Best Ideas for Trail Mix Ingredients 2021

We’ve included plenty of ideas for trail mix recipes and you can find a review on in our 2021 Trail Mix Review post. But as there’s no official trail mix recipe the world is your oyster (not sure I’d recommend oysters in a trail mix). Make up your own recipe or modify one of our suggestions. Get the kids and everyone else involved and maybe have a blind tasting on the hike to see which is the best.

Making your own trail mix is very helpful if you have food allergies or simply because you have your own peculiar favorite flavors.

Dried Fruits

There are plenty of options when it comes to buying dried fruits but have you ever considered producing your own dried fruits. This can be fun and relatively cheap if you buy fruits and vegetable in season. Or you can grab a bag that’s on sale because it’s close to its sell/best by date. If you think this is something you’d like to try please visit our step by step guide on how to make your own home dried fruit and vegetables.

Roasted or Raw Nuts?

Should you be using raw or roasted nuts in your trail mix recipes?

  • Raw nuts typically have more fiber, more nutrients.
  • Whole, uncooked nuts typically keep better.
  • Soaking in water, roasting, dicing etc. might release extra nutrients and make the nuts easier to digest.
  • Roasting with salt, spices and oils might not be good for some peoples health.
  • Roasting, especially if it’s overdone, might release or create chemicals with harmful effects.

In the end “moderation in everything and everything in moderation” isn’t a bad motto. If you’re concerned about nut allergies or other health effects take care where you shop and always seek advice from your Primary health care providers.

Trail Mix Ingredient List

Here are some of the options you might like to consider.


  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Walnut

Dried Fruit

  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Banana Chips
  • Coconut chips

Chocolates & Candies

  • Cacao Nibs
  • White chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows


  • Air popped popcorn
  • Puffed rice
  • Toasted oat cereal
  • Pretzels


  • Beef jerky
  • Dried peas
  • Dried chickpeas
  • Sesame sticks
  • Toasted hemp hearts

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