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Trail Mix Bars Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Easy to make trail mix bars are full of pretzels, cheerios, m&ms, chocolate chips, and nuts. They're held together with a homemade syrup. Perfect as a lunchbox snack.


  • 3 1/2 cups Cheerios
  • 3/4 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup pretzel sticks broken into pieces
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp salted butter


  • In a large bowl, combine cheerios, peanuts, m&m's, chocolate chips and broken pretzel sticks.
    Trail mix bars ingredients in a bowl.
  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add corn syrup, butter and brown sugar. Stir until bubbling and melted.
    Syrup in a dutch oven.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes until it’s cool enough not to melt the chocolate. Pour over the cereal mix and stir gently to combine. Press into a greased 9x13-inch dish.
    syrup being poured over cereal mixture for trail mix bars
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before cutting into squares.
    Trail mix treat bars cut into squares.


  1. Use your favorite trail mix mix0ins. Consider dried fruit or other fun ingredients.
  2. After making the sugar syrup, wait until it cools enough not to melt your m&ms and chocolate chips before mixing it into your ingredients. It will still be runny enough when cool so don’t worry about it hardening quickly.
  3. Stir everything together gently.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting and serving. If you refrigerate for 2-3 hours it will be less likely to fall apart.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

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