These healthy trail mix energy cups make an awesome nut-free, vegan, and gluten-free snack, while being a great source of protein, fibre and omega 3’s! The perfect option for back to school or as a pre-workout snack!
Throughout the months of August and September, I get bombarbed by a whole rush of moms looking for nut-free snacks for back-to-school lunches.
And I’m not joking when I say a rush.
Last year, I had a giant mob of moms around me for a cooking demonstration that I was doing for healthy nut-free back to school snack ideas.
They were practically tripping over each other just to get some recipes.
Ohh that dreaded time when you’re scouring the grocery store to find school-friendly snacks the day before school starts, and it seems like EVERYTHING contains nuts.
And the ones that don’t contain nuts are usually highly processed, and not something we want to be feeding the kids anyways.
Just can’t win.
In order to prepare myself for the mob, I’ve started experimenting with recipes early.
Actually, I was really experimenting for snacks for a sports nutrition theme that I had going on at work, and decided to make it nut-free as well to kill two birds with one stone.
The athletic individuals and the anxious nut-free moms.
Everyone needs healthy snacks, right?
That’s when these trail mix energy cups were born.
Packed full of Hemp Hearts, they are a great source of protein, fibre and omega 3s.
I’ve also incorporated sunflower seed butter to make it a nut-free option, but feel free to sub in a nut butter if you prefer nuts.
Then you can basically incorporate some tasty add-ins to make it just like the name.
Trail mix energy cups.
I strongly recommend that you make a batch.
I like to evenly distribute the mixture into reusable silicone baking cups because all you have to do is stick them in the freezer and then 30 minutes later, pop them out of the silicone molds.
I’m not a big fan of cutting bars.
I just don’t have the patience for the crumbly mess, let alone the uneven bars.
I’ve never been great at cutting straight.
It drives me crazzzzy when the bars are not equal sizes.
Yes, a bit of a perfectionist.
That’s why I’d rather pack it in and then pop it out.
AND not to mention, perfectly portion-controlled.
This is a great recipe to have on hand whether you’re an active individual, a mom looking for nut-free snacks to send to school or events, or generally just a hungry person.
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup sunflower seed butter (or peanut/almond butter if you prefer)
- 1 cup Hemp Hearts
- ⅓ cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (optional)
- ¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
- Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Evenly distribute the mixture between 16 silicone cupcake holders in a muffin tin and press the mixture down with a spatula or the back of a spoon until smooth.
- Top with desired toppings.
- Place muffin tin in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
- Once frozen, pop each cup out of the silicone mold.
- Store the cups in a ziploc bag or container in the fridge or freezer.