Trail mix is a healthy, on-the-go snack that is easy to make, keeps well, travels well and is super tasty! A bag of trail mix is handy to have on hand regardless of whether you’re out and about at the park or at shops, or spending a day on the trails.
The wonderful thing about trail mix is that it’s so versatile! Trail mix is basically a mixture of dried fruit, nuts and/or seeds – any type, and in any quantity you please! As a snack, it offers protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates.
In early May we spent a couple days hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. We got lucky and had the most amazing weather, so we did a bit more vigorous hiking than we anticipated! But the trail mix helped to keep us going….and going….
The trail mix I made up for this trip was a combination of almonds, cashews (roasted and salted), dried papaya, dried pineapple and raisins. It was perfect for the type of energy-burning hiking that we were doing. I find the sweet and salty combination of the dried fruit and salty cashews to be really satisfying and energizing.
Here’s our favorite trail mix recipe, although I change it up from time to time. All quantities are approximations, and it really comes down to personal preference.
Energy Trail Mix
2 cups crispy almonds*
1 cup roasted, salted cashews (preferably roasted in peanut oil or dry roasted)
3/4 cup diced dried papaya (approx. 1/4 inch dice)
1/2 cup diced dried pineapple (approx. 1/4 inch dice)
1/2 cup raisins
1. Mix it all together in a large bowl.
2. Pack into a container for travel.
When choosing dried fruit, try to look for varieties that are unsulphured with no added sugar. Both the papaya and pineapple that I used were unsulphured, but pineapple had a small amount of added sugar. To make a GAPS-legal trail mix, be sure to choose dried fruits that do not have added sugar.
*Crispy almonds is a Nourishing Traditions recommendation to soak nuts in warm, salted water for up to 24 hours (to help neutralize phytic acid), then to dry the nuts at a low temperature (I use my dehydrator) until they are completely “crispy”.
Other things that you could add to your trail mix might be:
- Different types of nuts, such as pecans, peanuts, brazil nuts, macadamias etc
- Different types of dried fruit, such as dates, apricots, cranberries, dried apple etc
- Seeds – sunflower, pumpkin etc
- Coconut flakes
- Super-foods like goji berries
- Dark chocolate chips or pieces of carob chocolate
What do you like to have in your trail mix?
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