Trail mix is a difficult snack to get just right. It can either be extremely energy-boosting, or it can leave you feeling unsatisfied and unhealthy. Most store-bought trail mixes are loaded with excess sugar and sodium, which in turn leads us to eat vast quantities of it. Because the trail mix is portable and easy on-the-go food, eating a lot of it can result in high caloric intake without much nutrient benefit. However, if made properly with nourishing ingredients, trail mix can be an awesome snack. Let’s make your own trail mix with these recipes!
Healthy Sweet And Salty Trail Mix
Here’s a recipe that is a healthier spin on the traditional mix. Requiring only a handful of ingredients, there’s no reason not to whip up your own mix at home when it will stay fresh for several weeks; you can simply keep supplementing your stash. This recipe doesn’t enlist M&M’s for your sweet kick, but it does involve chocolate chips and even brings banana chips into the mix.
Maple Glazed Trail Mix
Not only does this trail mix taste better than most store-bought brands, but it’s way cheaper too! Similar in texture to a deconstructed KIND bar, this oven-baked mix features maple glazed nuts, tart dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips. This is the ultimate hiking snack that you have to try!
Festive Trail Mix
While red, white, and green might bring back memories of the “happiest season of all,” this trail mix features cranberries, yogurt covered raisins, pepitas, chocolate, and almonds, and is great any time of year!
Pumpkin Seed Dried Cherry Trail Mix
Here’s another riff on trail mix that won’t break the bank or scale. This recipe from the Food Network is a sophisticated way to get your salty snack fix and still feel good about what you’re eating. Combining pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cranberries, and maple syrup, you’ll be getting plenty of fiber and feeling nice and full.
Cajun Trail Mix
Another savory trail mix that will have you licking your fingers (in a good way!). Add raisins for sweetness or skip for a low-carb snack! It a great combination of peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, and olive oil with a gentle amount of spice. Rather than sugar, you may add maple syrup for sweetness.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix
bringing one of my favorite childhood meals into a trail mix! You could take definitely make this combination your own by customizing the berries and nuts you include. Use one cup of roasted and salted peanuts. It’s great as a snack and tastes like crunchy peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Next time you’re tempted to reach for the Planters trail mix at your neighborhood grocery store, grab some ingredients and make your own instead of by following one of those recipes above. The possibilities for the snack are endless, and you can customize your healthy trail mix to perfectly satisfy your cravings.