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How to Make Trail Mix for Kids of All Ages - Trail Mix Recipes & Ideas

Updated on September 29, 2010
Quick & Easy Trail Mix Recipes & Ideas!
Quick & Easy Trail Mix Recipes & Ideas!

Trail mix is one of my absolute favorite snacks. It's portable, delicious and can be pretty healthy, too. Whether you're looking for trail mix recipes for kids or for yourself, check out these quick and easy trail mix ideas below. Kids love to make trail mix and it's a great cooking activity to engage them in; limited mess, no knives and no baking.

Creating the Perfect Trail Mix

A good, satisfying trail mix typically consists of sweet and salty flavors. I like to always include nuts (protein), dried fruit and some form of chocolate in my own mixtures. Trail mixes are loved by kids and also make great gifts. Simply tie a cellophane bag with a pretty bow, stick on an attractive label and you've just created a delicious, thoughtful gift! I also frequently see baggies of trail mix for sale at kid's bake sales. They're a great 'no-bake' snack idea and sell well!

Trail Mix Recipe Ideas

Traditional Trail Mix Recipe

  • Peanuts
  • M&M's
  • Raisins
  • Sunflower Seeds

Kid's Trail Mix Recipe

  • Goldfish crackers
  • Fruit loops
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Raisins
  • Peanuts

S'Mores Trail Mix Recipe

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • Golden Grahams cereal
  • Peanuts
  • Pretzel Sticks

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix Recipe

  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Dried Banana Chips

Low Carb Trail Mix Recipe

  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Cashews
  • Dehydrated, unsweetened coconut
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Toss all ingredients in a little bit of cinnamon for an additional, optional flavor.

Trail Mix Ingredients Ideas

There are so many options to create a fun-to-eat and really delicious trail mix concoction. Pick a few of the ingredients below, mix together and you've got a great trail mix! Still need some ideas? Look below for some great flavor combinations that will satisfy any trail mix craving.

Nut Ideas for Trail Mix

  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Filberts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Soynuts
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds

Dried/Dehydrated Fruit for Trail Mix

  • Dried banana slices
  • Dried raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried cherries
  • Dried papaya
  • Dried pineapple
  • Dried mango
  • Dried coconut

Candy for Trail Mix

  • Chocolate chips
  • Flavored chocolate chips
  • Chocolate covered (insert favorite thing here)
  • M&M Candies
  • Cut up pieces of candy bars (Snickers, Heath Bars)
  • Reese's Pieces

Cereal for Trail Mix

  • Cocoa Puffs
  • Fruit Loops
  • Cheerios
  • Captain Crunch
  • Lucky Charms
  • Golden Grahams

Other Fun Ingredients

  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Gummy fruit snacks
  • Oyster crackers
  • Cheese ball puffs
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Animal Crackers

Buy Trail Mix Ingredients Online

Depending on what types of ingredients you prefer, it can sometimes be more cost effective to make your own, customized trail mix. Or, if you shop online, you can find some great deals on trail mix when purchasing in bulk. Go here if you're looking to buy organic almonds online.

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      7 years ago

      Great website i was looking for this type of thing for a project. Your website hit the spot.

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas. Great article.

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      Chris Crow 

      8 years ago

      trail mix sounds delicious after reading this hub. it's been years since I've had trail mix. I'll have to remember it next time I want a snack or go on a hike.

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      8 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Great article! I love making my own trailmix! Thanks for sharing the ideas!


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