Energy Trail Mix

Trail MixTrail 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….

Hubby up ahead with our daughter on his back

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.
3. Enjoy!

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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10 Comment

  1. I love making a quick trail mix for a snack. I always forget about dried papaya and pineapple. Thanks for the reminder.

    I’ll often mix peanuts, sunflower seeds, and raisins for a quick snack on the go.

    1. Debbie says:

      We love the dried papaya and pineapple! It’s like candy 🙂 Peanuts…..good idea, I’ll add that to my list

  2. I love the combination of a sweet and salty snack! I never think to make my own, so easy. Your trail mix looks delicious.

    1. Debbie says:

      Thanks Carol!

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Debbie,
    I can’t wait to give your Trail Mix a try, it looks awesome! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I love the mix of sweet and salty that trail mix offers. The use of papaya sounds super tasty. Thanks for sharing it with us at Whole Food Wednesdays.

  5. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

  6. I love making trail mix with my kids. If we tailor a bag to each person’s taste we don’;t have any waste. Your trail mix looks great!

  7. […] Energy Trail Mix – The dried papaya and pineapple are quintessential trail mix components to me. […]

  8. What a great recipe. I linked it up in my Homemade Gifts-in-a-Jar guest post over at Keeper of the Home! Hope it brings some new friends your way! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, sweet friend! 🙂 Kelly

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