This post will walk you through how to make the easiest and best healthy homemade trail mix. This homemade trail mix with cereal is super simple, delicious and a great portable snack option!
Post Updated June 2021.
You guys – I made the best homemade trail mix this week. This simple and delicious DIY Trail Mix is too good not to share and it makes for a great option for food to pack for a road trip.
Plant based ingredients make this vegan trail mix a nutritious superstar, with filling protein, fiber and heart healthy fats.
I actually put it in a bowl, mix some cinnamon peanut butter in, and eat it on a spoon. It’s the best of the homemade trail mix recipes I’ve made and it’s also the simplest.
What I also love about trail mix is how custom and personalized it can be. It’s perfect for so many people and circumstances.
Furthermore, this healthy homemade trail mix is great for athletes, busy working professionals, older adults and so much more.
Trail mix can be a great snack for older children, too. You definitely want to wait until they are out of the choking hazard stage, though. If you’re really feeling fancy, turn this into vegan trail mix bars!
Big, hard pieces of food still terrify me around Camryn so I’m very careful about what I serve her. She loves pretzels and kix, and she is starting to enjoy raisins and dried fruit.
She also really loves these strawberry chickpea muffins. I actually feel good serving her dried fruit, especially since it is a good source of iron for little ones.
Personally, I think these categories are perfect in a balanced combination for a recipe for homemade trail mix.
For example, 1/3 nuts/seeds, 1/3 dried fruit and 1/3 cereal.
However, sometimes I want it to be more savory and crunchy, so I’ll do 2 parts nuts and seeds to 1 part fruit and 1 part cereal for a sweet and salty trail mix recipe.
You can, of course, modify ingredients as needed based on preferences, allergies and whatnot. But once I combined these four, I was hooked.
Now you can always add multiple nuts and seeds, or substitute one for the other. I think the dried fruit is an important addition because it sweetens up the typically salty and savory blend for the perfect sweet and salty trail mix.
Raisins are wonderful because they are small, like nuts and seeds, and chewy and sweet. They pair really well with the crunchy, hardness of nuts and seeds.
If you’re a regular BLT reader, you know my thoughts about the word, “healthy.” Any food can be healthy, depending on how you view it.
But, if we’re talking about nutrition facts and whether this homemade trail mix is nutritious, then, yet it is.
This sweet and salty trail mix recipe is full of:
I have loved snacking on this homemade trail mix for kids recipe in the afternoon because it prevents that blood sugar rollercoaster and instead helps keep me focused.
I combined the ingredients for this vegan trail mix in a large bowl and mixed well. I figured it would last all week and I would snack from it when I was hungry, so I stored it in a large ziplock bag.
However, it barely lasted that long once Ed and I realized how dang good it was. And addicting.
Here are some of my favorites that you could throw in your homemade trail mix.
You could even do a diy trail mix bar and set out small bowls of all different things and just pick from them.
Trail mix can be salty (you could reduce the salt by buying salt-free nuts and seeds), but for me, it’s perfect after a run. Replenishing sodium through natural food options (rather than supplements) is my preference anyway.
So, this easy trail mix recipe is a perfect snack for athletes.
The great thing is, there are so many options and combinations that you can personalize this healthy trail mix recipe to avoid certain allergens and likes/dislikes, too.
Not a fan of raisins? Replace them with anything from the “dried fruit” list! I think chopped dates would be a great alternative but anything can work so you can enjoy a trail mix without raisins.
If you desire a nut free trail mix due to allergies or general preferences, I would load up on other crunchy items, such as pretzels, bagel chips, cereal, and/or hearty seeds like pumpkin/pepita seeds.
This will still ensure a healthy balance of fat and protein for satiety and satisfaction purposes.
Just store in a tight ziplock bag, reusable stasher or pantry Tupperware container. You can store them room temperature, but if you don’t plan on enjoying your diy trail mix within 2 weeks, you can freeze it.
This post talks about how to freeze nuts and seeds to lock in nutrients.
I like to make this in bulk and just grab out of our big stock for school lunches, on the go snacks and more. It can be a high protein toddler snack once you pass the choking stage.
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If you’re looking for some other homemade trail mix inspiration, here are some other trail mix recipes.
If you need more inspiration, check out some of these other delicious homemade trail mix ideas from around the web.
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Have you ever made your own trail mix? What are your must have’s?