How To Make Trail Mix

Don't Buy Pre-Packaged -- Make Your Own and Save

Is it trail mix or gorp (gobs of raw protein)? Whatever you want to call it, here is the boost you can enjoy late morning or mid-afternoon, whether you are at work or play.

You will need:

  1. A big bowl

  2. Sandwich-size plastic bags

Basic Mix:

  1. Whole almonds, roasted and salted

  2. Raisins

  3. Plain M&Ms

In equal parts, such as 2 cups each, combine the above three ingredients. Mix well. Spoon mixture into sandwich-size bags. Seal and store in freezer.

If you know you are going to be on the go, grab a bag from the freezer and take that pick-me-up along. You will be glad!

But now I know you are thinking that's all pretty plain for trail mix. Well, depending on your taste buds, you can add a myriad of other ingredients.

Additional Ingredients:

  • Sunflower seeds, pine nuts, or pistachios (seed meat only)

  • Dried cranberries, cherries, bananas or apricots

  • Granola or other nutritious cereal

  • Blanched peanuts or any variety of legumes

  • Cashews, walnuts or pecan halves

  • Shredded coconut

  • Chocolate chips, either milk chocolate or semi-sweet

And then there are spices that can be added to change up your trail mix each time you make it. Whether you like it spicy hot or tasty, it is up to you.

Combinations of Ground Spices:

  • Cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin spices

  • Garlic, cumin, cayenne and chili powders

By thinking ahead and creating your own trail mix, you will save money and always have a good, nutritious snack at the ready. Remember, we all need a certain amount of omega-3 fatty acids and carbohydrates every day to stay healthy, happy and energetic.


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If it is sealed tightly, I would say up to 6 months, if it lasts that long!

By Marion Cornett

Good article by the way. :) Many thanks...good idea for snacks!!

By Brandy Bryan

One Question - how long will that store in the freezer and not get that "funky" taste?

By Brandy Bryan