Trail Mix Recipes: 2 Healthy Recipes

Trail mix recipes – there is 100s on the Internet! Why are they so popular? Living in today’s fast paced world, trail mix is the ideal snack for the whole family- packed with wholesome goodness- it makes healthy snacking quick, easy and yummy!

My favourite memory of trail mix comes from my Mom making my sisters’ and me “exam-survival-packs” consisting of snacks and bible verses. She always threw in a homemade trail mix with oupa Gerrie’s peanuts straight from the farm. She also loved raisins and saltines that added a nice balance to her recipe. Today, I’m giving you 2 trail mix recipes that will win over the whole family.

“Trail mix or scroggin is a type of snack mix, typically a combination of granola, dried fruit, nuts, and sometimes chocolate, developed as a food to be taken along on hikes. Trail mix is considered an ideal snack food for hikes, because it is lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious, providing a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit, and sustained energy from fats in nuts.”


Interesting fact:
‘The combination of nuts, raisins and chocolate as a trail snack dates at
least to the 1910s, when outdoorsman Horace Kephart recommended it
in his popular camping guide.’

Trail Mix Recipes: The Building Blocks of Decadent Trail Mix

1. Nuts
Feel free to use any kind of nut here! Ideally, purchase raw nuts that haven’t been coated and roasted in hydrogenated or soybean oils and salt. You’re welcome to dry roast them at home for an added homemade feel, but if you’re a nut purist, just keep them raw.

2. Seeds
Don’t forget about seeds! Often overlooked for the health benefits of nuts, seeds actually pack a serious nutritional punch including protein, iron, magnesium and an array of vitamins and minerals. Again, look for raw, unsalted seeds.

3. Dried Fruit
Because of the high sugar content in dried fruit, they’re a great snack to help boost your low blood sugar after a high dose of physical activity. Be careful when picking dried fruit!

Do your best to find sun dried fruit that isn’t coated in sugar and is ideally unsulfured. It’s more expensive, but it’s worth it.

4. Favourite Extras!
Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean you can’t throw in a little fun! I’m all about balance, so feel free to add in a handful of your favourite decadent feel good treats. My favourites are coconut flakes and dark chocolate, what’s yours?

Ma Kowie’s Healthy Trail Mix recipe is easy to make and customize, loaded with healthy fats
from wholesome nuts, dried fruit, and all your favourite extras:

Ma Kowie’s Healthy Trail Mix Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4-5 cups

For the customizable version:

  • 1 ½ cups raw nuts i.e. almonds, pecans, cashews, peanuts etc.
  • 1 cup raw seeds i.e. sunflower, pumpkin, poppy seeds etc.
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried fruit
  • Extras (amounts vary) i.e. ½ cup chopped dark chocolate, ½ cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup popcorn
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of black pepper.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Store in a mason jar (don’t use single use plastic for this, being the green diva
    that you are).
  3. Will keep for up to 1 month.

Always remember a portion of trail mix is approximately 1 cupped palm. Two cupped palms if you’re on any of my exercise programs.

Trail Mix Recipes.

My Go-To Trail Mix Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4-5 cups


  • 1 cup Raw almonds (High in unsaturated fats)
  • ½ cup Raw Grondboontjies (Peanuts) (I toast mine in the oven for 10 mins at 200 degrees Celcius)
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened, cherries
  • ½ cup unsweetened, raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped 82% dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup of coconut flakes
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg


1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
2. Store in a mason jar. (Never ever use single use plastic if you can avoid it.)
3. Will keep for up to 1 month.

Optional: If you really need the extra sweetness, you can coat the mix with
a 2 tsp xylitol before storing.

Enjoy! If you make any of these be sure to tag me on Instagram! What’s your favorite trail mix recipes?


Trail Mix Recipes
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