Sure it comes conveniently packaged in bags at Costco, or all ready to go in the bulk bin at your local supermarket… But let’s be honest, most of us don’t like at least one of the ingredients in the pre-made trail mix!
Oh come now, you know you’ve eaten all the M&M’s out of the bag, and gave the raisins to your kids. ;) Plus, most store-bought trail mix is made with roasted Nuts (in oils); the Raisins and/or Dried Fruit are treated with sulfites; and it often has Candies in it!
Making your own homemade Trail Mix takes about 3 minutes and is so much more delicious since you can create a recipe with only your favorite ingredients! Besides, you will get the AMAZING health benefits of eating fresh nuts that are not processed. And it’s surprisingly economical - since preparing in bulk can almost always save you some bucks!
The Trail Mix recipe below is just a suggestion… feel free to mix it up and make it your own. Just remember, the goal is to create a ‘healthy’ snack that is beneficial to your body, with energy, nutrients, and good ‘fats’ – not just a temporary pick-me-up!
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The special tools & ingredients featured in this recipe are:
- Wide Canning Funnel
- Wide Mouth Mason Jars – Quart Size
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If you have the Living Cookbook software, you can import the free recipe file by cutting and pasting it right into your program.
Raw & Natural Trail Mix Recipe!
This recipe makes approximately 2 Gallons (or 8 Quart sized Mason Jars) of Trail Mix that lasts our family of 5 about a month… but feel free to scale it in half if you don’t need so much.
All ingredients I used in this Recipe were Organic.
- 2 Pounds Raw Cashews – Whole or Pieces
- 2 Pounds Raw Sprouted Almonds
- 1 Pound Raw Sunflower Seeds (without the shell)
- 1 Pound Dry Roasted Peanuts
- 1 Pound Raisins
- 1/2 Pound All Natural Coconut Flakes - No Sugar (about 4 cups)
- 1 Bag Enjoy Life Gluten Free & Dairy Free Mini Chocolate Chips
1. In Large Bowl, Mix all ingredients together well, and enjoy!
Yes, that’s it… See, I told you it would be easy!
Storage: Store Trail Mix in an airtight container(s) such as a Mason Jar in a cool, dark spot so the nuts don’t go rancid, and the chocolate doesn’t melt.
Yields: Approx. 2 Gallons (or 8 Quarts = 8 Large Mason Jar) (or 32 Cups) (or 128 1/4 Cup Servings)
NOTE: I portion control pretty much all of our food – so as a general rule, I serve about a 1/4 cup (or 3 Tablespoons) per person per day (depending on age & chewing ability) So an average batch lasts our family of 5 about 1-2 months.
Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have!