This nut free trail mix is a must have for snack time, road trips, camping, and more! Protein packed, healthy, and so easy to mix up. Gluten free + vegan friendly.
In need of a great after school snack? This healthy nut-free trail mix is a perfect snack for anyone! It's simple to make and is a great idea for nut-free schools. I love that it's made with whole foods, and the best part is you can customize it to your unique allergy and diet needs.
Free From: wheat (optional), gluten, yeast, dairy (optional), casein, eggs (optional), fish, shellfish, soy, sesame, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, corn, celery, mustard, sunflower, and more
This trail mix is full of protein, healthy fats, and no added sugar. It's a perfect snack for those with a peanut allergy or tree nut allergy because you can make it at home and know it is safe. For more delicious portable snack ideas, check out my nut free granola and nut free granola bars!
Nut Free Trail Mix Ingredients
These ingredients are inspired by the classic trail mix combos, but done with a nut-free twist! All of these ingredients can easily be found in your local grocery store. Here are some examples of what you’ll need.
- Pumpkin Seeds - I prefer raw and unsalted.
- Sunflower Seeds - Again, I prefer raw and unsalted.
- Dried Fruits - You can do any type of dried fruit you like. For these photos, I used dried cranberries - my favorite!
- Mini Pretzels - Snyder’s of Hanover makes these adorable mini pretzels. They also make gluten free mini pretzels for those who need a gluten free option! But any pretzel will work well here.
- Crackers - I love adding a cheesy cracker to this. It not only brightens up the look of the trail mix, it also adds a delicious crunch. Annie’s makes a ton of different organic flavors, including gluten free!
- Chocolate Chips or Candies - You can’t have a trail mix without something sweet! Plain chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or these tiny m&m’s are all perfect for this recipe.
If you are avoiding dyes, you can use Unreal candies for a similar candy to m&m’s that are all dye free!
If you are gluten free, use a gluten free pretzel and cracker. Make sure you source gluten free seeds as well.
If you are avoiding dairy and eggs, most pretzels are safe, just make sure to find a good dairy free and egg free cracker. You will also want to make sure that the chocolate chips you use are dairy free. I love to use Enjoy Life chocolate chips!
For the full instructions with exact recipe measurements, please see the recipe card below!
This recipe could not be any simpler. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix well. Done!
You can store this in a big container, or, portion them out into single servings to grab on the go.
- Super Fruit trail mix - Add more fruit to make a delicious fruity flavor! Try dried cranberries, dried blueberries, raisins, dried and chopped dates, apricots, cherries, or even mango! Banana chips can also be a great option, just make sure that they are not dried with coconut oil if you are allergic to coconuts.
- Spicy - Roast the pumpkin and sunflower seeds with a bit of chili powder on a baking sheet before adding to the trail mix.
- Whole Grain Goodness - Add some more whole grains to your trail mix by adding things like Cheerios, Rice Chex, or Corn Chex!
- Coconut trail mix - If you can have coconut, add ½ cup of coconut flakes to the final mix. Coconut is classified as tree nuts but there are some people who don’t react to coconut. Use what works for you!
How to Store
Trail mix is a great snack because of how long it stores!
Countertop: Store in an air-tight container on the countertop for up to 2 months. Mason jars or other plastic containers are good options. You can also purchase portion control bags to have ready made snacks to go anytime!
Fridge + Freezer: I don’t recommend storing this trail mix in the fridge or freezer. The crackers can get soggy if moisture gets in there and no one likes a soggy pretzel. It keeps best at room temperature.
More Healthy Snacks
Planning a road trip or going camping? Here are some other yummy snacks to take along for the ride!
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- mixing bowl
- mixing spoon
- measuring cups
- Air tight container
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup chocolate chips or small candies
- ½ cup dried fruit cranberries or raisins
- 1 cup mini pretzels
- 1 cup cheese crackers
- Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix and serve!
- Store in an airtight container on the countertop for up to 2 months. You can also use small containers or plastic bags to portion out snacks for the week. Enjoy!