Cranberry White Chocolate Trail Mix

There are some things it makes sense to buy pre-made at the store, but trail mix is not one of them.

For one thing, if you’re looking for trail mix, you want a healthy snack you can munch on while you hike or while you work. And unless you scrutinize your ingredients, you don’t know what’s in the mix.

On top of that, trail mix can be pretty high in calories, especially if you just open a bag and snack on it.

Making your own trail mix, though, lets you control what’s in each portion, limit some of the sugar and eliminate extra additives, and stock it full of the things you really like! That, and it’s ridiculously easy.

Trail mix is usually made up of these ingredients in various combinations:

  • Nuts: almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans, peanuts, walnuts, pine nuts, and Brazil nuts are all great options to work into your trail mix
  • Seeds: sunflower, flax, pumpkin – roasted or raw
  • Dried Fruit: dried apples, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, apricots, figs, mango, dates, raisins, and more – keep these fairly moderate, as many dried fruits have added sugar
  • Sweet Treats: chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, yogurt balls, marshmallows, M&Ms – just add a little bit of sweet to the mix for a little extra treat
  • Seasonings: change things up by adding some spices here and there – cinnamon, salt, curry, cayenne, garlic salt, and more!

I started making my own trail mix as a young lieutenant by buying a bag of M&Ms, a bag of peanuts, and a bag of gold raisins, and shaking them all up together in a large Ziploc.

My trail mix preferences have evolved slightly since then, and my current favorite is this Cranberry White Chocolate Trail Mix {as you guys might have noticed from these cookies, this is a favorite flavor combination of mine}.

Cranberry White Chocolate Trail Mix

Makes

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

How to Make It:

1. Add all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine – or do what I do and put it all in a sealable airtight container and shake to combine.

2. Seal the container and store in a cool dry place for up to a month.

Five ingredients, shaken or stirred, and voila, you’ve got a nice, easy, healthy snack for those spring hikes!

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