5 Sweet & Savory Trail Mix to Make at Home

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Trail Mix is a snack that is typically eaten during hikes as a source of nutrition that could give a quick energy boost. However, the popularity of trail mixes have increased that there are now numerous variety of recipes for trail mixes from salty to sweet flavors. It is even fun to be eaten during a lockdown or home quarantine and not just for hikes.

Here are 5 savoury and sweet trail mix recipes:

Tamarind Trail Mix

Ingredients:

  • 500 gram mixed nuts and seeds (you can use walnut halves, cashews, pepitas and sunflower seeds)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Large pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tamarind paste*
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried mango

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place nuts, coconut, cayenne, cumin, coriander and kosher salt in a large bowl.
  2. Prepare a medium-mesh strainer.
  3. Warm butter, honey, brown sugar, tomato paste and tamarind paste over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Don’t worry about any seed particles from the tamarind. It will be strained out.
  4. Pour the butter-tamarind mixture through the medium-mesh strainer into the bowl with the nuts. Toss until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Spread nuts on the prepared baking sheet and bake the nuts for 25 – 27 minutes, stirring occasionally. The nuts will gradually get darker in color as the sugars caramelize.
  6. Take the nuts from the oven and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt. Let cool completely then toss with dried mango and add sprinkling of chopped fresh cilantro.

Recipe Notes

*If your tamarind paste still has seed particles in it, be sure to strain them out before adding to the nut mixture. Otherwise, you can also use tamarind concentrate. Swap out the tamarind paste with 1 1/2 teaspoons of tamarind concentrate.

Indian Snack Mix

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Corn Chex
  • 4 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups miniature pretzels
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 cup golden raisins

Directions:

  1. Combine the cereals, pretzels and almonds in a large bowl.
  2. Grab a small bowl and combine the butter, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings.
  3. Drizzle over cereal mixture; toss to coat the mixture evenly.
  4. Transfer to two 15x10x1-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250° for 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in raisins.
  6. Cool completely on wire racks. Store in airtight containers.

1-2-3 Snack Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (6.6 ounces) miniature cheddar cheese fish-shaped crackers
  • 1 package (5 ounces) dried cranberries
  • 1-1/4 cups salted cashews

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the crackers, cranberries and cashews. Store in an airtight container.

Kiddie Crunch Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain or frosted animal crackers
  • 1 cup bear-shaped crackers
  • 1 cup miniature pretzels
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup M&M’s
  • 1 cup yogurt- or chocolate-covered raisins

Directions:

In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

Granola Trail Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) banana-nut granola
  • 1 package (15 ounces) raisins
  • 1 package (12.6 ounces) milk chocolate M&M’s
  • 1 can (12 ounces) honey-roasted peanuts

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a large bowl; toss to combine. Store in airtight containers.

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