The name of the game this week: healthy, portable, cutlery-free, security scan-safe snacking that tastes better than anything you’ll find in an airport.

One of the recent recipe requests I got was from a reader named Marie. She asked for a few sweet but healthy snacks she could pack for an upcoming trip, and her ask couldn’t have been more timely.

As luck would have it, while my LA trip had to be postponed, it just so happens that I’ll be off to Chicago next month. (Not for vacation though – it’s to geek out at an email marketing conference.) I figured it would be a great time to test out some new homemade granola bars, and regardless of whether you’re hopping on a plane, I think you’ll like these too!

DIY Fruit and Nut 'Birdseed' Bars | No-bake, gluten free, dairy free, and a totally healthy travel snack to keep you eating clean on the go! | Eat Spin Run Repeat | #travel #eatclean #vegan #glutenfree

If you’ve made any of my previous granola bars, it probably won’t take long to realize that I like to use the same base recipe and tweak the mix-ins depending on the flavours I’m craving. In these DIY Fruit and Nut ‘Birdseed’ Bars, the name says it all – we’re going wild on the fruit, nuts and seeds! Pumpkin, chia, hemp, sunflower, sesame – so many healthy fats, fiber, skin-nourishing vitamin E, not to mention awesome texture and flavour, too.

DIY Fruit and Nut 'Birdseed' Bars | No-bake, gluten free, dairy free, and a totally healthy travel snack to keep you eating clean on the go! | Eat Spin Run Repeat | #travel #eatclean #vegan #glutenfree

I used almond butter as one of my binding ingredients, but if you prefer, you can swap this for another fairly neutral-tasting nut butter (not peanut) or sunflower seed butter. The version I made with tahini didn’t quite stick together as well, but could be used in a pinch.

Regardless of your nut butter choice, these beauties are super convenient for travel (even if that’s just on your daily commute), and require zero baking time. Simply mix, press them in a pan, freeze to set, then chop them into bars. They also freeze well when individually wrapped and stored in a sealed container. Double batch? Sounds like a good idea to me!

DIY Fruit and Nut 'Birdseed' Bars | No-bake, gluten free, dairy free, and a totally healthy travel snack to keep you eating clean on the go! | Eat Spin Run Repeat | #travel #eatclean #vegan #glutenfree

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DIY Fruit and Nut ‘Birdseed’ Bars

DIY Fruit and Nut 'Birdseed' Bars | No-bake, gluten free, dairy free, and a totally healthy travel snack to keep you eating clean on the go! | Eat Spin Run Repeat | #travel #eatclean #vegan #glutenfree

Don’t get caught hangry: These easy DIY Fruit and Nut ‘Birdseed’ Bars are must-haves on your crazy days. (They’re also healthier and far more delish than store-bought granola bars!)

  • Author: Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
  • Prep Time: 15 mins (+ freezing)
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 bars
  • Category: snack
  • Method: no-bake

Ingredients

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown crispy rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup EACH raw cashew halves or pieces, slivered almonds and pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp EACH chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried fruit (I used dried cranberries and apricots)

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey, if not vegan)
  • 1/3 cup natural organic almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Line a pan (about 8×8″) with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Let the parchment hang over the edges so that you can use them as handles later. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients except the dried fruit.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the brown rice syrup, maple syrup and almond butter until warm and smooth.
  • Once the consistency of the wet mixture is thin, switch off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry bowl, stirring well to incorporate and coat as much of the dry ingredients as possible.
  • Finally, stir in the dried fruit.
  • Press the granola into the lined baking pan in an even layer, spreading it into all four corners. (It helps to use the back of a flipper to ensure the layer is as smooth and flat as possible.)
  • Set the pan in the freezer for 2-3 hours and allow the dough to firm up. (They’re easiest to cut when they’re semi-frozen.)
  • When ready, slice with a sharp knife and wrap individually. Store in the fridge, or freeze in a sealed container.

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DIY Fruit and Nut 'Birdseed' Bars | No-bake, gluten free, dairy free, and a totally healthy travel snack to keep you eating clean on the go! | Eat Spin Run Repeat | #travel #eatclean #vegan #glutenfree

DIY Fruit and Nut 'Birdseed' Bars | No-bake, gluten free, dairy free, and a totally healthy travel snack to keep you eating clean on the go! | Eat Spin Run Repeat | #travel #eatclean #vegan #glutenfree
DIY Fruit and Nut 'Birdseed' Bars | No-bake, gluten free, dairy free, and a totally healthy travel snack to keep you eating clean on the go! | Eat Spin Run Repeat | #travel #eatclean #vegan #glutenfree
DIY Fruit and Nut 'Birdseed' Bars | No-bake, gluten free, dairy free, and a totally healthy travel snack to keep you eating clean on the go! | Eat Spin Run Repeat | #travel #eatclean #vegan #glutenfree

A few more travel-friendly picks:

Low Sugar Blackberry Banana Coconut Chia Parfaits || #healthy #breakfast #dessert #paleo #collagen || Eat Spin Run Repeat

Blackberry Banana Chia Pudding Parfaits

No-Bake Almond Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars || #vegan #glutenfree || Eat Spin Run Repeat

No-Bake Almond Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Healthy holiday hostess gift idea: Easy Dark Chocolate Superfood Cups || Eat Spin Run Repeat || #paleo #vegan

Dark Chocolate Superfood Cups

Raspberry Almond Coconut Chia Pudding | a low-sugar, vegan + paleo, high-fiber recipe to improve digestion, hydrate the skin and fight inflammation | Angela Simpson, Eat Spin Run Repeat | #antiinflammatory #chia #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

Raspberry Almond Coconut Chia Pudding

Often the convenient portable snacks we choose tend to be on the sweet side, like protein bars and energy bites. While they seem to be a healthy choice, those grams of sugar can creep up. Whether you're craving sweet or savoury, here are two DIY trail mixes - Health Nut's Indulgence and Taj Mahal Mix - both of which have less sugar than many store-bought options. Recipes via Eat Spin Run Repeat // @eatspinrunrpt

Sweet or Savoury Trail Mix – 2 ways

So tell me… what are your favourite travel snacks?