Which begs the question: Who needs a recipe for such a simple snack? Call them trail mix recipes, ideas, or just inspiration – whatever the label, I hope you find a new favorite combination in this wholesome mix…
This blend will depend on the flavor profile of your protein bar or choice. I find that 1 protein bar matches up well with about 1/2 cup of additions. Here are a couple of my favorites for their lower sugar, dairy-free, higher protein profile (when made as is, each mix has 20+ grams of protein):
This one’s like a portable bowl of breakfast cereal! Gently combine 1 cup of whole grain cereal with 1/4 cup sliced almonds and 1/4 to 1/3 cup of dried berries (we like a combination of dried blueberries and cherries). To keep it wholesome, we like the really hearty whole grain flake cereals like Uncle Sam or Erewhon Supergrains, but popular ones like whole-grain chex-style cereals work well, too.
Toss 1 cup granola with 2/3 cup chopped dried apples, 1/3 cup dried cranberries, 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or to taste). A simple granola works great, and even toasted oats will work in a pinch for a “bowl of oatmeal” vibe.
“Good ‘Ol Raisins & Peanuts” (plus chocolate) is my husband’s favorite. Simply toss together equal parts raisins, peanuts, mini pretzels, and dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks. If you want a good peanut-free option, you can use a different P-nut. Try pecans, pistachios, or even pumpkin seeds for a delicious twist!
A jungle twist on GORP. Place 3/4 cup banana chips or dried banana slices, 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts, 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 1/4 cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1/4 cup raisins in a baggie and shake to mix up.
This classic dessert makes a tasty snack in its dried form, too. Mix up 1 cup almonds, 1/2 cup pistachios, 1/2 cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1/3 cup dried cherries. For a lower-fat option, skip the nuts, but use 1-1/2 cups of plain granola. For an extra chocolate punch, use chocolate granola or dust the mix with cocoa powder.
For me, the “original” trail mix is a simple blend of just fruit and nuts – sustainable energy in its most wholesome form. To get this goodness, combine equal parts almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, and raisins. For a sweeter blend, add chopped dates or double the raisins.
For this nut-free combination, toss 1/2 cup sunflower seed kernels, 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds, 1/3 cup raisins, 1/3 cup cranberries, and 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots onto a baggie, and give it a shake. If desired, add teaspoon ground flaxseed. Another option is to reduce each type of dried fruit to 1/4 cup, and add 1/4 cup mini dairy-free chocolate chips.
Add 2/3 cup cashews, 1/3 cup macadamia nuts (more if within your budget!), 1/4 cup dried pineapple pieces, 1/4 cup diced dried mango, 1/4 cup diced dried papaya, and 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes to a bowl, and stir to combine.
Keepin’ it simple, my favorite food network recipe creator recommends combining 3 cups of dried fruit (your choice), 1 cup of nuts (your choice) and 1 cup of granola (dairy-free and gluten-free even!) for the perfect ratio. This post is sponsored by Simply Choices. And yes, I really do use their bars to make trail mix! They also offer soy-free, dairy-free protein chips for a handy snack, available in three flavors (the two pictured below, and BBQ, coming soon).