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Healthy Snacks - Trail Mix Recipe

Updated on March 19, 2018
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I am interested in making some delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions. Easy, quick meals are also great.

Crispy Nutty Trail Mix

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Healthy Trail Mix Recipes

Healthy snacks of trail mix for yourself or your family are simple to make. Trail mixes tend to be high in calories, as they were initially designed for backpacking trips where extra energy is necessary. It is possible to make easy recipes with fewer calories, depending on your personal preferences.

There is a National Trail Mix Day annually on August 31st, however, its origins are unknown. Trail mix is also referred to as GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts). These healthy snacks are typically made using nuts, dried fruit, seeds, some type of cereal or granola, coconut and a bit of chocolate.

The good news is many recipes don’t use a lot of sugar.

Trail Mix

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 16 1/2 cup servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Wheat Chex
  • 1 cup Multi-Grain Cheerios
  • 1 cup reduced-fat Triskets, broken
  • 1 cup yogurt-covered pretzels
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried apples, chopped
  • 1/2 cup banana chips
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate M&M's
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/3 cup salted pumpkin seeds or pepitas

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the above ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
  2. The unsweetened coconut in the baking or health food section of most grocery stores.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 250
Calories from Fat126
% Daily Value *
Fat 14 g22%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Carbohydrates 28 g9%
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 1 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Healthy Snack Food Items

We particularly like the above recipe, but I often change one ingredient for another. There is a wide variety of choices of foods you can include in your trail mix. For instance, if you don't like almonds, try pecans or soy nuts.

Some of the ingredients you might consider are:

  • Sunflower kernels
  • Safflower kernels
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin or squash seeds
  • Raisins or any other dried fruits
  • Chocolate chips, M&M's
  • Various cereals

Recipes for Kids

Some simple trail mixes are great recipes for kids. They feel good about making something that tastes good. Using a zippered plastic bag, the child adds 1/4 cup of nuts, 1/4 cup of raisins or cherries, then cut up some dried apples, adding 1/2 cup to the mix. The last ingredient is 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Let your child shake up the mixture, then store it in a cool, dry place so the chocolate doesn't melt. There are nine serving of 1/4 cup with 135 calories.

Healthy Homemade Trail Mix – Lean Body Lifestyle

Summary

Trail mix is a great snack to have around the house for a quick pick-me-up, and it is certainly healthier than potato chips or candy. There are numerous recipes easily found on the internet which will suit your particular taste. There is also a wide variety of healthy snacks available at the grocery or health food stores.

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    shalini sharan, I hope you enjoy the snack and I appreciate your comment.

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    shalini sharan 

    6 years ago from Delhi

    really healthy and seems delicious too

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    cherrycrime, The nice thing about trail mix is you can add what you really like and leave out what you don't. I appreciate your comments.

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    January Moon 

    6 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

    I love trail mix, I must try this recipe, I love cranberries to dominate my mix :-) great visual, makes me hungry, voted up :-)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Susan, I think you will enjoy it. I appreciate your comements.

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    Susan Zutautas 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I love trail mix but have never made it myself. I will be now. Thanks for the recipe, looks really good.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Lady E, We enjoy doing that also. I appreciate your comments.

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    Elena 

    6 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks. It's a healthy option too. Sometimes, it's nice not to have a big meal, but just to chill with some healthy snacks. I like it.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Unknown spy, I'm glad to introduce a new snack idea. Thanks for your comments.

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    IAmForbidden 

    6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    What a great idea! Haven't tried it but i would love to try it soon.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    sofs, Thanks so much for your comments.

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    sofs 

    6 years ago

    Sounds healthy sans the chocolate. Dried fruits and nuts are a great hit with my kids .. so this one should be. Have a great day.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Suzette, I didn't know about the National Trail Mix day either until I did a bit of research. What's nice about trail mix is anything goes that sounds good to you. Thanks for your comments.

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    Interesting and informative article. I make a Trail Mix of my own - very casual recipe - I just throw in some nuts of some sort, raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries and sometimes dried banana chips. Just whatever I happen to have at home at the time. But, your recipe sounds soooooo good and I am going to have to try it. I didn't know there was a National Trail Mix Day - Aug 31 - who knew? LOL. I'll celebrate by making some trail mix. Thanks for an enjoyable hub!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Om Paramapoonya, That's true. Thanks for your comments.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    Besides its deliciousness, what I also love about trail mix is that it looks pretty cute in a glass jar and can stay good for a long time. Thanks for the recipe, Pamela. I'll try it soon.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    vespawoolf, I'm glad my suggestions might have given you some new ideas. Thanks for your comments.

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    vespawoolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    I happen to love trail mix and will use your ideas to mix up something delicious and healthy. Thank you!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Ruby, I hope you enjoy it. I appreciate your comments.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    6 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I love trail mix, never thought of making it..Thank you for the recipe...

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    stephhicks, That is a great idea. Thanks for your comments.

    anginwu, I appreciate your comments.

    Cardisa, The nice thing is you can add as many of few ingredients as you wish. Thanks for your comments.

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    Carolee Samuda 

    6 years ago from Jamaica

    I usually don't like too many ingredients in my mix but I do like all the ingredients you listed. I love pecans, almonds and pistachios as nuts. Almost any dried fruits will do as well. Thanks for the recipe.

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    anglnwu 

    6 years ago

    I make trail mix from time to time. I like that you've many different ingredients--sounds like the perfect one to make. Thanks for sharing and rated up.

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    Stephanie Hicks 

    6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Homemade trail mix is a great idea. I am a cub scout leader and we have had the scouts come up with their own "recipes" using a wide variety of ingredients. They love it! Super hub- Steph

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    BPOP, Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the comment.

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    breakfastpop 

    6 years ago

    Thanks so much for the recipe. I am going to mix up a batch and keep it on hand for a great snack.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Nell, One thing nice about trail mix is you can really add anything you like and it will probably taste great. Thanks so much for your comments.

    Arlene, I hope you enjoy it. I appreciate your comments.

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    Arlene V. Poma 

    6 years ago

    VOTED UP AND EVERYTHING ELSE. Great recipe for trail mix! I have always wanted to make my own, but didn't have a clue. And most of the store-bought stuff is very high in calories and fat. Thanks!

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    Nell Rose 

    6 years ago from England

    Hi Pamela, I have tried just the mix with fruit and nuts, but never with the chocolate and other ingredients, such a good idea! voted up!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Angelo, It's hard to beat homemade trail mix for a snack. Thanks for your comments.

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    Angelo52 

    6 years ago from Central Florida

    Good ideas. I've made my own from nuts and fruits for many years.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    kelleyward, I always loved to do that when my children were young. Thanks for your comments.

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    kelleyward 

    6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I love making different mixes with my kids. Take care, Kelley

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