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Woodland Critter Munchie Bars!! So yummy and EASY to make

Let’s be honest here- it can be hard to come up with healthy snacks.

Personally, I get burned out on eating the same thing over and over again. You can only have so much fruit before you just hate bananas for a period of time. Plus, with winter in full swing, that healthy produce can skyrocket in price! I mean, yes, health is important. You want to keep your body in tip-topity-shape. BUT, when you have a grocery budget, and you have a large family, you HAVE to weigh out costs when it comes to food.

Enter the beloved trail mix.

Trail mix is a favorite of mine. In the bulk bins at my local grocery, it goes on sale often, but even at full price I can usually find some variation that is cost effective and provides a large bundle. 

This past weekend, my toddler was complaining about snacks. He didn’t want fruit (he wanted lollipops), and he straight up refused my lovely trail mix. So I rephrased the question. I asked, “Would you like some critter munch? Like what the birdies and the squirrels eat?” (The idea sprouted from my subconscious thought that when I eat trail mix I might as well be eating bird feed.) That got his attention. With a triumphant YES he was willing to try this “new” snack. I grabbed some peanut butter and mixed it with my trail mix…and he ate it. Not all of it, mind you, but enough that it was considered a success in my book.

And so the “Woodland Critter Munchie Bars” were born!

Woodland Critter Munchie Bars are a healthy snack for kids!

Now, this recipe is delightfully EASY, and also wonderfully versatile. You can use ANY type of trail mix, and adjust the ratios of peanut butter if you want. For the bars, I added coconut oil to help it stiffen up in the fridge, but YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO MAKE BARS. Just throw some trail mix in a cup and toss with peanut butter. Done.

I also like that there’s no added flour (or sugar!), but keep in mind that because of the absence of the white stuff, these bars most likely won’t cut into perfect little squares. That’s okay with me though, because healthy doesn’t always have to equal pretty.

It tastes damn good, and that’s the point. A full and happy tummy!

I also love that these didn’t need any sugar syrup either- because my trial mix of choice had chewy raisins in them, it had all the sweetness it needed. Raisins are natures candy remember!?

This healthy snack is really a winner in the healthy category too– my mix has almonds, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, raisins, and peanuts. With my homemade peanut butter and the coconut oil, this offers a wide variety of healthy fats, protein, fiber, and disease-fighting minerals such as zinc, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous. Score!

So channel your woodland critter and get your munch on!

Related: Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie Granola Bars (With Chocolate Chips!)

Woodland Critter Munchie Bars (Flour-less, Vegan, & Gluten-Free Snack!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of trail mix- about 3 C (Mine had raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and brazil nuts)
  • 2/3 C peanut butter (homemade is best, but you can also use natural with no added sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil (I LOVE the Dr. Bronners coconut oil!)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together until combined well.
  2. Line an 8×8 square dish with parchment paper for easy removal.
  3. Pour mixture into dish and press down firmly.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour  or overnight (for quicker bars, pop in the freezer for about 20 minutes).

Critter Munch for your kiddos!

Woodland Critter Munchie Bars (Flour-less, Vegan, & Gluten Free!)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb of trail mix- about 3 C (Mine had raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and brazil nuts)
  2. 2/3 C peanut butter (homemade is best, but you can also use natural with no added sugar)
  3. 2 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil (I LOVE the Dr. Bronners coconut oil!)
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together until combined well.
  2. Line an 8x8 square dish with parchment paper for easy removal.
  3. Pour mixture into dish and press down firmly.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight (for quicker bars, pop in the freezer for about 20 minutes).
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Woodland Critter Munchie Bars!! So yummy and EASY to make

What kind of healthy snacks do you feed your toddler? Share in the comments below!

randi

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Yummmmm

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Hi Randi,
Critter Munch is a really creative way to get a toddler to eat healthy snacks! You’re brilliant. Thanks for sharing this healthy treat at the Plant-Based Potluck! Pinning!

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