I used to make my own trail mix allllll the time. Mostly because I couldn’t find one with 1) non-junky ingredients 2) without tons of added sugar AND 3) that I could bring on a whole week of vacation for my hiking/skiing family to go through without spending tons of $$$ on it. Plus, I’m stubborn (shocker, I know) and wanted to make my own with all my favorite ingredients that I already had an hand. Umm…I’d call that a no-brainer?
Here’s the best part about trail mix…you don’t even really need a recipe. Just chuck a bunch of snack-like things in a giant bowl in whatever quantities you want, mix it up (with your hands, obviously, so it’s made with love) and adjust to your liking. Feeling tropical? Throw some macadamia nuts, dried pineapple and roasted coconut chips in there. How about decadent? Throw in some dark chocolate chips.
There are a couple keys to making a great trail mix:
1) if you take a handful, you want to have a little of everything to be there – so adjust your quantities accordingly.
2) choose high-quality ingredients, like raw (not roasted + salted) nuts and dried fruit without added sugar (you’re sweet enough already, my friend!)
So what’s inside my mix this time? Superfoods, Omega 3’s, Antioxidants, protein and healthy fats to keep you full (oh my!) Oh wait, you mean ingredients…right. Almonds, Cashews, and Walnuts (all my favorites!), Pumpkin Seeds, A mix of cranberries and dried blueberries, roasted coconut, and my new favorite snack: Foodie Fuel – these cute little nut and seed bites in awesome flavors like Cinnamon Ginger and Butter Toffee (for REAL). When I pick my snacks (like I said above, duh!), they’ve gotta be no-junk allowed, always gluten-free/mostly paleo-friendly, and top-notch. Current favorites: Coconut Vanilla and Swiss Chocolate, which are both AMAZING in this trail mix!
Oh, and a pro tip: portion your trail mix out into serving sized bags. Because this mix is TOO GOOD to not keep going handful-on-handful back into the giant bag/bowl – which can easily turn into an entire meal, not just a snack to keep you going when you’re hiking/skiing/reaching for a healthier snack in the cabinet.
- Pumpkin seeds
- Roasted coconut chips (I like the ones from Trader Joe’s!)
- Dried cranberries
- Dried Blueberries
- 1 bag Foodie Fuel(Vanilla Coconut or Swiss Chocolate)
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. I used about 1 cup each of the nuts/seeds and ½ cup each of the dried fruit.
- Divide into individual serving-size bags and take with you on all your adventures!
This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with Mambo Sprouts and Foodie Fuel. All thoughts and opinions are my own!