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Quick and Easy Allergy Free Trail Mix Recipe

Trail mix is a fantastic portable - and if you skip the kind made with candy and chocolate - reasonably healthy snack.

That is nearly impossible to find.

It's not that I don't like chocolate (I do,) but can't eat a trail mix containing milk chocolate. If a store bought trail mix doesn't have milk ingredients, it usually has a surgery cereal or some other junk food type ingredient which makes it the nutritional equivalent to diving face first in a bowl of Jelly Bellies and not coming up for air until you've finished the entire thing.

Not that I have any experience doing that, ahem.

Basic mixed nuts would be a simple switch if only the folks I'd be around didn't have nut and peanut allergies. I think it is totally rude to send your friends into an anaphylactic reaction. A real jerk move.

Enjoy Life has a trail mix free of the 8 major food allergens (you can learn more about the allergy free Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix here) but I'm afraid the chocolate chips will melt while riding around in my pocket and it is kinda spendy, so I decided to make my own. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience.)

Easy Nut Free Trail Mix Recipe

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My allergy free trail mix recipe is what I like to call a Mix and Match Recipe. As long as you use a quarter cup of sweet stuff (dried fruit, chocolate, yogurt covered raisins, etc.) to half a cup of salty seeds in the recipe, you'll get the perfect sweet-salty flavor of trail mix.

And if my amounts don't do it for you, feel free to add more or less of your favorite ingredient to create your perfect flavor balance!

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe:

Salty Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of roasted sunflower seeds - You can buy salted and unsalted roasted sunflower seed kernels here
Other salty ingredients ideas include: hemp hearts (buy them here,) nuts and peanuts (as long as you and yours can safely eat them,) or your favorite salty ingredient.

Sweet Ingredients:  

1/4 Cup of raisins - you can buy raisins here
1/4 Cup of dried cranberries - you can buy dried cranberries here 
Other sweet ingredient ideas include: your favorite dried or freeze dried fruit (blueberries, apples, banana chips, etc.) or sweet treat - chocolate chips, etc.

How to Make this Recipe:

DIY allergy free trail mix recipe


1. Combine and thoroughly mix together the salty and sweet ingredients together and to taste.
2. Eat. Enjoy. Repeat! 
And before you freak out about the price of the ingredients, I bought everything to make the recipe pictured here from Aldi, which makes it even more affordable than the Enjoy Life mix. Not that have anything against Enjoy Life, I buy some of their products on occasion, it's more of a supply and demand with no melt-able ingredient kind of thing.

Rather buy than DIY? Check out the allergy free trail mix and bar options - and more - below!

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Tai East said…
I absolutely love trail mix! Definitely looking forward to trying this one out! Thank you for sharing!
Looks interesting... but I don't want either nuts NOR dried fruit in my trail mix - can't stand the texture of any dried fruits other than strawberries. Glad to see yours is nut free, however.
You can easily leave out the dried fruit and don't add nuts. Like I mentioned earlier, it is a Mix and Match recipe you can tailor to your specific needs, wants, and desires.
Jhuls said…
I love everything about this trail mix. Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!
That combo sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this with us on The Homestead Blog Hop.
That looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope to see you again tomorrow!