Arizona Trail Mix- Peanuts, almonds, and cashews combined with sunflower seeds and pepitas tossed with coconut oil and sea salt then mixed with raisins make the perfect sweet and salty snack that is perfect on the go.
Trail mix wasn't invented until the late 1960s. GORP, also known as Good Old Raisins and Peanuts, also showed up around that time. The 60s were a free and happy time, and healthier eating habits were coming into vogue. There was no turning back, and by the 1970's you could find trail mix in specialty stores. It was expensive, but you could find it.
Slowly trail mixes grew in popularity and made it to the mainstream, but it wasn't for over 20 years that people started making their own. The internet helped with recipes popping up all over the place. Also, you can find any nut, seed, and dried fruit you can think of at your fingertips.
This sweet and salty Arizona trial mix has been in my household repertoire for years, but pepitas are a new addition to the recipe. They add a ton of flavor and a nice texture to the mix. They are high in protein too! In fact, this recipe is high in protein. Take a few minutes of your day to make this tasty trail mix, and you'll have a healthy snack you can easily take with you anywhere!
Why You'll Love This Vegan Trail Mix Recipe
Great On The Go- This mix is perfect for taking on hikes, camping trips, or long car rides.
Budget-Friendly- Sweet and salty trail mix is much more affordable than a store-bought variety and yields a larger batch.
Better Than Store-Bought- Made with all-natural fresh ingredients, a tastier alternative to store-bought.
Customizable- Add or omit your favorite nuts and seeds to make this trail mix your own.
Simple Ingredients- All you need is a handful of easy-to-find ingredients to make this sweet and salty trail mix.
Easy To Make- This trail mix comes together in minutes with just a few simple steps.
Equipment Needed To Make Homemade Trail Mix
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Large Stirring Spoon
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
Ingredients For Arizona Trail Mix
- Sunflower Seeds
- Spanish Peanuts
- Coconut Oil
- Sea Salt
How To Make This Sweet And Salty Arizona Trail Mix
Trail mix may be one of the easiest things you can make. Simply add all of the ingredients into your large mixing bowl. That's it! Enjoy as desired.
Note: These measurements do not have to be exact. If you would like more of one seed or nut than another, the trail mix will still be excellent.
What to Serve/Pair With Trail Mix
The options are endless, with so many different ways to enjoy this sweet and salty Arizona trail mix! This recipe is perfect for on-the-go healthy snacks, packed lunches, or even as a dessert. Get creative and enjoy!
This particular trail mix would go well with:
- Baked Goods
Popular Substitutions & Additions
Nuts- You can use any type of nut in this recipe. Pistachios, macadamia, walnuts, slivered almonds, whole almonds, or Brazil nuts would all be delicious options.
Seeds- Pumpkin seeds, chia, and flax seeds are all great additions to this vegan trail mix.
Dried Fruits- Cranberries, cherries, and apricots would all be great in this vegan trail mix.
Chocolate Chips- Adding vegan chocolate chips would be a great addition to this trail mix.
Coconut- Raw or toasted coconut flakes would both make this trail mix extra tasty.
As you can see, there are endless possibilities when it comes to this sweet and salty Arizona trail mix recipe.
How To Reheat & Store Vegan Trail Mix
What Is The Best Way To Store Trail Mix?
The best way to store trail mix is in an airtight container or jar with a lid. Storing your vegan trail mix in a sealed container will help to keep the nuts and seeds from going bad.
How Long Will Vegan Trail Mix Last In The Fridge?
While it isn't necessary to store trail mix in the refrigerator, it will help keep it fresh for a more extended time. If stored properly, it will last in the fridge for up to 2 ½ weeks or 2 weeks at room temperature.
Can I Freeze This Arizona Vegan Trail Mix?
Yes! You can freeze trail mix for up to 3 months. Be sure to use an an airtight container or freezer bag. When you are ready to enjoy, thaw overnight in the fridge.
Arizona Trail Mix FAQs
Is this trail mix sweet or savory?
This trail mix recipe is a combination of both sweet and savory flavors. The raisins add a touch of sweetness, while the sea salt helps to balance out the sweetness with a bit of salty flavor.
Is this trail mix healthy?
This vegan trail mix is sweet and salty, it's packed with healthy ingredients like nuts, seeds, dried fruit, yet no added sugar. While it is a healthier option than some snacks, it is still important to enjoy it in moderation.
Do I have to use coconut oil in this trail mix?
No, you do not need to use oil in this recipe. The coconut oil is simply used to help the sea salt stick to the nuts and seeds.
Can I use any type of nut in this recipe?
Yes! You can use any type of nut in this recipe.
Do I have to use raisins?
No, you can use any type of dried fruit you like. Dried cranberries, cherries, and apricots all go great in trail mixes.
Should this sweet and salty trail mix be stored in the refrigerator?
While it isn't necessary to store trail mix in the refrigerator, it will help keep it fresh for a more extended period of time.
Vegan Trail Mix
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup pepitas
- 1 cup peanuts
- ¾ cup almonds
- ¾ cup cashews
- ¾ cup Spanish peanuts
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- These measurements do not have to be exact. If you would like more of one seed or nut than another then it will still work perfectly.
- You can use raw nuts or roasted or a mix of both.
- In a large bowl add all of the ingredients.
- Mix well and store
So healthy and nutritious. Thanks for sharing your sweet and salty Arizona trial mix recipe
This looks so delicious and nutritious! Perfect for healthy snacking!
What a great snack to take to work. Perfect for after school too. Almonds and cashews are my favorite.
Not sure why I've never reviewed this till now, made this many times different nuts, always a winner! Thank you for a great recipe!
What could I substitute for the coconut oil? Thanks!
The article discusses not having to use coconut oil and the role it plays.