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Trail Mix is an easy must-have whether your camping or just hanging out! Protein-packed and full of goodness, this customizable mix is scrumptious!

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Classic trail mix with cashews, M&Ms peanuts and raisins.

Homemade Trail Mix

There are so many choices out there when it comes to snacking. It can be overwhelming when you want something healthy but satisfying. We often reach for chips, cookies, and candy because it’s easy. Taking some extra time to whip up a trail mix is one of the best ways to satisfy your hunger and keep it healthy. Full of protein, healthy fats, and necessary sugar, trail mix is the way to go.

One of the best things about this mix is that it’s so customizable. Add what your family loves and keep out what they don’t. Making it at home is so much cheaper than buying it at the store and your family gets just what they want in it. Keep a jar or individual snack bags full and easily accessible and watch it disappear. Trial mix isn’t just for hiking or traveling, it’s for any day of the week!

What you Need for a Classic Trail Mix

The ingredients are simple and can be customizable with all your favorite snack items. For all the measurements, see the recipe card below.

  • Peanuts: You can use unsalted, or lightly salted roasted peanuts.
  • Cashews: Roasted cashews will have the best flavor.
  • M&Ms: You can use any variety of M&Ms that you love, they have so many varities now to choose from.
  • Raisins: Both golden and regular raisins are a perfect match in this trail mix.

How to Make Healthy Trail Mix

It is simple to combine the peanuts, cashews, m&ms and raisins together. When done, store in a ziplock bag, jar or an air tight container for one month. Snack as desired. Double the recipe for even more fun!

Ingredients for trail mix including peanuts, cashews raisins and dried apricots.

What Makes a Good Trail Mix

Supremely satisfying and energizing, trail mix is a snack of choice. It is so simple to just grab a handful, make mini bags for everyone or leave it in a bowl for snacking throughout the day. It is the perfect snack and filler that is healthy and affordable!

  • Protein: A satisfying trail mix needs a good protein that will quite hunger for a long time. Nuts and seeds are the protein of choice for trail mix. Almonds, pecans, walnuts, macademia, cashews and peanuts are just a few. Pumpkin seeds, and sunflower are nutritional powerhouse that are easy to add in.
  • Dried Fruit: Dried fruit is the perfect option to help with low blood sugar and give you a natural boost of energy. Look for dried fruit that doesn’t have added sugars. Dried raisins, cherries, apricots, bananas, coconut, and even mango all taste great in a trail mix.
  • Carbs or The Fun Stuff: This not only gives you added energy but helps to make it all appetizing. Yes M&Ms and chocolate chips are a favorite, but you can also add things such as peanut butter chips, pretzels, gold fish, cereals and small crackers like Teddy Grahams. All of these round out the trail mix making it a complete snack.

Chocolate Coconut Trail Mix

Classic trail mix is always a winner but sometimes you need to mix it up. Add in all your favorite ingredients to customize it to your liking. You can’t go wrong with trail mix! Here is What you need for Chocolate Coconut Trail Mix.

  • Peanuts: Roasted salted peanuts add a nice saltiness that contrasts with the sweet.
  • M&Ms: There is a huge variety of M&Ms and you can use any of them in this mix.
  • Coconut Flakes: Use large flaked dried coconut and toast it if you desire.
  • Cashews: These are a heavenly nut, but can be substituted for macademia nuts or pecans.
  • Chocolate Chips: I like semi-sweet chocolate chips so it’s not so sweet. You can use milk if you like.
Ingredients for chocolate coconut trail mix.

Dried Fruit Trail Mix

Using dried fruit is smart because it’s a great source of energy with natural sweetness. It pairs perfectly with chocolate and nuts!

  • Dried Apricots: This can be replaced with dried cherries, blueberries or other dried fruit of choice.
  • Cashews: If you are not a cashew fan you can try almonds, hazelnuts, or walnuts.
  • Chocolate Chips: Carob chips can be substituted here if desired.
  • Raisins: Cran-raisins and golden raisins are also great.
  • Flaked Coconut: I like to use large flaked coconut and you can roast it too.
Dried Fruit Trail Mix ingredients.

Storing The Best Trail Mix

Trail mix is one of those snacks that can keep for a long time, especially if the dried fruit you use doesn’t have too much moisture left in it.

Keeping trail mix at room temperature in a tightly sealed container is the best for keeping it fresh. It can be kept in glass jars, plastic ziptop bags, or Tupperware containers with lids that seal tightly. It will keep for at least 1 month and sometimes even longer. Keep individually portioned snack bags filled and ready to go for days on the run.

Glass jars filled with all three trail mixes.

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Trail Mix

4 from 3 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Trail Mix is an easy must-have whether your camping or just hanging out! Protein-packed and full of goodness, this customizable mix is scrumptious!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup m&ms
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • In a medium size bowl combine the peanuts, cashews, m&ms and raisins.
  • Store in a ziplock bag or jar for up to one month.


Calories: 537kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 15gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 38mgPotassium: 513mgFiber: 6gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 78IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 2 stars
    Well, it was a healthy classic trail mix. Then you decided to Americanise it by putting candy in there. Certainly made me go WTF.