The BEST Homemade Trail Mix

by Liz
~3.5 cups
10 min

You may have had homemade trail mix before, but have you had the BEST homemade trail mix? Unless you’ve already tried this recipe, I’d say you have not ;). This trail mix recipe is high protein, low carb & gluten free, but it is so gosh darn delicious you’d never know it is healthy!

The BEST homemade trail mix. We have got chocolate covered almonds, dried fruits, home toasted and salted seeds, high protein cereal, and some more nuts! We have all the goods to give you all the different textures and all the best flavors because that is what a good trail mix is all about! Plus this is a great use of a lot of all ingredients that you probably have left over and laying around too 🙂

If your snacking practices are anything like mine, you are going to love having this on hand to satisfy and sweet or salty craving that may come your way!

Ingredients you’ll need for the BEST Homemade Trail Mix:

  • Chocolate covered almonds – I used Hu Kitchen’s hunks for this because they are vegan and refined sugar free.
  • Seeds – I used raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, because I think they taste the best!
  • Nuts – I used some raw walnuts and pecans to add more variety to the mix as well as some different nutrients.
  • Dried fruits – for a little sweetness! I used dried cranberries and dried apricots because they are what I had leftover from holiday recipe testing.
  • High protein cereal – I used Three Wishes cinnamon cereal here, which I have recently fell in love with because it is high protein, low carb, low sugar, and so crunchy and flavorful! It does have cane sugar but you can swap for a cereal that doesn’t
  • Spices – I use cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt to give a nice sweet and salty vibe to this trail mix


  • As I mentioned, the cereal I use has sugar. You can swap this for the unsweetened flavor of Three Wishes, or another cereal you like that doesn’t have sugar. You could also get this crunch from pretzels or popcorn.
  • If you can’t find chocolate covered almonds you can always use chocolate chips as your chocolate fix and regular almonds!
  • You can swap any of the nuts or dried fruits or seeds for ones you like better if you see something you aren’t a huge fan of – this is totally customizable!
Tips for the BEST Homemade Trail Mix:

This recipe is super easy and customizable, but I do have a couple tips so you get it right the first time!

  • If you use cereal, eat it quickly! It will get stale after a few days.
  • When you roast the seeds, pat them dry. You don’t need a ton of oil added into the mix so if you went heavy handed just dry that off.
  • Let the seeds cool, but not completely. You don’t want them completely melting your chocolate but I loved how some of them stuck to the almonds, and then the melted chocolate got on some of the other ingredients, and it helped the spices stick to everything. I think it is one of the secret tricks to making this the best!

If you have a question about something I didn’t cover here don’t hesitate to ask! You can leave a comment below or reach out via Instagram DM and I am more than happy to help.

In addition to the listed ingredients, you will need:

  • a cookie sheet
  • parchment paper
  • cooking spray
  • a large mixing bowl

Enjoy your snacking!

If you try this recipe please leave a rating and a review in a comment below! It would mean the world to me 🙂 If you remake on Instagram please also tag me at @donutworry_behealthy when you share so I can see your creation!


The BEST Homemade Trail Mix
Recipe details
  • ~3.5  cups
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • 1/2 cup chocolate covered almonds
  • 1/2 cup cereal (I used Three Wishes cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • a dash of nutmeg

Pour your pumpkin and sunflower seeds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Spray with oil and sprinkle with salt.  Bake at 400F until brown and crispy, about 5 minutes.
While those are baking, combine the rest of your ingredients (except the spices) in a large mixing bowl.
When the seeds are done, pat them dry if there is a lot of extra oil on them, and let them cool a little bit but not completely before mixing them in with the rest of the ingredients.  This will cause the chocolate on the almonds to melt a little, making little clusters of ingredients and getting a nice chocolate residue on the other ingredients!  While still warm, sprinkle on seasonings (the melty-ness of everything will also help the spices stick!)
Pour into a mason jar or Tupperware and store in the pantry.
  • You can always add/omit ingredients as you prefer!
  • For this to be vegan and refined sugar free, use Hu Kitchen’s almond hunks  – they have no dairy and are sweetened with coconut sugar
  • Also for refined sugar free, use a cereal that doesn’t have sugar, or replace with gluten free pretzels or popcorn
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