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3 Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipes

Looking for Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipes? Look no further! Here are three simple and easy DIY trail mix recipes, whether you want something sweet, spicy or for kids. These clean eating trail mix ideas are full of protein (hello energy boost!) and perfect for school snacks, road trips or hikes (nut free versions available!). Pack them in mason jars for cute and cheap packaging!

Looking for Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipes? Look no further! Here are three simple and easy DIY trail mix recipes, whether you want something sweet, spicy or for kids. These clean eating trail mix ideas are full of protein (hello energy boost!) and perfect for school snacks, road trips or hikes (nut free versions available!). Pack them in mason jars for cute and cheap packaging!

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It’s back-to-school season and with that comes busy schedules, hurried mornings and, let’s be honest, just a wee bitty bit of chaos.

And we all know what that means: clean eating goes out the window in favor of processed, pre-packaged convenience food, greasy takeout and (dare I say it) fast food.

But it doesn’t have to be this way–in less than 5 minutes, you can make a healthy, delicious snack from real food the whole family will love. Enter homemade trail mix.

Not only is making your own trail mix way cheaper than buying store-bought trail mix, but homemade trail mix can be customized to your tastes, leaving out the nasty additives (think artificial colors and flavors and inflammatory oils and trans fats), and excess sugar and sodium that comes in store-bought mix.

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Looking for Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipes? Look no further! Here are three simple and easy DIY trail mix recipes, whether you want something sweet, spicy or for kids. These clean eating trail mix ideas are full of protein (hello energy boost!) and perfect for school snacks, road trips or hikes (nut free versions available!). Pack them in mason jars for cute and cheap packaging!

Instead, I like going to the bulk bins at Whole Foods to get nuts and seeds and dried fruits–they’re so much more affordable when you buy in bulk, and there’s not waste since you can get only as much as you need.

Now, let’s take trail mix to the next level and make sure that it’s not only nutrient dense and full of energy-giving protein, but also easy to digest and packed with flavor. It all starts with a few savvy swaps:

  • Swap GMO nuts roasted in inflammatory oils with excess sodium for raw, organic nuts (I especially like sprouted varieties, which are easier to digest) and omega-3 rich seeds like chia seeds, hemp hearts and flax.
  • Swap corn-syrup laced dried fruit for delicious, unsweetened dried and dehydrated superfoods like dried goji berries, mulberries, cranberries, dragonfruit and shredded coconut. Always look to make sure you’re buying unsweetened fruits with no other ingredients except the fruit itself. Whole Foods’ dried fruit section has some incredible choices that are super clean and affordable.
  • Swap dairy-laden, artificially flavored chocolate chips and artificially colored M&M’s for raw cacao nibs, which is unsweetened and contains nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate (and more than 20 times that of blueberries).
  • Swap sodium- and gluten-heavy pretzels and rice chex for whole grain puffed rice or non-GMO popcorn. Make sure whatever popcorn you buy is cooked in healthy oils, like coconut oil or avocado oil. Wasabi peas are perfect for a spicy kick. The best varieties are those made without artificial coloring or additives like MSG.
  • Swap overly-sweetened, preservative-spiked granola for gluten-free, grain-free granola sweetened naturally with honey or maple syrup.
  • Swap artificial flavors for anti-inflammatory seasonings like turmeric, garlic, cinnamon and vanilla. Always buy organic spices and herbs to ensure you don’t get any toxic pesticides in your food.

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Looking for Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipes? Look no further! Here are three simple and easy DIY trail mix recipes, whether you want something sweet, spicy or for kids. These clean eating trail mix ideas are full of protein (hello energy boost!) and perfect for school snacks, road trips or hikes (nut free versions available!). Pack them in mason jars for cute and cheap packaging! 

How to Make Healthy Homemade Trail Mix

OK and now for the recipes! As you can see from the graphic above, trail mix is one of those beautiful dishes that doesn’t really require a strict recipe.

So don’t stress about the exact quantities–you can make it customized to your tastes and add more/less of anything you like. But to get us started, I’ve come up with three staple trail mix recipes that you can build on.

Up first: a sweet trail mix.

 

Looking for Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipes? Look no further! Here are three simple and easy DIY trail mix recipes, whether you want something sweet, spicy or for kids. These clean eating trail mix ideas are full of protein (hello energy boost!) and perfect for school snacks, road trips or hikes (nut free versions available!). Pack them in mason jars for cute and cheap packaging!

This recipe tastes like chocolate-covered strawberries–I like using slightly sweet cashews and freeze-dried strawberries with some cacao nibs and shredded coconut sprinkled in.

And then to really up the nutrition ante, I add all kinds of dried superfruits, like dragonfruit (you can get this at Whole Foods and it’s outrageously delicious and vibrant), mulberries, cranberries and diced pineapple (so tropically sweet and tasty!).

I also added some grain-free granola for crunch and some chia seeds for some healthy fats and fiber. So easy and so good for you! This sweet homemade trail mix recipe is bursting with protein and fiber to give you energy and keep you feeling fuller longer, plus heart-healthy fats and TONS of antioxidants.

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5 from 3 votes
Servings: 6
Sweet Healthy Homemade Trail Mix
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
This sweet homemade trail mix recipe is bursting with protein and fiber to give you energy and keep you feeling fuller longer, plus heart-healthy fats and TONS of antioxidants.  
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large mason jar or plastic bag, combine equal amounts of the above ingredients. Don't stress about the exact quantities--you can make it customized to your tastes and add more/less of anything you like. Toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
The mix will last up to a week in an airtight container kept at room temperature.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: DIY trail mix, healthy homemade trail mix recipes, healthy trail mix, sweet trail mix, trail mix ideas
Author: Kate Kordsmeier

 

Looking for Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipes? Look no further! Here are three simple and easy DIY trail mix recipes, whether you want something sweet, spicy or for kids. These clean eating trail mix ideas are full of protein (hello energy boost!) and perfect for school snacks, road trips or hikes (nut free versions available!). Pack them in mason jars for cute and cheap packaging!

The second recipe is for a spicy healthy homemade trail mix. Though you could totally buy unflavored ingredients, I really like putting an Asian twist on this recipe with wasabi peas and Teryaki beef jerky as the base (go for gluten-free, organic varieties like the Whole Foods 365 brand).

I also added pastured pork rinds (Epic brand is my fave) to the mix for some delicious savory goodness, alongside sprouted pumpkin seeds and mixed nuts (Better Than Roasted Better Than Roasted Spouted Extreme Nut Mix are my fave and can be found in the bulk section of Whole Foods).

Omega-3 rich hemp seeds round out this recipe, which could also be tweaked to add turmeric for some anti-inflammatory prowess. Regardless of what you decide, this Asian-inspired spicy trail mix is chockfull of energy-giving protein, digestion-friendly fiber and the good kind of animal fats, which will fill you up and can be used as a meal replacement.

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5 from 3 votes
Servings: 6
Spicy Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
this Asian-inspired spicy trail mix is chockfull of energy-giving protein, digestion-friendly fiber and the good kind of animal fats, which will fill you up and can be used as a meal replacement.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large mason jar or plastic bag, combine equal amounts of the above ingredients. Don't stress about the exact quantities--you can make it customized to your tastes and add more/less of anything you like. Toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
The mix will last up to a week in an airtight container kept at room temperature.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy homemade trail mix recipes, healthy trail mix, homemde trail mix, spicy trail mix, trail mix ideas
Author: Kate Kordsmeier

 

Looking for Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipes? Look no further! Here are three simple and easy DIY trail mix recipes, whether you want something sweet, spicy or for kids. These clean eating trail mix ideas are full of protein (hello energy boost!) and perfect for school snacks, road trips or hikes (nut free versions available!). Pack them in mason jars for cute and cheap packaging!

I’m calling this last recipe Savory Trail Mix, but really it’s more of a classic trail mix recipe that combines sweet and salty flavors.

It starts with popcorn and nuts for crunch, and then I added some cacao nibs and shredded coconut for my sweet. I left the fruit out of this recipe because I wanted to make it more of a traditional snack flavor, like what you’d bring with you to the movies, but you could always add some dried fruit to the mix.

To guild the lily, I topped it all off with a superfood seed mix from Nature’s Path, which has Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal. It’s gluten-free, no additives and just tons and tons of omega-3s and antioxidants.

A little pinch of sea salt seals the deal. This sweet and salty trail mix recipe is the perfect savory snack, full of gluten-free whole grains to boost your energy and mood-elevating cacao.

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5 from 3 votes
Servings: 6
Savory Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
This sweet and salty trail mix recipe is the perfect savory snack, full of gluten-free whole grains to boost your energy and mood-elevating cacao. 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. n a large mason jar or plastic bag, combine equal amounts of the above ingredients. Don't stress about the exact quantities--you can make it customized to your tastes and add more/less of anything you like. Toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
The mix will last up to a week in an airtight container kept at room temperature.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy homemade trail mix recipes, healthy trail mix, make your own trail mix, savory trail mix, trail mix ideas
Author: Kate Kordsmeier

If you try any of these healthy homemade trail mix recipes, be sure to share a photo and tag me @rootandrevel on social media–I’d LOVE to see how it turned out for you!


Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links, and I will earn a commission if you purchase through these links. Please note that I’ve linked to these products purely because I recommend them and they are from companies I trust.

Looking for Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipes? Look no further! Here are three simple and easy DIY trail mix recipes, whether you want something sweet, spicy or for kids. These clean eating trail mix ideas are full of protein (hello energy boost!) and perfect for school snacks, road trips or hikes (nut free versions available!). Pack them in mason jars for cute and cheap packaging!

 

Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links, and I will earn a commission if you purchase through these links. Please note that I've linked to these products purely because I recommend them and they are from companies I trust. There is no additional cost to you.

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18 comments on “3 Healthy Homemade Trail Mix Recipes”

  1. this is my kind of a snack…i love love love trailmix! i like to store them in zip lock bags for snacking on the go 🙂

  2. I’d love to try and make homemade trail mix! Looks delicious, and your photography is great. Nice infographic, too!

  3. What lovely combos of trial mixes you have here! Love them all. Pinning it as well.

  4. Iam always on a lookout for a trial mix recipe and you have given not one but three, very healthy too!

  5. I absolutely love that you made trail mix with popcorn!! All of these mixes look incredible and your pictures make them even more mouth-watering

  6. I’m in love with these beautiful photos! The sweet and savory ones are right up my alley!

  7. I love this master formula! We do fall into the trap of just grabbing boxes of crackers and bars. This trail mix is much healthier!

  8. I asked my husband what healthy snack he’d like (he hates most health food) and he said he loves trail mix. I will have to try these now!