Are you looking for a super quick, filling, and nutritious snack?! One that doesn’t take hours to make or cost a billion dollars? Yeah, me too. Which is why today I’m telling y’all how quickly easily you can make trail mix!
I’ll be totally honest here, sometimes I just buy trail mix from the store. Even though I know my Homemade Trail Mix is way better… sometimes out of convenience I just grab the bagged stuff. But I love making my own so I have total control over what goes in to each batch.
“Mom, I don’t like this nut!”
“Ew! What is this shriveled up thing in my trail mix!?”
“Mom, the ratio of raisins to nuts isn’t satisfactory to me today like it was yesterday.”
When you make your own, you won’t hear these complaints either! And when you make trail mix yourself, you pick each of the individual ingredients.
This is a benefit if you:
A. Have allergies.
B. Have children.
C. Want a good excuse to eat more chocolate (who doesn’t?)
I make huge batches of Trail Mix and I’m going to give you my general formula below and a video at the end where I actually make a batch for you.
You can store your Trail Mix in a plastic Rubbermaid type of container or in a Ziploc bag.
Here’s my general formula to make trail mix:
- 1 cup nuts (any variety; we like a mix of peanuts and cashews, but I also like to use mixed nuts)
- 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries, or any other fruit, banana chips, etc.)
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup chocolate (chips or chunks)
- 1-2 cups add-ins
Add-ins can be any of the following:
- Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, etc)
- Plain cereal like Chex or Cheerios
- Candy corn, M &M’s, or some other seasonal candy.
When I plan to make trail mix, I like to buy most of my ingredients in bulk at Sam’s Club. Sometimes, I do get items at Aldi or at the grocery store. You can buy end-of-season candy clearance to use in Trail Mix to save a buck or two.
Make up a big batch and keep it in the cabinet for quick snacks! It’s good to take to work with you or in the car when you get the mommy munchies.
NOTE: Chocolate melts in hot cars. Just sayin’. It’s still good, but rather messy and sometimes gets on your behind.
What’s your favorite Trail Mix add-in?