This vegan trail mix snack recipe is super fast and simple to prepare.
Trail mix is the ideal plant-based snack for when you need a quick energy boost or afternoon pick-me-up and especially good for when you are on-the-move.
Its easy to have this trail mix prepared for an instant healthy snack and the fibre content can help reduce cravings for more refined snacks.
A common issue for those new to plant-based and vegan diets is eating enough to feeling full. For many people incorporating more calorific but nutrient dense foods can help.
A 40g serving of trail mix contains roughly 155 calories. Those plant-based calories may help you feel more satiated.
Check out this interview with plant-based Dr Greger for more information on nuts and appetite.
Origins of trail mix
Trail mix dates back to at least 1913 when it was referred to as ''gorp'' within the Oxford English Dictionary.
Gorp stands for ''good old raisins and peanuts''.
Gorp was used as the name suggests as a snack for trail walkers.
There is even a day in honour of trail mix.
National Trail Mix Day is held each year on the 31st August. This is the perfect excuse to prep some trail mix go off on a long walk and enjoy!
Vegan Trail Mix Snack Recipe Notes
- Vegan trail mix should last for many months stored within a sealed air-tight container and kept in a dry place.
- Enjoy about a ¼ cup or 40g of trail mix as a serving.
- To ensure a plentiful supply just throw in extra ingredients as you go to keep your container of trail mix topped up. Its a good way to use up small quantities of muesli, granola, cereals, seeds, nuts, and dried fruits.
- Banana chips are a tasty addition.
- Add other dried fruit, nuts or seeds that you may have at home to your trail mix.
- Switch up the ingredients, Don't have cashews? Use sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Have Brazil nuts instead of walnuts? Use those. Don't have raisins? Use goji berries, cranberries, or sultanas. Don't have mango? Use papaya, apricots, etc.
- Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are less expensive so if necessary switch the cashews and walnuts for a seed blend. I often do when I have run out of nuts.
- If you are in the UK Home Bargains, Aldi or Lidl is a good place to source inexpensive dried fruit, nuts and seeds. I have purchased dried mango, cranberries, walnuts, and cashews from Home Bargains. If you can't find any coconut flakes try your local health store/wholefoods as they will likely have some. Otherwise many major supermarkets stock coconut flakes often in individual portion sizes.
- Try adding some freeze dried fruit.
- Use your healthy vegan trail mix as a breakfast topping! Scatter some over your favourite cereal or a bowl of porridge/oatmeal. For an authentic Scottish method for preparing porridge and oatmeal check out this post.
- Toss some trail mix over a yogurt pot or serving of yogurt.
- Trail mix is tasty sprinkled over some stewed fruit such as apples, plums, and pears.
- Enjoy some trail mix alongside a piece of fresh fruit for a delicious light meal or snack.
- Add some air-popped popcorn for a fun trail mix blend.
- A shake of cinnamon or mixed spice/pumpkin spice will create a tasty autumnal trail mix flavour.
- Vegan-friendly chocolate chips are a delicious addition but if your not keen just leave these out. Or perhaps use carob nibs.
- Try adding in some crunchy granola, wholegrain cereal such as multigrain hoops, or whole-wheat/rice puff type cereal.
Vegan Trail Mix
- Airtight container
- 130 grams cashews Or brazils, almonds, pecans etc, chop in half's or quarters.
- 20 grams coconut flakes Or dried coconut chunks.
- 60 grams raisins Or cranberries, sultanas, currants, goji berries
- 50 grams dried walnuts Chopped into half's or quarters
- 50 grams dried mango Or dried apricots or papaya, chopped.
- 65 grams dried dates chopped
- 100 grams vegan chocolate chips or a block of vegan chocolate chopped into pieces, or use cacao nibs
- Mix all ingredients and add to an airtight container.
- If kept dry this trail mix should keep well for many months.
- Nutritional information is provided for guidance only and is not a strict calculation as ingredients vary.
- Nutritional data is based on a 40g serving.
- This recipe prepares around 475g trail mix.
- Store trail mix within an airtight container in a cool, dry area and it should keep for many months.