Homemade trail mix is one of those great grab and go snack ideas that not only satisfies your hunger, but also satisfies your taste buds! The perfect blend of crunchy, chewy, salty, and sweet ingredients, homemade trail mix is healthy and easy to make — right in your very own kitchen!
As an added bonus, homemade trail mix is easier on the wallet than store-bought varieties. All you need are a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen pantry cabinet. So go ahead, get creative! Once you know how to make homemade trail mix, you can whip up a batch for those marathon holiday shopping trips and another for gifting!
Homemade trail mix is designed to be eaten by the handful, so think small when shopping or raiding your kitchen pantry cabinet. Common ingredients for homemade trail mix include:
- Nuts (Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios, Macadamia Nuts)
- Seeds (Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds)
- Peanuts (Spanish, Dry Roasted, Candied)
- Breakfast Cereal (Granola, Flakes, O’s)
- Chocolate Chips (White, Semi-Sweet, Milk Chocolate)
- Carob Chips
- Butterscotch Chips
- Peanut Butter Chips
- Mini Marshmallows
- Shredded Coconut
- Banana Chips
- Raisins and Other Dried Fruit (Apples, Cranberries, Apricots, Blueberries, Papaya, Pineapple)
- Crystalized Ginger
- Candied Orange Peel
- Rye Chips
- Cheese Crackers (bite-sized)
- Pretzels (mini pretzels, pretzel sticks)
- Wasabi Peas
Nothing could be easier than making homemade trail mix. Simply spread out the all ingredient packages across your kitchen island countertop, scoop out each individual ingredient into a large mixing bowl, and gently combine all the ingredients with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
Depending on the ingredients you choose (sweet or savory), you can also season your homemade trail mix with spices from your door mounted spice rack or wood spice tray, like sea salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, curry powder, or Cayenne pepper.
Homemade trail mix will keep for up to a month when stored properly in Mason jars (for gifting) or an airtight container (for your enjoyment). If you’re making a large batch, it’s best to keep your trail mix in the refrigerator instead of in the kitchen pantry cabinet. Small batches can be bagged into individual portions for grab and go snacking during the busy holiday season.
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