Trail Mix: 10 ingredients, 5 tasty variations

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The weather will be cooling down in Southern California, which means I’ll be hitting the trail more often. 
One of the things I pack in my hiking bag…in addition to other yummy snacks…is trail mix. Whether you call it trail mixgorp or scroggin, it is a tasty snack that can pack a nutritious punch.
Yes, nutritious! You don’t need to buy the super-salty candy-laden gorp from the store, you can make it yourself so you can select your favorites while also making healthier choices.

Trail Mix: 10 ingredients, 5 tasty variations

  1. Bar Nuts  –  This spicy mix is heavy on peanuts, the classic way to get some protein while on the trail. The difference? Chili powder covered peanuts! Yes, this mix includes unsalted peanuts and chili peanuts! The other ingredients are unsalted cashews, salted pretzel twists, and pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds). I love spicy foods, so this mix really speaks to me.
  2. California Classic — This mix is all about the more ‘granola’ ingredients used…including hemp seeds. Yep, hemp seeds! Why? Because there are a ton of amino acids in there. The other ingredients include: unsalted cashews, roasted almonds, dark chocolate chips, pepitas, dried goji berries (also known as wolfberries, has Vitamin A and antioxidants), and salted pretzel twists. This one is a bit harder to eat, as the peptias and hemp seeds sink below the mighty pretzels. 
  3. Kitchen Sink — I just threw all of the leftover ingredients into a pile in the middle and it goes pretty well…I mean, who doesn’t want a chili peanut and dark chocolate covered espresso bean at the same time? Right…this is the perfect mix for a couple who don’t want to choose what goes into their mix.
  4. The Early Bird — This one (and the California Classic) is so Alex. We called it the Early Bird because it has a ton of seeds (hemp, sunflower, and pepitas) and dark chocolate covered espresso beans. This mix is a bit messy…those seeds get everywhere! The other ingredients include: unsalted cashews, roasted pecans, and unsalted almonds. Sunflower seeds have a good amount of Vitamin E, which is a little powerhouse of its own.
  5. The Classic — I had to do it. I had to strip away some of the fanciness and get back to basics. This classic mix includes salted twisted pretzels, unsalted peanuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, and dark chocolate chips. I’m a big fan of including the dark chocolate chips, but if you’re going on a hike and expect the temperature to be pretty high, I would recommend leaving them out so they don’t melt and get everywhere.
So there you go! 10 ingredients turned into 5 tasty mixes.

I can’t wait to get out on the trail to eat these again…because eating them while sitting in my cubicle seems just a teeny bit sad.
What do you like to put in your trail mix?
What snacks do you bring with you on your adventures?

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