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Trail Mix Recipe

This trail mix recipe is super simple to make and perfect for on-the-go snacks! It’s ready in 5 minutes and easily customizable with all your favorite mix-ins!

Trail mix with glass bowls with a wooden spoon.
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The Perfect Snack

Homemade trail mix is one of the easiest snack recipes for kids to make. My kids have so much fun choosing their favorite ingredients and mixing them together. They also love to help make ants on a log, energy balls and these easy fruity pebbles treats.

We made it for our last big road trip and plan to make more for after-school snacks. It also makes a great snack for camping, going on a hike, movie night, and everything in between! Kids and adults all love it.

Reasons to Love Trail Mix

The best thing about this trail mix recipe is how customizable it is to your taste! You can make it healthy, sweet, salty, or savory. So many ways to make it your own!

  1. Inexpensive. Makes a big batch with 8 servings! Way more cost-effective than pre-made.
  2. Quick. Only 5 quick minutes to combine all of the ingredients together. So easy.
  3. Perfect for kids. Such an easy recipe for kids to make with you. My kids LOVE trail mix!
  4. Customizable. Add your favorite mix-ins and create your own personal recipe.
  5. On-the-go. The perfect grab-and-go snack for lunch boxes, after school, road trips, and more.


I like to add something crunchy, sweet, and salty to mine, but we usually just add whatever is in our cupboards. These are definitely our favorite ingredients to add though.

Jars full of individual ingredients in trail mix.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Nuts: I like to use a mix of cashews, peanuts, and almonds. Feel free to use your favorite nuts of choice like walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts.
  • Raisins: Dried raisins add a sweet bite and complement the salt from the nuts so nicely. If you don’t have raisins, dried cranberries are a great substitute.
  • M&M’s: Isn’t the small bite of chocolate candy always the best part of any snack mix? I happen to believe so! You could always sub with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or white chocolate chips if you’d like.

Other Mix-In Ideas

Trail mix is SO versatile, so feel free to add more ingredients for extra flavor and texture. Add in even more with some other fun ingredients we’ve tried. Make it sweet and salty or savory and crunchy. There are so many variations! The possibilities are endless!

  • Pretzels: A salty and crunchy add-in! You can use either pretzel sticks, pretzel-shaped mini ones, or large pretzels.
  • Mini marshmallows: Always a soft and flavorful texture everyone loves.
  • Crackers: Goldfish or Teddy Grahams add that fun kid-approved version.
  • Cereal: Cheerios, Chex, Golden Grahams, or other types of cereals work perfectly and are easy to pour into the bowl.
  • Seeds: Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or pumpkin seeds are a healthy and delicious variation.
  • Coconut: Coconut flakes or coconut chips give a Hawaiian vibe!
  • Granola: Choose your favorite granola mix and add in for more crunch!
  • Popcorn: Pop your buttery-flavored popcorn or white popcorn for a fun twist on homemade trail mix.
  • Dried fruit: Apple chips, banana chips, mango, apricots, pineapple, or cherries are all great ways to add in a healthy and sweet fruit.
  • Nuts: Candied nuts or pecans are always a traditional add-in.
  • Chocolate: Chocolate, yogurt-covered raisins, or any other candy chocolates are great ideas too!
Up close photo of trail mix in a glass bowl.

How to Make Homemade Trail Mix

The best part about this homemade trail mix you can make it as healthy as you want! If my kids are helping make it, they love to add in pretzels, Cheerios, and mini marshmallows. I usually don’t add the chocolate every time, but it’s fun to add it on special occasions. When I do, my kids think I’m the best mom ever!

  1. Gather ingredients. Measure out all ingredients. Modify the ingredients according to your favorites. Add more or less if needed.
  2. Combine. Place in a large bowl. Toss until mixed together.
  3. Storing. Store in zip-top bags for easy snacks. This is a great on-the-go snack or treat for school, camping, breakfast, or hiking.

Mini Snack Bags

This recipe is PERFECT for making snack bags! Simply measure out 1/2 cup portions and place them in snack-size zip lock bags (photo above). It should make around 12-14 servings.

Homemade trail mix portioned out into zip lock snack bags.

More Ways to Use This Snack Mix

Although it makes a great snack, it can also be used in other delicious recipes as well! Try any of the below if you have some extra snack mix to use up before it expires.

Recipe FAQs

What are good things to put in trail mix?

Trail mix is a snack mix that typically includes granola, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. The ingredients can vary, but most varieties include a little of these classic ingredients.

Is trail mix a healthy snack?

It most definitely can be! Stick to better-for-you ingredients like roasted nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for extra vitamins and minerals. Dark chocolate is another fun mix-in that is full of antioxidants!

Is trail mix gluten-free?

The beauty of making your own homemade trail mix is that you get to add your favorite ingredients. So stick with gluten-free mix-ins when making this recipe, and you’ll have the perfect snack mix that’s great for those with gluten sensitivities or allergies.

Can trail mix go bad?

Eventually, it will, but not for a while! If kept stored in an airtight container, it will stay fresh for about 1 to 2 months. That’s plenty of time for your family to eat it up before it loses its freshness. After that, it’s probably best to pitch and make a new batch.

Trail mix in a jar.

5 star review

“I LOVED this recipe! It was GREAT for my kids!”

– Makenzie

How to Store Trail Mix

The best thing about this recipe is that it is stored for a long time. I like to store this trail mix in a mason jar with a lid (like you see below). It will stay freshest the longest in a glass container. We also love storing it in snack bags for grab-and-go snacks.

If stored properly, it will stay fresh for 1 to 2 months. You can also place it in the fridge or freezer for up to 3 to 6 months.

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trail mix in glass bowl

Trail Mix Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This trail mix recipe is super simple to make and perfect for on-the-go snacks! Ready in 5 minutes and easily customizable with all your favorite mix-in's!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8



  • 1 cup cashew halves , or nut of choice
  • 1 cup peanuts , or nut of choice
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • ½ cup M&M's


  • In a large bowl, stir the cashews, peanuts, almonds, raisins and M&M's until combined.
  • Store trail mix in a mason jar or zip-top bag.


Storage: Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
Optional mix-in’s:
  • pretzels
  • mini marshmallows
  • Cheerios
  • Gold Fish or Teddy Grahams
  • Chex or Golden Grahams
  • sunflower seeds
  • granola
  • popcorn
  • dried fruit
  • candied nuts or pecans
  • chocolate or yogurt covered raisins
  • apple chips


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American

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Bowl of homemade trail mix.

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