Nutritious and Delicious Trail Mix Recipes
Having a nutritious trail mix up your sleeve is a great way to stay energised in the outdoors. When you mix it right, you've got a lightweight snack that is filled with nutrients and ready to eat on-the-go. Here are a couple of our favourite recipes for you to try out on your next adventure.
The typical trail mix recipe should include a combination of textures (soft and crunchy) and flavours (salty and sweet). Nuts, seeds, grains and dried fruit often feature, but you can always personalise your recipe by including your favourite seeds/nuts or even adding in your favourite little sweet treat like dark chocolate or a few M&Ms.
Nuts and seeds provide healthy fats and are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are also high in fibre and protein. Including dried fruits and/or sweets adds sugar to the mix for a little extra energy. Now that you've got a handle on the basics, let's get to it.
Trail Mix Recipes
1. The Healthy Maven's Go-To Trail Mix
Davina, from The Healthy Maven, has created a go-to trail mix recipe that is salty, sweet, crunchy and just a little bit fancy.
- 3/4 cup raw pecans (toasted in the oven for 10 mins at 175 degrees celcius)
- 3/4 cup raw cashews (toasted in the oven for 10 mins at 175 degrees celcius)
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cherries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped 82% dark chocolate
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
2. Simple Trail Mix
This easy trail mix recipe by David from Backpacking Tips might seem basic but it has the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
- 2 cups salted peanuts
- 1 cup whole pecans
- 1 cup sunflower kernels
- 1 cup dark raisins
- 1 cup light raisins
3. Caribbean Trail Mix
Amy Roskelley from Super Healthy Kids has concocted an exotic Caribbean trail mix recipe.
- 1 cup dried pineapple
- 2 cups cashews
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup banana chips
- 1 cup yogurt covered raisins
4. Nut-Free Trail Mix
If you have a nut allergy, we've got a little something for you too. This recipe by Chelsey from C it Nutritionally is a great nut-free choice.
- 1 cup raw and unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chili-rubbed roasted pepitas (see below)
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ¼ cup unsweeteened, dried cherries
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- Chilli-Rubbed Roasted Pepitas:
- 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
- Dash sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
- Dash of black or white pepper
- Pinch of garlic powder
5. Create Your Own
Feeling creative? Use the measurements below to create a personalised trail mix recipe with your favourite ingredients.You'll need:
- 1 1/2 cups of raw nuts
- 1 cup raw seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened dried fruit
- 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate, M&Ms, mini marshmallows or something sweet
- 1 cup of grains; popcorn, pretzels or granola clusters.
For more advice on hiking nutrition, read Tracey and Adrian's guide to nutrition in the outdoors. Enjoy your adventure!