always going for a different flavor. They take mere minutes to make, are a great lower-sugar snack, and are easy to pack up and take with you anywhere you go.

So for this rendition of energy bites, we’re taking the trail mix approach, incorporating your classic trail mix ingredients with almond butter and dates for a convenient trail mix explosion.

Let’s whip them out!

How to Make Trail Mix Energy Bites:

You have a couple of options when it comes to making these bites. You can either use 3 cups of store-bought prepared trail mix, or follow the recipe below to make your own trail mix.

Once you have your trail mix, add it to a food processor along with pitted medjool dates, almond butter, and a pinch of sea salt. Process it in the food processor until a thick, sticky dough-like mixture forms.

How to Make Energy Bites out of Trail Mix

Form the mixture into balls. You can make any size you’d like! I make 20 balls out of the mixture, which are a pretty decent size.

Store the energy bites in a zip lock bag or sealable container in the refrigerator or freezer. I keep mine in the freezer and take them out to pack them up for a hike or to pop them in my mouth as a mid-day snack.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Swap any of the nuts and seeds according to your preference.
  • Use peanut butter instead of almond butter for an even more authentic trail mix flavor.
  • Use white chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet or dark.
  • Turn these into trail mix bars! To do so, press the mixture into an 8” x 8” square baking dish lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into bars and enjoy immediately or save for later.

Trail Mix Energy Bites - a clean, vegan, paleo snack recipe made with trail mix, dates, and almond butter. This easy recipe comes together in just a few minutes! |

What are your favorite trail mix ingredients? I’d love to know what add-ins are must-haves for your trail mixing pleasure!

Trail mix balls for life!

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If you make these Trail Mix Energy Bites, please feel free to share a photo and tag @TheRoastedRoot on Instagram!

Trail Mix Energy Bites - clean and healthy energy bites made with all the trappings of your favorite trail mix. This easy snack recipe is paleo, vegan, and only takes a few minutes to make! |

Trail Mix Energy Bites

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, grain free, paleo, snack, vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20 balls
Author: Julia

Trail mix energy bites made with nuts, seeds, chocolate, almond butter and dates



  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy unsweetened almond butter
  • 7 large pitted medjool dates


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until a thick sticky dough forms.

  2. Form balls of any desired size out of the mixture. I make 20 medium-sized bites. Store in a sealable container or bag in the refrigerator or freezer.

Recipe Notes

You can replace everything except for the dates and almond butter with 3 cups store-bought trail mix.

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  1. Shirley

    These Energy Bites helped me get through a 15 hour day at work. They are so tasty, I had to use some discipline to keep from eating too many at one time. Wonderful recipe Julia. Wonderfully addicting too!


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