Healthy Homemade Trail Mix (Six Ways!)

There is truly no more versatile, healthy snack than homemade trail mix. Whether you’re looking for a a paleo-friendly snack, or a chocolatey sweet and salty trail mix recipe, this healthy treat comes together in mere minutes with a few simple, pantry ingredients. Read on to learn how it’s done!

Hand taking from bowl of homemade trail mix.

The Secret To Making The BEST Homemade Trail Mix 

I consider myself quite the trail mix connoisseur. After all, when my newsroom colleagues and I decided to give ourselves tree-sitter nicknames after interviewing a protester named “Dumpster Muffin,” I was quickly dubbed “Trail Mix” because I ate so much of it. 

So it’s with great authority that I tell you that the secret to making the tastiest DIY trail mix lies not so much in which ingredients you choose, but in how you balance flavors and textures. If you’ve ever purchased store-bought trail mix only to make the sad discovery that it’s 50% pumpkin seeds, then you know what I’m talking about.

Ingredients for homemade trail mix laid out.

How to Make your Own Trail Mix

I’ve found that using a 3:2:2 ratio of nuts: dried fruits without added sugar: tasty extras (think chocolate chips or sunflower seeds) is optimal. I like to lean heavily on nuts not only for crunch, but also because they are high in proteins and healthy fats, but low in sugar. This helps me stay satisfied longer.

Adding a slightly smaller proportion of dried fruits makes my homemade trail mix blends chewy and sweet without adding too much sugar. The key here are to choose dried fruits which are unsweetened, or sweetened with fruit juice. If you’re having trouble finding dried fruits without added sugar near you, try Trader Joe’s or Thrive Market.

Now for the tasty extras! For this last component, I like to use a combination of seeds and goodies that either add textural interest such as shredded coconut, or that feel a little naughty. Dark chocolate chips are my go-to!

5 More Ways to Make Healthy Trail Mix At Home

I’ve included a printable recipe for making Heart Healthy Homemade Trail Mix below, but these five additional blends are favorites in our family. I hope they inspire you to make your own!

sweet and salty trail mix spilling out of a bowl

1. SWEET AND SALTY TRAIL MIX FOR KIDS

Mix and store in an airtight container:

1 1/2c peanuts

1c popcorn

3/4c raisins

1/2c M+M’s

1/2c sunflower seeds

2. TROPICAL TRAIL MIX

Mix and store in an airtight container:

1c raw unsalted cashews

3/4c unsalted macadamia nuts

1/2c pumpkin seeds

1/2c unsweetened dried pineapple, cut into chunks

1/2 c unsweetened mango, shredded or cut into chunks

1/2 c banana chips

1/2c unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4c goji berries

3. CHOCOLATE CHERRY TRAIL MIX

Mix and store in an airtight container:

1/2c pumpkin seeds

1/2c dark chocolate chips

1/2c unsweetened dried cherries

1/2c raw unsalted almonds

1/2c unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2c raw unsalted cashews 

Paleo trail mix in an open jar

4. PALEO TRAIL MIX

Mix and store in an airtight container:

1 1/2c raw unsalted almonds

1c medjool dates, pitted and chopped

1/2c unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2c unsweetened dried cranberries

1/3c sunflower seeds

1/3c pumpkin seeds.

Recipe FAQ

IS HOMEMADE TRAIL MIX CHEAPER?

Honestly, no. Homemade blends tend to use less filler ingredients, and therefore end up costing more per ounce than pre-mixed. That said, you’re saving money whenever you use ingredients you already have on hand instead of buying something new. So dig through your pantry and get creative!

IS IT HEALTHY?

Yes! Many pre-mixed blends use fruits sweetened with sugar. Making your own trail mix gives you total control over the ingredients, allowing you to limit the less-than-healthy ones.

HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE TRAIL MIX LAST? 

This question is often asked with the often erroneous assumption that your family won’t scarf down every morsel in seconds. That said, your trail mix will keep in an airtight container until the nearest expiration date of any of the ingredients used if you store them at room temperature. I like to write it down on a piece of masking tape and stick it to the bottom of the jar so I don’t forget.

As an alternative, you can also safely store your trail mix in the fridge for about six months.

CAN I FREEZE TRAIL MIX?

Yup! Freeze your trail mix for up to a year in an airtight container.

6 kinds of homemade trail mix in bowls

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No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Chocolate Tahini Date Boats

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Heart Healthy Homemade Trail Mix

A bowl of heart healthy trail mix

This quick and easy snack is a win for your tastebuds and your ticker thanks to antioxidant-packed blueberries, cranberries, and goji berries plus omega-rich almonds and walnuts. 

  • Author: Christine Tusher
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 14 servings 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale

2/3 c raw shelled walnuts

2/3 c raw, unsalted cashews

2/3 c raw, unsalted almonds

1/2 c unsalted pumpkin seeds

1/2 c dried blueberries without added sugar

1/2 c dried cranberries without added sugar

1/4 c dried goji berries

Instructions

Place ingredients in a bowl and mix them together until they’re evenly distributed. Store in an airtight container in the pantry.

Keywords: vegan, paleo, homemade trail mix, healthy snacks


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