February 19, 2013

Homemade Fruit & Nut Snack Mix

Remember last week when I made you tomato soup that had just a few ingredients? And how I told you that most canned soup is full of junk your body doesn’t love? The same goes for a lot of granolas and snack mixes. I see so many with added sugar and weird ingredients that sound like they belong in a science lab. My body doesn’t want that. Your body doesn’t either.IMG_3176So I made us a snack mix that requires so little time and effort that I can’t even call this a recipe. All you have to do is go get some nuts, dried fruit, and seeds and mix them together. I suggest you go to Trader Joe’s or to the bins at Whole Foods where they are much cheaper in bulk. You can also find raw nuts there. (Side note: raw nuts > roasted nuts because none of their nutrients have been zapped.)

Once you have all your ingredients, mix them all up in a bowl and store in a sealed container or bag. You can eat this by the handful between meals, as a pick me up before the gym, or a late night snack. Eat this as is or on top of oats, yogurt, or cottage cheese. You can even put them in individual baggies or mini tupperware containers to eat on the go. Ration them in 1-1.5 oz portions.


Here’s my mix:

  • 4 oz. raw almonds
  • 4 oz. raw walnut pieces
  • 2 oz. raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 oz. dried cranberries
  • 2 oz. raisins
  • 2 oz. old fashioned oats

You can use whatever you’d like! Chocoholics should throw in some dark chocolate nibs. Sweet and salty lovers could throw in peanut butter morsels. The options are endless. I like my  mixes to have more nuts/seeds than fruit so I know I’m getting a good dose of protein and healthy fats and a reasonable amount of sugar.IMG_3176-3

What’s in your perfect snack mix? Let’s give each other ideas! I’ll blog my favorite reader submission next week. XO!

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  • itzyskitchen

    Love dried cranberries! The only problem with dried fruit is…lots of added sugars there a lot of the time. WFs does open some no sugar added versions. This is such a pretty and delicious mix!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    I love making my own snack mixes! Well, I pretty much have to because most packaged ones contain nuts that I’m allergic to. 😛 My favourite mix is a tropical one with dried pineapple, dried mango, flaked coconut, almonds, and some bran flakes. I always end up picking out all the dried pineapple first though haha.

    • ok i’m already in love with yours. i think you win. 🙂

  • Mmm this looks great! Though I may be tempted to eat it all in one sitting 🙂

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I haven’t made a snack mix in ages! My dietitian had be eating it a lot when I was in recovery (nutrient/calorie dense) so it was a go-to snack for me for years. My mix was always: (one cup each of): Vanilla shreddies, raw almonds, raw cashews, pretzel sticks, raisins and banana chips. I might have to make up a batch soon!

    • pretzel sticks — i totally wanted to add that for more salty. mmmm, great thinking.

  • This looks yummy!

  • I want to bury myself in that.

    • i may do that this afternoon. haha.

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt Blog

    I always prefer to make my own snack mixes (although Chex mix is pretty darn good). This looks yummy!

    • oh yes, chex mix is dangerously addicting. thanks!

  • Nichole

    Sorry, but I love to throw chocolate chips in mine:) Sweet and salty. Great recipe. Ooh, pistachios, a fave. Adding Tabasco or a dash of Cayenne is good to give your mix some bite.

  • I love making my own trail mix too but usually throw in some chocolate chips!

  • So I’m actually not a big fan of nuts on their own, but for some reason I really like trail mix! There is something about adding in those dried fruits that make them taste so much better. 🙂

  • I’m totally doing this! I had bookmarked a little snack mix “recipe” once and never made it but now I’m inspired, looks easy and delicious:) I will definitely add a shot of dark chocolate.

  • Erica Jordan

    this looks SO GOOD. I feel like it would be gone before its even done….like I’d be just snacking on it as i’m compiling it. And thats a problem!

    i am inspired to make this


  • Caroline Knight

    Thanks for the “recipe”! I need to make some snack mix to keep at work for days when I need a healthy snack or don’t have time for lunch!

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