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Homemade Healthy Trail Mix Recipe

Make your own tasty trail mix from scratch with your favorite goodies! Here you’ll find two delicious recipes: one for a healthy homemade trail mix featuring seeds and nuts, while the other is loaded with sweet treats for a slightly “naughty” snack!

healthy homemade trail mix with seeds and nuts

The Best Homemade Trail Mix Recipe

Homemade Trail Mix is one of those terrific no-cook treats that is perfect for just about any activity, from hiking to sitting on the couch and watching TV. Because let’s be real: you don’t actually have to be hitting the trails to enjoy a handful (or three) of a sweet, savory, and crunchy snack mix.

Today we are sharing two of our favorite trail mix recipe blends… One that is very healthy and balanced, using mostly raw nuts and seeds. And another “naughtier” trail mix for parties and picky eaters.

Which one is better? Well, that’s hard to say. Both are considered our best recipes that we repeat regularly. I suggest that you make a batch of each and see which your family prefers!

sweet and salty trail mix recipe

Ingredients You Need

Below are the ingredients we like to include in our snack mixes, but feel free to omit ingredients or add other goodies you like!

Ingredients to Make our Healthy Trail Mix Recipe

This healthier blend includes a great combo of nuts, seeds, and a couple of sweet goodies. Together they have a wonderful crunchy, slightly chewy texture plus a delicious salty and sweet flavor. You’ll need:

  • Raw almonds
  • Roasted and salted shelled pistachios
  • Raw pepitas
  • Raisins
  • Banana chips
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Dark chocolate chips

Ingredients for a Naughtier Homemade Trail Mix

For this blend we’ve included more traditional trail mix ingredients to make an even sweeter mix. You’ll need:

  • Peanut butter pretzel bites
  • Roasted cashews
  • Roasted peanuts
  • Dried cherries
  • M&M chocolate candies
dried cherries, cashews, peanuts, pretzels, candies

How to Make Trail Mix

This 5 minute recipe can be made with either the healthy trail mix or naughtier ingredients. Follow these 3 easy steps to prepare your preferred version. Or hey, go ahead and make both!

  1. Set out a medium sized bowl.
  2. Measure and pour in the ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Transfer the trail mix to an airtight container.

Store the container at room temperature in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months. Or keep it in the fridge if it’s a bit warm in the house.

This homemade snack mix can even be frozen for up to 6 months! Put in a freezer-safe zip bag, and squeeze out as much air as possible before freezing.

Get the Complete (Printable) Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipe + VIDEO Below. Enjoy!

Suggestions for Other Add-Ins

Want more goodness in your homemade snack mix? We’ve got some great ideas for extra ingredients!

A few suggestions for swaps and add-ins for the healthy trail mix recipe are:

  • Substitute raisins with dried cranberries – or add both!
  • Swap banana chips with apple chips – or add both!
  • Add raw or roasted cashews
  • Skip the dark chocolate chips, swap with semi-sweet chocolate chips, or add cocoa nibs

To the naughtier blend you might consider adding:

  • Peanut butter M&Ms instead of plain candies – or any version of M&Ms you like
  • Plain mini pretzels in place of the peanut butter pretzels
  • Peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips and/or white chocolate chips
  • Chocolate covered raisins, almonds, or other chocolate-coated treats you love
homemade trail mix recipe with banana chips, coconut, nuts and seeds

Fun Ideas for Ways to Enjoy Homemade Trail Mix

These mixes are great to enjoy as a snack whenever you’ve got a craving for something a bit salty and sweet. They’re also fun to set out in bowls for guests to enjoy at casual parties, or bring to picnics and potlucks to share.

Make tasty edible gifts (personally, my favorite kind of gift) for birthdays, holidays, and individual party favors. Double or triple this recipe, and portion out generous scoops into small Mason jars or other cute storage containers. Add a ribbon around the container and ta-da, you’ve got a present that everyone will love!

You can even use trail mix to top smoothie bowls or scoops of ice cream.

overhead view of homemade snack mix

Looking for More Tasty and Easy Snack Recipes?

Homemade Healthy Trail Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Two homemade trail mix recipes: a healthy mix with seeds and nuts, and a version loaded with sweet treats for a slightly "naughty" snack!
Servings: 18 servings

Ingredients

Healthy Option –

Traditional (Naughtier) Option –

Instructions

  • For either homemade trail mix option, set out a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Measure and pour in the trail mix ingredients. Mix well.
  • Pour the trail mix into an airtight container and store at room temperature or freeze.

Video

Notes

Homemade trail mix will keep well for up to 2 months at room temperature, and up to 6 months in the freezer.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 340kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 53mg, Potassium: 427mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 273IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 81mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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One comment on “Homemade Healthy Trail Mix Recipe”

  1. I love these two mixtures so much! (and I secretly love the “naughty” one a little more…haha)