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Trail Mix Ingredients List

Updated on May 6, 2015

Trail Mix Ideas

This is a list of possible ingredients to add to trail mix. These are all things that are relatively shelf stable, and bite sized. A few items might not hold up well in a high humidity environment. Most of my experience is in a relatively dry climate, so if in doubt leave new ingredients separate until tested. Trail mix is great for hiking and travel, but there's no reason you can't eat it in front of the TV, or for dinner when you're too busy to cook. If you pick and choose your ingredients it can be quite healthy.

Fruits - Dry and Freeze dried

Adding dry fruit to trail mix is pretty traditional. Most people think of raisins, but there are lots of other fruits out there that you can get dried. If you are worried about weight in your backpack you can lighten the load a bit with freeze dried fruits, or you might just enjoy sweet crunchy foods that are good for you.











Banana chips





List of nuts you can put in trail mix







Pine nuts



List of vegetables you can put in trail mix

Don't forget to round out your trail mix with something from the vegetable family. Vegetable products are less common in trail mix, but there are some things that work.

Freeze dried veggies

Green Bean Chips

Freeze-Dried Roasted Veggies You don't have to cook these .You can just snack on them.

Kale Chips - (These need to be in a sealed container. They loose crunch after a couple days)

Spices - Parsley, Thyme and Oregano have similar nutrient profiles to green vegetables.

Dry seaweed


Beans can be dry roasted and eaten like nuts. They are a great low fat high protein vegetarian trail mix ingredient. It's tough to get these right making them yourself. Luckily they can be bought ready made and are not that expensive. Lentils can also be fried to make them into a dry crunchy snack food. These are usually used as a sprinkle topping in Indian food, by you can also add a little to your trail mix to round it out.

Roasted soy beans/ Roasted Endame/ Soynuts

Roasted Chana (Chick Peas)

Moong Dal (Fried Moong Pulse)


Some of these might be better carried separately, but keep in mind that many North American peoples used to live through the winter on jerky with dry berries.

Beef jerky

Turkey Jerky

Chicken jerky

Smoked Salmon Jerky



List of carbohydrates you can put in trail mix.

Breakfast cereals:






Some hard to find items can be found online

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    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      Happy belated National Trail Mix Day!

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      6 years ago

      Love trail mix as snacks. Thanks for sharing. :-)

    • Ursel001 profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks! Very helpful information!

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      orthopedic matt 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for these trail mix tips.

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      6 years ago

      Nice, easy to read information. Thanks, I'm going to try your suggestions for trail mix.

    • erin-elise profile image


      6 years ago

      I love trail mix. Nice lens!

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      6 years ago

      Never heard of green bean chips. Not sure how I feel about that. Sounds different.


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