Try These DIY Trail Mixes For Your Next Road Trip
Trail mix is a must for any road trip. The crunchy combination of salty and sweet somehow has the power to satisfy all of our cravings in one convenient bag. There might be a ton of pre-packaged trail mixes out there, but it’ll always taste better homemade. Depending on what you’re in the mood for, you can tailor your trail mix. We’ve got some trail mix recipe inspiration for all of your road trip snacking needs.
For a snack that’ll give you some island vibes make sure you have all of those dried tropical fruits and coconut flakes on hand. Go with a mixture of dried bananas, dried pineapple, almonds, golden raisins, coconut flakes and dried mango. Make sure those almonds are salted if you want that full salty and sweet balance in your trail mix. This tropical mix calls for chocolate chips so you’ll have a little creaminess in the batch.
Some like their road trip snacks on the fruity side. We’re thinking you should go with dried blueberries, dried cranberries, raisins, cashews, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. Between the tart and the sweet from the berries and the crunch of the nuts and seeds, you’ll have all of the flavors you need.
Savory And Spicy
For the ones who always go savory over sweet, we’re fans of a curried trail mix. One of our favorite curried nut mixes calls for a mixture of cashews, almonds, pecans, pistachios and peanuts with curry powder, cumin and cayenne. Brazil nuts, with a hearty and buttery texture, would also be a good choice here. After snacking on a batch of this savory trail mix, you won’t have to worry about getting hungry while you’re driving. This recipe calls for brown sugar, but if you use maple syrup or maple sugar-roasted nuts it’ll be even better.
Sometimes you want a trail mix that’ll give you a healthy boost. For a snack mix packed with superfoods, we’re into the combination fo goji berries, dark chocolate, Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds and blueberries. We like a superfood trail mix that’s a combination of sweet, crunchy and chewy. Between dark chocolate, blueberries and goji berries, you’ll be all set with antioxidants. Sprinkle some coconut chips in there for a little extra sweetness and pumpkin seeds for the heart-healthy fatty acids.
Since we love cacao, we’re fans of a chocolate-centric trail mix. No one can say no to a peanut butter and chocolate duo. We’re into the combination of walnuts and cashews for all of those healthy fats. Throw in some pumpkin seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs and peanut butter chips. Always remember the sea salt for that salty and sweet contrast. Just remember to keep any trail mix with chocolate at room temperature so you won’t have a gooey mess on your hands while you’re on the road.