Trail Mix is pretty pricey at the grocery store, but homemade is super simple to prep. Plus you can control the quality and proportions of the fruit, seeds, and chocolate you include. Prepare the easiest and tastiest of snacks with this simple Trail Mix Recipe with Fruit, Seeds, and Chocolate. It’s delicious on its own, atop yogurt or oatmeal, or baked into cookies.
The arrival of Spring just beckons us to come outside. Once the clouds clear and the sun pops out, it’s time to hit the trail. And what better snack to take on a long hike or walk than trail mix?
Bursting with nuts, fruits, seeds, and chocolate, trail mix packs a punch. Not only is it full of carbs and fiber which you need on the trail — and a little sweetness to boot — but it’s also easily portable and perfect for snacking.
Or not necessarily portable, as my children ate this bowlful while my back was turned!
How Do You Make Homemade Trail Mix?
Since trail mix combines a little bit of everything, it’s great for using those odd bags of fruits, seeds, nuts, and chocolate that you might have stashed in your pantry.
Talk about pantry challenge and spring cleaning all rolled into one.
Do I Need To Add Nuts To My Trail Mix?
Due to my daughter’s walnut and peanut allergy, I don’t usually add nuts into my trail mix like this nut free monkey trail mix. There’s too big a risk for cross contamination with most nut brands. However, I’ve found pepitas and sunflower seeds to add a nice crunch instead.
In this particular trail mix recipe, I use cranberries and two tones of raisins for the chewiness/eat-the-rainbow factor. Mini chocolate chips do the job of, well, chocolate, I mean sweetness.
I was born in the 70s and well remember carob chips in our trail mix along with dried figs of which I am not a fan. Too hard and weird. This trail mix is super tasty and up with the times.
How to make this good and cheap:
Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. When I find regular kitchen staples on sale, I buy a lot. I’m currently using a price book to track prices and that’s saving me money. For this recipe, keeping an eye on the price of seeds and dried fruit can help keep the price down. I always recommend buying generic when it comes to your dried fruit and nuts (if you are using them).
- Buying in bulk – It’s rare that I would buy a small package of dried cranberries. I usually buy the ginormous bag at Costco.
- Shopping the manager’s specials – I find all kinds of great deals on the clearance racks.
How I make this recipe easy:
This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.
Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:
- mixing bowl – I love the contrast of ingredients against the white bowls.
- aluminum scoop – These are great for scooping bulk ingredients!
- measuring cups – My daughter is fascinated by the magnets that hold this set together.
- canning jars – Not sure I could live without these.
- plastic lids – or these!
Something new here on Good Cheap Eats that I’m slowly rolling out is the option to rate the recipes you try. After you’ve made this easy homemade Trail Mix, I’d love for you to come back and tell me how you liked it. Be sure to give it a starred rating in the comments. Thank so much!
Trail Mix Recipe with Fruit, Seeds, & Chocolate
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup pepitas
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chocolate chips or mini Hershey's kisses
- In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients, stirring to distribute them evenly.
- Store in an airtight container and consume within a week or two.
Originally published March 21, 2011. Updated February 17, 2018.