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9 DIY Trail Mix Everyone Will Love

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6


Here's how to make a do-it-yourself trail mix station that's such a fun thing for families to make before going on an adventure. You'll love all of my trail mix recipes and ideas too. There's no wrong way to make a trail mix.


Dried Fruit

  • We love dried pineapple, blueberries, cherries, persimmons, apricots, cranberries, and peaches. You could also include dried apples, dates, raisins and banana chips.

Nuts and Seeds

  • You can use just about any kind that you like/want/have. We like salted roasted almonds, honey roasted almonds, pecans, cashews, and peanuts. I also like to include sunflower seeds and hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas).


  • You can include all kinds of chocolate chips (dark, milk, white, or even peanut butter chips), M&M's of any variety, chocolate covered raisins, and even candy-coated sunflower seeds. Include what you like!

Other stuff

  • Shredded coconut or coconut chips and animal crackers are also great.


  1. Collect up your ingredients for making trail mix. I like to get a few things from each category though if we are hiking somewhere hot, I'll leave out the chocolate category so that it doesn't melt into a mess.
  2. Put the assorted ingredients into different bowls or into the cups of a muffin tin.
  3. Give your kids baggies/sacks/tupperware and let them pick and choose what they would like in their trail mix.
  4. Toss any "leftovers" from the bowls into a big bag. We call that "family trail mix" and we share it when their individual bags are gone.
  5. Go on an adventure and enjoy when you need a snack.


Some of our favorite Trail Mix Combos

  • Dried cherries, honey roasted almonds, milk chocolate chips, cashews, and animal crackers.
  • Peanuts, salted almonds, dried cranberries, milk, semi-sweet, white, AND peanut butter chips.
  • Dried cherries, dried blueberries, dried apricots, cashews, pecans, dark chocolate chips, and candy-coated sunflower seeds.
  • Dried persimmon (Aren't they pretty? Very chewy, FYI), honey roasted and salted almonds, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter chips, and candy-coated sunflower seeds.
  • Dried white peaches, honey roasted almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, and candy-coated sunflower seeds.
  • Dried pineapple, white peaches, blueberries and cranberries, walnuts, sunflower seeds, animal crackers, chocolate-covered raisins, M&M's, and milk chocolate chips.
  • Dried pineapple and apricots, salted almonds, cashews, white chocolate chip, pumpkin seeds, and coconut chips (my personal favorite!).
  • Dried blueberries, salted almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and white chocolate chips.
  • Honey roasted almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, M&M's, and dark chocolate chips

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Category: snack
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 200

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