Skip to content

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-in’s!

Trail mix in glass bowl.
This post may contain affiliate links. Read disclosure policy.

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 and these easy fruity pebbles treats. So fun and simple!

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.

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!

Reasons to Love Trail Mix

  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-in’s 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.
Nuts in jars with lids.


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.

  • 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 compliment 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. Below are some other fun ingredients we’ve tried:

  • Pretzels
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Gold Fish or Teddy Grahams
  • Cheerios, Chex or Golden Grahams (or other types of cereals)
  • Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • Coconut flakes
  • Granola
  • Popcorn
  • Dried fruit (apple chips, bananas, mango, apricots, pineapple, cherries, etc.)
  • Candied nuts or pecans
  • Chocolate, yogurt covered raisins or any other candy chocolates
Trail mix in glass bowl.

How to Make Homemade Trail Mix

Here’s 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 in on special occasions. When I do, my kids think I’m the best mom ever!

  1. Measure out all ingredients.
  2. Place in a large bowl.
  3. Toss until mixed together.
  4. Store in zip top bags for easy snacks.

Mini Snack Bags

This recipe is PERFECT for making snack bags! Simply measure out 1/2 cup portions and place 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.

How to Store Trail Mix

The best thing about this recipe is that it stores 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 1-2 months. You can also place it in the fridge or freezer for up to 3-6 months.

5 star review

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

– Makenzie

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.


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 in your favorite ingredients. So stick with gluten-free mix-in’s 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 it’s freshness. After that, it’s probably best to pitch and make a new batch.

Trail mix in glass jar with a white lid.

More Easy Snack Ideas

Browse all

HUNGRY FOR MORE? Subscribe to my newsletter and follow on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for all the newest recipes!

trail mix in glass bowl

Trail Mix Recipe

5 from 9 votes
↑ Click stars to rate now!
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

Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to give it a star rating below!

Bowl of homemade trail mix.

Let’s connect

Join our community of over 5 million!

Featured on

  • Taste of Home
  • Martha Stewart
  • Country Living
  • BuzzFeed
  • Yahoo
  • Food Network
  • Today