Make Your Own Trail Mix: 4 Quick and Easy Recipes

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Craving a snack with crunch, sweet flavor and a powerful nutritious punch? These healthy, homemade variants of this make-it-and-take-it super snack are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and your healthy lifestyle.

Who says healthy snacks and bland taste go together? We say you can have it all — nutritious and delicious snack foods that taste great and satisfy — and trail mix fits the bill. 

Your homemade batch can be as healthy as you like. The nuts provide fiber, protein and a whole lot of crunchy goodness; dried fruit and touches of chocolate infuse the mix with just the right amount of sweetness.

We’ve compiled some simple-to-make and hard-to-resist recipes so you can easily pick up a few items from the grocery store’s bulk bins, or your kitchen cupboard, and put together a snack for your kiddos lunches or the office.

Better yet, grab your mix and head out for a stroll or hike, or take along on your next road trip or adventure in Nevada’s rugged, desert locales.

Nut-Free Power Trail Mix
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There's no rule that says trail mix must contain nuts. This recipe uses dried fruits like goji berries, dried cherries and dried figs. to satisfy any sweet tooth naturally.
Servings3cups
Prep Time5minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried mission figs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup gogi berries
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 ro 1/2 cup raw cocoa nibs
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Enjoy!
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried mission figs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup gogi berries
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 ro 1/2 cup raw cocoa nibs
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Enjoy!
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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Trail Mix
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This mix is a great mix of salty and sweet flavors, combining sweet dried strawberries and chocolate with savory nuts and seeds.
Servings4-5cups
Prep Time5minutes
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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup almonds, raw or roasted
  • 3/4 cup cashews, raw or roasted
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw or roasted
  • 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Store in a glass jar or sealed plastic bag for easy transport.
  3. Will keep for up to one month.
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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup almonds, raw or roasted
  • 3/4 cup cashews, raw or roasted
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw or roasted
  • 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Store in a glass jar or sealed plastic bag for easy transport.
  3. Will keep for up to one month.
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Easy Paleo Trail Mix
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This no-bake, Paleo-diet friendly recipe is super simple -- especially if you have a kitchen scale.
Servings6cups, approx.
Prep Time5minutes
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Ingredients
  • 16 ounces roasted, unsalted sunflower seed kernels
  • 16 ounces raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 8 ounces roasted, unsalted almond slivers
  • 6 ounces dried pineapple, diced
  • 5 ounces dried flake coconut toasted (optional)
Instructions
  1. If you have a kitchen scale, place a large mixing bowl on top, and reset the scale to 0. Pour in each ingredient until it reaches the correct weight, then reset the scale to 0, repeating until all ingredients are in the bowl. Mix the ingredients together, store and enjoy! If you're not using a kitchen scale, use measuring cups to measure each ingredient and add to the bowl.
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Ingredients
  • 16 ounces roasted, unsalted sunflower seed kernels
  • 16 ounces raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 8 ounces roasted, unsalted almond slivers
  • 6 ounces dried pineapple, diced
  • 5 ounces dried flake coconut toasted (optional)
Instructions
  1. If you have a kitchen scale, place a large mixing bowl on top, and reset the scale to 0. Pour in each ingredient until it reaches the correct weight, then reset the scale to 0, repeating until all ingredients are in the bowl. Mix the ingredients together, store and enjoy! If you're not using a kitchen scale, use measuring cups to measure each ingredient and add to the bowl.
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Salted Chocolate Popcorn Trail Mix
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Up your trail mix game by using popcorn to create this low-cal, light and fluffy snack.
Servings6-8cups
Prep Time15minutes
Cook Time2minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup jumbo popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon butter substitute coconut oil for dairy-free and vegan option
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw or roasted almonds or any seed or nut of choice
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips mini or regular, milk or dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut or other dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Add corn kernels to a standard lunch-sized brown paper bag and fold the top of the bag over twice, pressing the fold tightly so the bag stays closed.
  2. Microwave the paper bag for two minutes or until there is a five-second pause between pops. Remove the bag from the microwave; transfer the popcorn to a baking sheet immediately.
  3. Smooth the popcorn into an even layer and remove any unpopped kernels.
  4. In a small microwave-safe dish, add butter and chocolate then microwave for 30 seconds, stirring once halfway through. Remove from microwave and continue to stir until the chocolate has completely melted.
  5. Using a spoon or small spatula, drizzle the chocolate over the top of the popcorn.
  6. Sprinkle the chocolaty popcorn with sea salt.
  7. Transfer the popcorn to the freezer for 10 minutes maximum, helping the chocolate to harden.
  8. Remove the popcorn from the freezer and add the nuts, chocolate and coconut to the pan (or whatever add-ins you choose) and gently toss to combine using your hands or a spoon.
  9. Serve immediately.
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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup jumbo popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon butter substitute coconut oil for dairy-free and vegan option
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw or roasted almonds or any seed or nut of choice
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips mini or regular, milk or dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut or other dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Add corn kernels to a standard lunch-sized brown paper bag and fold the top of the bag over twice, pressing the fold tightly so the bag stays closed.
  2. Microwave the paper bag for two minutes or until there is a five-second pause between pops. Remove the bag from the microwave; transfer the popcorn to a baking sheet immediately.
  3. Smooth the popcorn into an even layer and remove any unpopped kernels.
  4. In a small microwave-safe dish, add butter and chocolate then microwave for 30 seconds, stirring once halfway through. Remove from microwave and continue to stir until the chocolate has completely melted.
  5. Using a spoon or small spatula, drizzle the chocolate over the top of the popcorn.
  6. Sprinkle the chocolaty popcorn with sea salt.
  7. Transfer the popcorn to the freezer for 10 minutes maximum, helping the chocolate to harden.
  8. Remove the popcorn from the freezer and add the nuts, chocolate and coconut to the pan (or whatever add-ins you choose) and gently toss to combine using your hands or a spoon.
  9. Serve immediately.
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