Five Amazing Trail Mix Recipes To Try At Home

Collage by Danielle Moalem, Illustrations by Cerise Zelenetz

Spice up your snacking

I wouldn’t call myself the outdoorsy type by any means. I’ve only hiked a handful of times in my life—and never willingly, if we are being honest. I don’t own a tent. I don’t enjoy dressing to prevent ticks. I don’t know how to identify bird calls. But I do love trail mix.

The customizable mixture of protein-packed nuts, antioxidant-rich dried fruit, and chocolate (always chocolate) is the perfect portable snack for those of us with busy schedules, outdoors or indoors. I’ve had many a day ruined by hangriness rearing its ugly head, as I've found myself snack-less while on the go. I’ve learned my lesson though, and now I'm never without my trusty trail mix companion, even on days when I’m just stuck behind the desk.

Through all my sporadic snack adventures, I’ve learned a thing or two about the trail mix market. Although seemingly convenient, pre-packaged mixes can be outrageously expensive and usually contain ingredients that end up getting picked out (raisins, anyone?).

Instead of blowing your budget or wasting valuable time sorting through shriveled grapes, try one of these five homemade trail mixes that will cure your midday munchies and leave your coworkers envious of your snack drawer. Once you have the basics down, you’ll be on your way to mixing and matching your own custom concoctions that will open the door to a whole new world of snack heaven. 

For work, travel, or even as a nosh at your next fancy cocktail party, these five recipes will cover all your summer snacking needs. And don't worry: They're all raisin-free.

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Tropical Trail Mix 
Makes about 3.5 Cups

1 cup puffed quinoa
1/4 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup brazil nuts
1/2 cup banana chips
1/4 cup chopped dried mango or papaya
2 tablespoons crystallized ginger
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Put the lime in the coconut and mix it all up! Seriously, though: Just mix up all the ingredients, and you're done!