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Healthy Homemade Trail Mix (Kid-Approved)

This snack is great for kids, easy to pack, healthy, budget-friendly, and perfect for munching on in the car, at the beach, or alongside your lunch.

Trail mix is more than just a snack, it’s a childhood memory.

It’s one of those easy-to-pack snacks that your mom would feed you in the car, at the beach or as a perfect complement to your lunch. I can vividly remember eating handful after delicious handful of nuts and fruit with a hint of chocolatey sweetness in so many places.

Why I Stopped Buying Store-Bought Trail Mix

Once I became an adult, my LOVE for trail mix didn’t leave me. Shortly after starting my REAL food journey, I took a gander at the ingredients in my favorite trail mix while grocery shopping.

The spread ranged from RED 40 dye to an array of hydrogenated oils. WHHAAAAT?! I felt like I got hit with a ton of bricks when I realized even my seemingly “healthy” snack mix was filled with highly processed junk.

So, I set out to create a simple version that not only I could snack on, but my husband, kids and family could enjoy. This trail mix is the perfect rainy day activity when you’re looking to have a little healthy fun with your kids.

What to Look for When Purchasing Ingredients

  • No added sugar or oils. Make sure that your raisins, nuts and seeds do not have any added sugar or oils. The ingredients listed should be the raisin, nut itself, or seed, and maybe a small amount of salt.
  • Chocolate made with basic ingredients. Should contain basic ingredients such as cacao beans, cocoa powder, mass or liquor, cocoa butter (no other fats), vanilla and less than 10 grams of sugar.

Trail Mix Tips

  • Chocolate is a treat. Whenever making a big batch of trail mix, I’ll often make half the batch with chocolate chips and half without. If you’re adding chocolate to your trail mix, just remember chocolate is a treat! We typically use the brand Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips because they use FfL-friendly ingredients.
  • Set yourself up for success by pre-packing your snacks. If you plan enjoying this trail mix as a snack during the week and find yourself super busy or have difficulty with portion control, divide your trail mix into small bags beforehand, like these.
  • Save money by purchasing your nuts from Costco or a bulk bin at your local co-op.

Did You Make this Recipe?

If you make this Trail Mix recipe, we would love to hear how it turned out! Leave a comment below sharing what your friends and family thought of it. We love hearing from you and your ideas inspire us all! Don’t forget to tag @fullforlifegal on Instagram so we can admire your masterpiece! 🌟

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Healthy Homemade Trail Mix (Kid-Approved)

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Enjoy this simple, make-your-own homemade trail mix. It’s kid-friendly and is a great easy-to-pack healthy snack to eat in the car, at the beach or as a perfect complement to your lunch.


  • 1 & 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup cashews (or nut of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup raisins

Optional Addition & Treat:


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix together and serve or store in an airtight container.


For paleo version, do not use peanuts in this recipe.

Substitute raisins for dried cranberries, blueberries or cherries (or any dried fruit).

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Category: Do It Yourself, How To's, Recipes
  • Method: Too Easy

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