Trail Mix meals are a great way to bring a quick and easy snack with you on a hike in your back pocket. Whether you are on the go, out of the house, or anywhere in between, this convenient snack can be a healthy choice. While you are free to use raisins and peanuts as the standard mix for your recipe, there are healthier and yummier ways to go about it.
Some of the most popular trail mix snacks include trail mix sandwich bars, trail mix granola bars, trail mix cereal bars and trail mix popcorn. There are many other snack bars, like granola, and granola bars that are filled with nuts and other healthy goodies. Most of these bars are also topped off with fruit, granola or yogurt.
The trail mix is easy to prepare and makes a healthy snack that any person can enjoy. These snacks do not only taste good but are great in providing energy and vitamins to keep your body healthy.
The main purpose of the snack is to give your body energy that it needs when it has to deal with activities that demand more of it. So whether you’re trying to find a healthy snack or need something to keep you energized during a long hike adventure, here are 8 healthy trail mix recipes that are perfect for on-the-go snacking!
1: Banana Chip Energy Trail Mix
- 2 cups of Banana Chips
- 1 and 1/2 cups of lightly salted peanuts *you can swap this for another kind of nut to make this more paleo-friendly like Cashews.
- 1 and 1/2 cups of Almonds (Try to mix it up using slivered almonds)
- 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate of choice
- 1 cup of raisins or maybe some goji berries
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut *try the unsweetened shredded coconut
Measure all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and you know the rest. Mix them up and store in an airtight container. Should keep fine for several weeks or a lot longer!
If you do not have time to cook, you can simply snack on trail mix. In fact, most trail mix recipes are easy to prepare and delicious. You just mix together the trail mix and fruits and other healthy ingredients that you enjoy.
Another benefit of using trail mix is that it is easily prepared in any quantity. You can have one cup of trail mix bars or a large serving of trail mix granola bars.
If you can combine a good diet, healthy snacks, and plenty of exercise you can feel better throughout the day and live a longer and healthier life.
2: Lentil Trail Mix (nut-free recipe)
- 1 cup uncooked red lentils
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- ½ cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ⅓ cup diced dried apricots
- ½ cup diced dried pineapple chunks
- 1 teaspoon white rice flour
- ⅛ teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
- Soak lentils in 4 cups of water in a medium bowl for 4-6 hours. The longer you soak, the less chance the lentils will cause gas or bloating when you eat them.
- When the lentils are ready, preheat oven to 350F, drain and rinse them really well before spreading across a 13×9 rimmed baking sheet and sprinkling with salt.
- Bake in preheated oven on the middle rack for 30-35 minutes, or until lentils are crisp and crunchy. When complete, allow to cool to room temperature.
- Meanwhile, dice the dried apricots and pineapple chunks. Place in a bowl or on a large cutting board and add the rice flour, just a pinch at a time. Toss the fruit in the flour until the pieces are coated and no longer sticky where they’ve been cut.
- Mix lentils with remaining ingredients and transfer to an airtight container for your next hiking or camping trip!
3: Tropical Trail Mix (healthy & energizing!)
This is one that’s made for those long early-morning hiking trips, or a fast pick-me-up when sitting down to eat a balanced breakfast isn’t really an option.
- 1 cup puffed quinoa or puffed millet
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup whole roasted almonds
- 1/2 cup raw pepitas
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup dried banana chips (broken in half)
- 1/4 cup chopped dried mango or papaya
- 2 tablespoons candied ginger
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips)
Take a mixing bowl and throw all the ingredients into it. Toss em and mix em until everything is evenly distributed.
Then just store them in an airtight container for up to 1 month or even longer in the refrigerator!
*This one is great because there’s a lot of alternatives you can swap in for the various dried fruits, nuts, and cereals should you feel like doing so. For an alternative, try mixing in dried cherries instead of mango!
4: Popcorn Trail Mix
- 1 envelope Orville Redenbacher Natural Simply Salted 50% Less Fat, popped
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 2/3 cup raw, unsalted almonds
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup diced dried apricots
Mix and toss freshly popped popcorn with the cinnamon until it’s coated evenly. In a separate container or large bowl, combine the sunflower seeds, apricots, almonds, pepitas, and cranberries. Stir until all are evenly distributed. Then just mix the two and you’re all set! These measurements should make 4-6 portions.
5: Spicy Honey Mustard Trail Mix
- 2 cups spicy peanuts
- 2 cups salted soynuts
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- 2 cups grape nuts or other firm cereal
- 1 cup peanut roasted chickpeas
- 2 cups pretzel nugget pieces (honey mustard & onion flavor)
- 1 + 1/2 cups chopped dates
Throw all the ingredients into a large container or bag and shake until stirred! This one is good to give an extra shake or two first before use as some ingredients will sink to the bottom of the mix.
6: Sweet & Spicy Wasabi Trail Mix
- 2 heaping tablespoons of wasabi peas
- 2 heaping tablespoons of dried sweetened cranberries
- 2 heaping tablespoons of peanuts
- 2 heaping tablespoons of cashews
This one is super simple! Just mix it all together into a bowl, store it in a container and done!
7: Pumpkin Pie Spiced Trail Mix
- 1 cup raw pecan halves
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2-inch-thick crystallized ginger slices
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and evenly distribute 1 cup raw pecan halves, 1/2 cup raw almonds, and 1/2 cup raw cashews onto sheet.
Bake those for 10 minutes, stirring once. Remove them from the oven and transfer to a container.
Reduce oven temp to 300 degrees. Get a rolling boil going in a saucepan with 1/4 cup maple syrup, a pinch each of the ground cloves and table salt, 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Cover the nut mix with the hot syrup and then toss to coat evenly. Spread the coated nut mix on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes at 300 degrees. This will harden the glaze. Once it’s done, spread the mix onto a lightly-greased parchment paper and allow it to cool.
After all that, just throw in a container and mix in 1/4 cup each of the dried cranberries and the crystallized ginger slices! Done!
8: Halloween Trail Mix
This one isn’t all that healthy, but I added it anyway. This would be great for those late-night campfire ghost stories!
- Pretzels – 16oz bag
- Peanuts – 16oz
- Caramel Corn – 18oz bag
- Chocolate Chips – 12oz bag
- Mini Marshmallows – 10oz bag
- 2 Bags of Candy Corn
This one is simple, just throw all the ingredients into a container or bag and get to shakin. Easy peasy!