This trail mix recipe is one you’ll actually want to snack on. Add your choice of nuts, dried fruit, coconut, seeds, etc., and then add one type of chocolate cookie, or treat, for your very own homemade trail mix!
This isn’t a recipe as much as it is a guide for you to make your own homemade trail mix.
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I often find myself reaching for chocolates, cookies or biscuits when the hunger pangs strike, because (although I love carrots and celery sticks) sometimes I just want something not just crunchy, but sweet. However, I really don’t want to eat sweets when I’m hungry because I know that’s just not a good plan to follow on a daily basis!
A different way to use hazelnuts: Italian hazelnut chocolate cake.
I’ve found a healthier option, which was inspired by a service I came across where the company lets you select different combinations of snacks, both sweet and savory, and deliver them to you. Of course, I thought, “I can put those together myself!” So I did.
Here’s the best part: you can leave out anything you don’t like and only put in what you do like, including a small portion of cookie bits, or small pieces of your favorite candy bar.
There’s no picking out nuts or raisins or whatever it is that you would just rather not have in your homemade trail mix. You also don’t have to wait for the mail/post! I made a nice sized batch (I only show a small portion in the photos) and now keep a small ramekin on the counter, and instead of eating half a candy bar, I now get my sweet fix along with dried fruits and nuts! It’s a win-win. And obviously, it’s perfect for hiking!
Here’s my snack selection: organic raisins, organic coconut (nothing added), currants, hazelnuts, pieces of Cadbury’s fingers and dried cherries.
I made this when my daughter was in the UK as she is allergic to nuts and I don’t want her around them, so I can easily make this peanuts or almonds, which are fine for her. You can choose 5 or 6 of your own favorite snack ingredients, or even make a savory blend!
It’s a great snack to keep a small tub in the car or at work, then you won’t be as tempted by those naughty options that we wish we hadn’t eaten!
Another healthy snack option: sweet potato chips recipe
Let me know what you decide to make if you give this homemade snack mix a try. I’d love to hear the combinations you come up with!
Do-It-Yourself Homemade Trail Mix Recipe
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A Do-It-Yourself Homemade Snack Mix You'll WANT to Snack on!
A customized snack mix that you can make however you like.
- 3 oz (1/2 cup) raisins
- 2 oz (1/2 cup) coconut flakes (unsweetened)
- 3 oz (1/2 cup) hazelnuts, whole
- 3 oz (1/2 cup) dried cherries
- 2 oz (1/2 cup) dried currants
- 3 Cadbury's chocolate fingers, broken into small pieces
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Take on hikes, bring to work or school, keep on hand for times when you just want a little something.
Ingredients are interchangeable as are quantities. My "recipe" is an example so I can give nutritional information. This is just a guide.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 157Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 35gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is only estimated.
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Love the snack mix especially the cadbury fingers in the mix. Love snacking on trail mix.
Yes, Cadbury’s Fingers are an old favorite, Suzanne! They remind me of when I was a little girl in Scotland! :)
Good afternoon Christina, This is a perfect snack to give your sweet tooth. I love all of the ingredients and all very healthy. The cut up of the chocolate bar is a good idea as well. I would definitely use all of your ingredients, as I love them all. The afternoon (about 4:00pm) is really when I would love to reach for a handful of these goodies. I know what you mean about your daughter with the nut allergy. FYI: I think you might know this, but I will share something I just found out. My brother is eating Gluten Free foods and some of the product ingredients contains “Lupine”. I found out that this is a type of nut, so if your daughter ever eats gluten free foods, she should be wary of this product in the foods. I heard this on our news channel CBS about a week ago. Thanks for sharing…have a wonderful rest of the week! Dottie :)
Thanks so much for that Lupin information, Dottie! I just looked it up and you’re right, some people with peanut allergies also are allergic to Lupins…wow, scary! I appreciate you letting me know and will pass on the info to the allergy groups I belong to. My daughter is luckily not allergic to peanuts. Have a good rest of the week, too! CC
I love this snack
This looks like a great combination of flavors. I love customizing my own trail mix! Great choices with the hazelnuts and dried cherries. Yum.
WOW I just love this… I’m totally with you, I hate having to tie the time and effort to pick out the things I don’t want, so I should just make it myself! This looks like a fabulous mixture!
ideas like this make snacking fun! i love the idea of customizing it, and sneaking in a little chocolate :)
Absolutely, Amanda :) Fun and healthy is good. :)
This is a great idea/guide. I like the idea of adding the bits of fav chopped up candy bars to a snack mix or even a fun-mix granola. Will have to do that with leftover treats! Thx for the inspiration.. :)
You’re welcome, Cristina! Have fun with it! CC