Homemade trail mix

This homemade trail mix recipe is the perfect option to have at home for those afternoons when you get a little hungry, to send in the kids’ lunchbox, or to take in your bag on your next hike.

homemade trail mix

What is trail mix?

Trail mix, also known as hiking mix or mountain mix, is a combination of dry ingredients, commonly used as an energy and nutritional food to be consumed during outdoor activities.

Trail mix usually includes a variety of ingredients such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate, cereal, and sometimes pieces of crackers or pretzels. The main idea of this snack is that it is a quick source of energy, healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

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Ingredients for making trail mix at home

  • Dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, apricots, apples, bananas, etc.
  • Nuts such as almonds (affiliate link), peanuts, pecans, cashews (affiliate link), pistachios, etc.
  • Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, etc. seeds.
  • Chocolate chips, M&M’s if they are vegan, dark chocolate chips, etc.
  • Cereals corn flakes, oatmeal, granola, popcorn, etc. This is 100% optional.

I use banana chips instead of dried bananas because they have a crunchier texture and a salty flavor that brings out the flavor of the other ingredients.

How to make the trail mix?

As easy as mixing all ingredients in a bowl and mixing well so that all ingredients are evenly distributed.

tips to make the best trail mix

  • Choose the ingredients you want to include in your trail mix. Consider a balanced combination of flavors and textures to make it delicious.
  • Measure the amount of each ingredient according to your preferences. Generally, a 1:1 ratio between the different ingredients works well, but you can adjust it to your liking.
  • Store trail mix in an airtight container or in resealable plastic bags to maintain freshness and ease of transport.

Variations and additional options

  • Add pieces of cracker or pretzels for a crunchy and salty touch.
  • Check the ingredients for sugar and preservatives
  • Include shredded coconut or coconut chips for added flavor.
  • For a gluten-free mix, choose cereals and ingredients that are gluten-free.
  • Add pop corn
  • If you want a sugar-free option, choose unsweetened dried fruit and unsweetened chocolate or cocoa nibs.

Why make trail mix at home?

Making your own trail mix comes with a variety of benefits:

Make it your own: You can create unique combinations, experiment with new flavors, and adjust the proportions to your liking.

Best ingredients: By selecting the ingredients yourself, you can ensure that they are of high quality and freshness.

Healthier options: Store-bought trail mixes may contain added sugars, unhealthy fats, or preservatives. When making your own, you can opt for healthier alternatives, such as unsweetened dried fruits, raw nuts, and seeds.

Cost-effective: Purchasing individual ingredients in bulk can be more economical than buying pre-made trail mix, especially if you consume it regularly.

Allergen control: If you or someone in your family has food allergies, making your trail mix allows you to avoid potential allergens and ensure that the snack is safe to consume.

Eco-friendly: By making trail mix at home, you can reduce packaging waste from store-bought options, and you have the opportunity to purchase ingredients from local, sustainable sources.

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Homemade Trail Mix

Alejandra Graf
This scrumptious snack is a perfect blend of sweet, salty, and nutritious ingredients, carefully selected to give you a burst of energy and keep hunger at bay. Ideal for on-the-go snacking or fueling your next outdoor adventure, this trail mix is customizable and easy to prepare.
5 de 1 voto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 5 cups
Calories 687 kcal


  • 1 Large mixing bowl


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup banana chips
  • pinch of salt


  • Mix everything in a big bowl. Save in a tightly closed container in the pantry.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 687kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 17gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 40mgPotassium: 757mgFiber: 11gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 95IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 161mgIron: 4mg
Keyword dried fruit, roasted nuts


Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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