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Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars

These no-bake Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars are the perfect sweet & salty snack for on-the-go!

Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars

When the weather starts to get warmer, I am all about making no-bake treats so I don’t have to heat up the kitchen. And these Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars are the perfect snack bar made with crisp rice cereal, peanut butter, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms and dipped in chocolate! These bars are defiantly loaded up with all my favorites from the delicious traditional trail mix.

And that’s the best thing about these bars, is that you can add any of your trail mix favorites, or you can leave out all the mix-ins and simply just make peanut butter chocolate bar. The options are endless, and that’s why they’re the perfect snack!

Trail Mix Bar Recipe

These bars are easiest snack bars I have ever made, all you need is crisp rice cereal, creamy peanut butter, light corn syrup, pretzels, peanuts, and M&Ms. I mixed everything up in a large mixing bowl and pressed them into a large baking pan. I used a piece of waxed paper to spread the bars evenly in the pan but you could  also use a spatula sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

I placed the pan in the fridge for about 5 minutes to make them easier to cut into squares. I melted some semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave and dipped the bottom of each bar in the chocolate.YUM! Once all the bars are dipped into chocolate, place them back in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate sets before enjoying! 🙂

And that’s it, now it’s time to enjoy these delicious sweet & salty snack bars. Trust me, they won’t last very long!

Here is step-by-step on how to make these Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars:

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Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars

Yield: 24 Bars

Total Time: 20 minutes

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 5 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup miniature M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate


Line one 15in x 10in pan with waxed paper. Set aside.

In a large microwave-safe bowl combine the sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on hight for 2 minutes. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

Stir in peanut butter until blended. Add cereal, pretzels, peanuts, and M&Ms; stir until coated.

Press into prepared pan, using a piece of waxed paper or a spatula sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Place in refrigerator for 5 minutes, this will make cutting the bars into squares much easier. Once cooled, cut bars into squares.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute; stirring until completely smooth. Dip the bottom of each bar into chocolate and place back on baking pan. Once all bars are dipped into chocolate, place pan back into refrigerator for 10 minutes, to let the chocolate set before serving.

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44 Responses to “Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars”

  1. Bethany — April 16, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Could you just pour the melted chocolate over the top, back in the fridge and then cut? Looking to eliminate a step!! 🙂

    • Jenn — April 16th, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

      Yes you can! I’m all about making things as EASY as possible. 🙂

  2. Karli — September 30, 2014 at 1:01 am

    We made these for a baby shower a few weeks ago and they were so good! Almost like a Reese’s but with more crunch and tasted even better 🙂  I also did your snicker doodle cupcakes as well but added some banana.  Yum!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — September 30th, 2014 @ 8:38 am


      I’m so glad you like my Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars, and I totally agree that they taste like Reese’s with a crunch! 🙂 And my Snickerdoodle cupcakes are one of my all-time favorite recipes on my blog! 🙂 🙂

  3. Michal — September 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Yum! this looks fantastic!

  4. BruCrew Life — May 27, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I love that you dipped these bad boys in chocolate… Perfection! 😉

  5. Taking On Magazines — May 21, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I LOVE this recipe and have pinned it so I can make it this summer. It’ll make my daughter so happy!

  6. Nutmeg Nanny — May 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

    These bars look great! Jam packed with goodies 🙂

  7. Connie | URBAN BAKES — May 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    This would be dangerous to have in my home. Sweet and salty snacks always disappear quick!

  8. Coleen (@TheRedheadBaker) — May 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    No-bake and loaded with sweet and salty goodness? Yum!

  9. Meredith Steele — May 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

    If I ate processed food I would jump on these fast! So colorful!

  10. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — May 20, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I’m loving that salty/sweet combo. These look awesome! I’ll definitely be making them to bring to the pool this summer.

  11. themondaybox — May 20, 2014 at 9:04 am

    These look great! Crunchy, sweet , and salty all in one! The chocolate dip makes these bars extra special. 🙂 Pinned to make soon!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 21st, 2014 @ 11:03 am

      I totally agree dipping these bars in chocolate makes them the best bars ever! 🙂

  12. foodyschmoody — May 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    My husband and kids would go nuts for these

  13. Susan P. (@littleredkitchn) — May 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    The best of trail mix in bar form and your photos are gorgeous!

  14. foodwanderings — May 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    The kids would be all over these party in a bar and probably would not stop at one.

  15. Ginny McMeans — May 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Love, love, love! I can not wait to give these a try!

  16. Samantha — May 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    You had me at peanut butter! I can’t get enough of the stuff, especially when it is with chocolate and m&m’s 😉

  17. Trish - Mom On Timeout — May 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    These are just awesome Jenn! Love that you dipped them – my boys go crazy for that 🙂 Pinned!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 21st, 2014 @ 11:02 am

      Thanks for the pin, Trish! 🙂

  18. Back for Seconds — May 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    These sound awesome! What a great idea!

  19. Tiffany — May 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    do you think honey might work in place of corn syrup?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 20th, 2014 @ 6:35 pm

      Yes, you could use honey instead of corn syrup! 🙂

  20. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I need to have these around to snack on in the afternoons!

  21. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — May 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I haven’t made bars like these in such a long time! They’re definitely on the list for the next time the grandkids come to visit.

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 21st, 2014 @ 11:01 am

      Enjoy, your grand kids will love them! 🙂

  22. Brenda@SugarFreeMom — May 19, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Homemade always rules ion my house. Then we can make variations and it’s a lot less expensive and I can avoid tree nuts and use sunflower butter for my little guy. Yours looks really good!

  23. Amy @Very Culinary — May 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Homemade trail mix and bars are the best. Can’t beat a sweet/salty combo. These look awesome!

  24. Brooke @ Piggy Bank Savers — May 19, 2014 at 9:47 am

    My kids would LOVE these! Perfect on the go snack for summer!

  25. Sarah Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — May 19, 2014 at 9:27 am

    My kids would love these!

  26. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — May 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

    My daughter would go absolutely BANANAS for these!

  27. foodlikecake — May 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

    These look delicious! I love the m&ms and pretzels combination 🙂

  28. Alyssa — May 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Have you ever had Kudos bars? That’s what these remind me of! I’m loving them, Jenn!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 17th, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

      Thanks, Alyssa! I have never had a Kudos bar, but if they are anything like these delicious bars I need to try one ASAP! 🙂

    • Julie — May 19th, 2014 @ 11:49 am

      That was my thought exactly – I used to love those bars!

  29. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — May 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Yum! These bars look delicious, and so colorful too! Love the flavors. Pinned!

  30. Michelle { A Latte Food } — May 16, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look just fantastic! I love the use of sweet and salty =)

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