Celebrate National Trail Mix Day with these yummy recipes


National Trail Mix Day is August 31, and this is one food that deserves a celebration. Trail mix is *the* go-to hiking snack, jam-packed with nutrients and flavor that can fuel any day. Whether you prefer yours with nuts and M&M’s or yogurt chips and dried bananas, there’s a DIY trail mix recipe out there for everyone. GL searched top foodie blogs to find the best trail mix recipes for you to make on National Trail Mix Day. Check them out below!

Pizza Trail Mix

Image: Eating Bird Food/Brittany Mullins

Shake up your usual trail mix with a recipe inspired by everyone’s favorite food: pizza. Don’t worry, this mix is way healthier than its namesake. Like in any good mix, the base is roasted nuts to offer a savory crunch that also delivers healthy fats and protein. Feel free to stray from what the recipe dictates if other nuts are more your preference. The pizza flavor comes from the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and seasoning fit for a deep dish. Find the whole recipe from Eating Bird Food here.

Nut-Free Trail Mix

Image: Elana’s Pantry/Elana Amsterdam

Currently, nut allergies affect three million Americans, meaning a nut-free trail mix is a must. This recipe from Elana’s Pantry replaces the salty element of nuts with roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds. The sweet element comes from chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and dried raisins for a variety of textures you’re sure to love. If you can’t find golden raisins, regular raisins should provide the same chewy goodness.

S’mores Trail Mix

Image: Six Sisters’ Stuff/Kendra Murdock

This delish recipe will have you ready to gather around the campfire after a long day of summer fun. Featuring everyone’s favorite combo of chocolate and marshmallows, S’mores Trail Mix puts a healthier twist on the classic camping treat. While broken-up graham crackers are always an option, this recipe recommends birthday-cake-flavored Goldfish crackers for a more unique taste.

Charcuterie Crunch Beef Jerky Trail Mix

Image: The Fit Fork/Jennifer Fisher

A trail mix inspired by game-day fuel? Yes, please! This trail mix recipe from The Fit Fork takes inspo from the classic charcuterie board, featuring yummy meat and cheese in addition to pecans, dried cherries, and other standard ingredients. It has the protein and carbs you need to own your next activity, whether it be a run with the girls or a swim in the pool.

PB&J Trail Mix

Image: Rachael Ray Every Day

We’ve saved the easiest recipe for last. Coming courtesy of celeb chef Rachael Ray, this trail mix recipe captures all the nostalgia of the PB&J’s you probably munched on in elementary school. Unlike the other recipes, there’s no toasting required. All you need is some Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal, nuts, dried cranberries, and peanut butter chips. Throw it all in a bag, and voilà! PB&J trail mix that’s as delicious as it is easy.

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by Bailey Bujnosek | 8/31/2021