This quick and easy nut-free trail mix recipe is ready in just 5 minutes and is perfect for hiking, camping, afternoon snacks, or school lunch kits. Made with crispy rice Chex cereal, dried cranberries, spiced pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips, it's the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and salty.
We all know that trail mix is a great snack for all kinds of outdoor adventures, particularly one that delivers some protein and healthy fats. But if you deal with allergies on a daily basis, you also know that finding a nut-free option isn't easy. Enter this easy allergy-friendly trail mix that can keep you fueled between meals.
Whether you need a nut-free snack for your group hike, something to tuck into your kids lunchbox, or a quick afternoon on-the-go snack, you'll love this customizable trail mix recipe that is made with pantry staples and is safe for almost everyone.
Why This Recipe is Great for Camping
- You can make this camping trail mix ahead of time so you've got a quick and easy snack that's ready for all your outdoor adventures.
- This can be stored at room temperature, so it doesn't take up precious cooler space.
- It can be customized to suit your tastes.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Rice Chex--The cereal adds bulk and crunch to the trail mix.
- Spiced pepitas--This adds a dose of healthy fats and a little bit of heat to the mix, but if you don't enjoy spicy foods, you can substitute plain roasted pepitas or sunflower seeds.
- Dried cranberries--Feel free to swap in raisins, or dried blueberries, or a combination.
- Chocolate chips--I use dark chocolate chips here, but you can use semi-sweet, if you prefer.
- Mix the Chex and pepitas together in a large bowl.
- Add the dried cranberries and chocolate and stir well to combine.
The trail mix recipe is nut-free and gluten-free. If you want to avoid dairy and soy, be sure to select chocolate chips that are allergen-free, such as Enjoy Life brand.
Since moisture and humidity will negatively affect your mixture, keep it in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.
Sure. Feel free to play around with different types of crispy cereal, chocolate, candies, seeds, and dried fruits. For best results use a variety of ingredients that are sweet, salty, spicy, and crispy.
Tips and Troubleshooting
- Store your trail mix in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
- This healthy nut-free trail mix recipe is suitable for gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan diets, but make sure that the chocolate chips you are using are dairy-free and vegan if necessary. I recommend Enjoy Life brand if this is a concern for you.
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Nut-Free Trail Mix
- 2 cups Rice Chex cereal
- ½ cup spiced pepitas
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Stir gently to thoroughly combine the trail mix.
- Storage--Store your trail mix in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
- Dietary--This healthy nut-free trail mix recipe is suitable for gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan diets, but make sure that the chocolate chips you are using are dairy-free and vegan if necessary. I recommend Enjoy Life brand if this is a concern for you.