Creating a Balanced Trail Mix

Alright people, its all about trail mix today! There are endless options that line the shelves when it comes to trail mix whether its chocolate almond, tropical, or apple cinnamon. People seem to have there go to flavor or brand that they like to snag for a quick snack on the go. BUT, before you grab that next bag, have you thought about making your own trail mix??

My husband & I love adventuring through parks when traveling & hitting the trails any chance we get so trail mix is one of our staple snacks for on-the-go. Not only does trail mix provide a great energy-packed snack but we also enjoy eating a serving as a component for a meal replacement during longer hikes or backpacking trips. The nuts provide some protein, sugar in the dried fruits for quick energy, fiber to satisfy the hunger, as well as omega-3 fats & antioxidants.

We just got back from a short trip to Hot Springs, AR (checking another national park off the list whoop whoop!) and you bet we carried some mix in our bags. Super easy to toss some together before trips & voila!… it’ll last for weeks & it nice to be able to just throw it in our food bag without having to worry about perishing. Trail mix is super lightweight to carry when trekking up trails which is where we think it’s most enjoyed.

My pro tip: For ultimate flavor & tastiness level, mix must be eaten on top of the summits!

2 Top reasons to make your own trail mix

  1. Know the ingredients: One of the reasons I love making my own trail mix (& cooking in general) is knowing exactly what goes into the mix, no hidden ingredients. Though convenient, many of the packaged trail mixes have an unnecessary amount of sugar with candied fruits, a hefty percentage of sodium, & can also have added preservatives
  2. Cheaper: The ingredients that go into making a well-rounded trail mix can be quite expensive which is why trail mix is not a cheaper shelf item. Buy your own ingredients in bulk for the best price & mix a large bag keeping some in the freezer for later adventures.

So what should you put in your trail mix??

When making your own mix there are endless options of ingredients to toss together so where do you start?? I like to think of the best trail mix consisting of 3 main components to provide a balanced mix of sweet, salty, with a variety of textures:

Dried Fruits: cranberries, apples, banana, raisins, strawberries, blueberries, apricots, figs, dates, mango, pineapple

Nuts: walnuts, pecans, peanuts, pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, pine nuts, brazil, pepitas

Add-ins: coconut, chocolate chips, yogurt covered raisins, whole-grain cereal, m&ms, pretzels, caramel rounds, peanut butter chips

My Main Mix

  • Servings: 12
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  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 11/2 cup whole-grain cereal (my choice is Heritage Flakes)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bag & enjoy on the adventure!

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