Looking for a simpler snack to make for the kids when you need something on the go? Here are some Nut Free Trail Mix ideas that you can put together!
Nut Free Trail Mix Ideas
If you have kids that like to snack like mine or if you happen to be out of the house a lot hiking, road tripping, or anything else, having somewhat frugal snacks on hand is a must!
The challenge for us has come in with the nut allergy in our home. Simple snacks like those that use nuts or peanut butter are off the table and as much as we love eating fruit, it doesn’t work as a great snack all the time and it gets old when you eat the same thing every day.
This fall I thought it would be fun to make a trail mix that would be easy for us to take along, especially on our trips to town and our hiking excursions. Trail Mix seemed like a great option, but finding a pre-made nut free trail mix (within a semi-affordable range) seems out of the question.
So I decided to be creative and just mix up something of our own. I used a seed base and then added in some other fun things that my kids like and can have (we also have a dairy allergy!). Below I’m going to show you what I put together to give you an idea of what to do if this is something you want to make too, and I’ll also share a list of some other add-ins that might work for your family when you are building your own nut free trail mix.
I ended up purchasing all of the items for my Nut Free Trail Mix from Vitacost. I love getting snacky things from Vitacost because they send me great coupon codes every so once in a while and when they do, I stock up. Plus they always pack things so well and ship them out right away. It’s a great way to get “healthier” packaged foods when you don’t have a health foods store nearby!
If you prefer, you could also get all of these ingredients from Thrive Market as well.
Nut Free Trail Mix
What You Need:
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Chocolate Candies
There’s no special formula here, just mix all the ingredients together! I put some of this in a large container to store here at the house (THESE are the resuable bags I have) and then I packaged some of it in smaller “grab and go” bags for when we need to take it with us.
You don’t need to pick the same brands as I did, however with our allergies and intolerances (dairy, wheat, nuts), these are all good brands that work well for us. I could have selected another kind of cereal but I liked that this one was made from beans (added protein!) and not sweetened since I already added the raisins and the candies into the mix and that would be sweet enough for us.
If you want some other ideas on what you could add into this Nut Free Trail Mix, here are some to consider when you are putting it together!
- Cheddar Crackers (Like “bunny crackers” or these homemade cheddar crackers)
- Dried Cranberries
- Sesame Sticks
- Sweet Potato Crackers
- Chocolate Chips (but these may melt!)
- Dried Pineapple Pieces
- Dried Apple Pieces
- Chocolate Covered Raisins
- Banana Chips
- Dried Cherries
- Coconut Chips
- Other Cereals
- Mini Marshmallows
- Crispy Chickpeas
- Dried Blueberries
You could also add in a flavoring (BBQ spice, cinnamon, etc) when you make your trail mix, depending on the ingredients, to give it extra flavor or different flavors.
For the most part, though, I’ve just found that if it has yummy things in it that the kids will like…they will eat it whether it’s fancy or not. 🙂
But now I really want to know…what do you add into your trail mix? What other ingredients should I add to this list?