Homemade Trail Mix {Healthy, Customizable}

Homemade trail mix is so easy, you’ll never grab the store bought stuff again! Grab your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and a few treats… within minutes you’ve got trail mix.

Homemade Trail Mix

Healthy Homemade Trail Mix

Trail mix gets a bad rap. I spent years terrified I’d gain all my weight back if I dared to even breathe near the stuff. But, there is a real difference between the store bought junk and trail mix you curate at home. Store bought varieties are often full of sugar-added dried fruit, candy, and nuts full of hydrogenated oils, often making them less healthy than a fried snickers bar. On the other hand, you can create a low carb, no- added sugar, junk-free version in under 10 minutes! Let’s get going.

Homemade Trail Mix

Adding a bit of chocolate and a few pretzels is a game changer for my son. Perfect in a bento box for lunch.

Anatomy Of Trail Mix

You need sweet, salty, nutty, and crunchy components for the perfect homemade trail mix.

  1. Nuts- Start with your favorite nuts. I am digging walnuts and pecans right now, but I always a appreciate a traditional almond. The kid in me loves peanuts:). Look for raw nuts that haven’t been tossed in oils, sugars, etc.
  2. Seeds – Pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, flax, chia, etc. Seeds are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients, plus they just taste so darn good!
  3. Dried Fruit – raisins, dried cranberries, apricots, or cherries. Banana chips are also delicious and add a big crunch.
  4. Chocolate – I consider chocolate its own food group;). You can certainly leave this off, but adding bits of dark chocolate (or dairy- free chips if you prefer) will add a punch of flavor.
  5. Crunch – When I make these for myself I leave off the pretzels or popcorn, but when I am making them for my son this is one of the ways I lure him into eating the trail mix. Today I used Glutino gluten free pretzel sticks.

Homemade Trail Mix


Trail Mix Upgrades

Homemade Trail Mix

1 tsp powdered sugar adds just 10 calories and 2.5 grams of sugar. Decadent! Perfect for transitioning kids to trail mix.

Homemade Trail Mix

Add cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice for a jazzed up flavor.

Homemade Trail Mix

I love using these tiny mason jars. They help me with portion control. Some are naked, while others have a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dash of pumpkin pie spice.

My son’s favorite combo includes fishy crackers.

Why I Love Homemade Trail Mix

  • Much healthier than most store bought brands
  • Customizable – use exactly the nuts, seeds, and treats you love
  • Cheaper than pre-made varieties
  • Free of hydrogenated oils and extra sugar
  • Packed with healthy fats which are highly satiating
  • Portable and easy to take to school or on travel
  • Easy for low carbers and keto-dieters
Homemade Trail Mix
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Ingredients
  • 1.5 cup nuts
  • 1 cup seeds
  • 1 cup dried fruits
  • Add crunchies like pretzels or popcorn (optional)
  • Add treats such as chocolate chips, dark chocolate chunks, or candy bits (avoid when dieting)
  • Spice- could add cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or sea salt
Instructions
  1. Mix together and eat! So easy:)

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