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Homemade Nut Free Trail Mix (Perfect For Kids!)

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Are you on the hunt for a great snack idea that’s perfect for road trips, school snacks, or long hikes? Then I’ve got the recipe for you–Homemade Trail Mix WITHOUT NUTS! This trail mix is the ultimate combination of everything you love in a satisfying snack: crunchy and salty, with a touch of sweetness. The best part about this recipe is that it is entirely nut-free, and you have full control over the ingredients that go into the mix!

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Finding a nut-free trail mix, without a ton of added sugar can be challenging, especially for those with nut allergies or who have kids attending nut-free schools (like me).

Many store-bought snack mixes are packed with candy and cookies, making them more like a dessert than a healthy snack. The solution? Make your own! It’s quick, easy, and you won’t feel the need to purchase the store-bought snacks again!

Homemade trail mix recipes are such a fun and easy way to pack in a bunch of tasty and healthy ingredients together while being able to customize the ingredients based on taste preferences, food allergies, and what you have going on in your life at the moment! They’re also super portable and do not require any refrigeration! It makes the perfect on the go snack!

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Why We Love This Nut Free Trail Mix

This trail mix is an extremely kid-friendly and portable snack! It’s full of filling and healthy ingredients (plus a little sweet treat), that can pack up easily in one big container or in individual serving sizes. The best part about this mix is that it does not need to be refrigerated. It makes the perfect snack for bringing to school, t-ball practice, or on a family outing. 

If you want another portable and healthy snack, try. my DIY Uncrustables!

The Best Homemade Trail Mix Without Nuts

The full ingredient amounts and instructions are listed on the recipe card below the post.

Ingredients You’ll Need

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Crunchy chickpeas– These are absolutely amazing! They are chickpeas that have been dried into a crispy crunchy snack! You can usually find them in the snack aisle or with nuts and popcorn at the local grocery store. They serve as an excellent alternative to nuts due to their ideal size and satisfying crunch. Chickpeas also provide a good source of protein and fiber. I get the sea salt variety, but feel free to play around with any flavor that looks good to you!

Pumpkin seeds– I use roasted and salted, shelled pumpkin seeds–also known as “pepitas”. They are a great way to add healthy fats, crunch, and salt to the mix. If you can’t find pumpkin seeds, feel free to swap in dry roasted and salted sunflower seeds, without shells.

Mini Pretzels– for extra salt, crunch, and to add a varying texture and size. Pretzels make everything more fun to eat!

Raisins– For a nice chewy texture, added sweetness, and extra vitamins. Also, I love it when the raisins get covered in the salt from the pumpkin seeds and chickpeas. So tasty!

M&M candies (see note)- In my opinion, you can’t have a trail mix without M&Ms! They are another touch of sweetness to balance out all the salty ingredients, and they’re super fun to look for in each handful of trail mix. M&M’s are a super fun addition for the kids.

Note: If you are highly allergic to tree nuts and peanuts, make sure to read the labels on your ingredients. Plain M&Ms for instance do not contain nuts, but may be exposed to peanuts or tree nuts in processing. Here is a resource for Peanut Free Facility M&Ms you can use, or swap for allergen free chocolate chips!

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a medium (2 quart or larger) mixing bowl and mix until everything is distributed evenly.  

Grab a handful of the trail mix and look to see if you have enough of each ingredient to your liking. Feel free to add more seeds, chickpeas, M&Ms, raisins, or pretzels if desired. 

Transfer the mix to an airtight storage container.

If you’re planning on traveling and need an easy snack, the trail mix can be divided into individual portions.

A jar with nut free trail mix

Substitutions and Variations

A hearty and healthy trail mix is always a great idea when you need a snack that’s easy and filling. And kids LOVE trail mix.

The best thing about making your own snack mix is the ability to customize it with your favorite ingredients. Below are just a few suggestions, but have fun playing around with different ingredients! Add whatever you want to make a delicious snack that’s just as much fun to make as it is to eat!

  • If you can’t find crunchy chickpeas, feel free to swap them out with Chex cereal or cheddar bunnies
  • To make this trail mix without raisins, you can use banana chips, dried cranberries, apple chips, or any of your favorite dried fruits instead
  • Add mini marshmallows for an extra sweet treat
  • Swap out the M&Ms for chocolate chips or yogurt covered raisins
  • Shredded coconut flakes would be a great addition to your mix
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Storage Instructions

Store your trail mix in an airtight container (like a mason jar) at room temperature for up to a week. 

You can also divide the trail mix into individual storage containers for travel. A typical serving is about 1/4 cup.

This mix does not need to be refrigerated, so it’s perfect for a road trip, a long hike with the family, or bringing to the kids’ sports activities.

FAQs

Is this trail mix safe for school?

Yes! This trail mix is completely free from peanuts and tree nuts, making it safe for classmates with tree nut allergies or anyone suffering from a peanut allergy.

​Is this trail mix kid friendly?

Yes! This is a super crunchy and satisfying snack. Kids also love the sweet and salty flavor combo and finding the little M&Ms hidden throughout the mix!

Can I make this trail mix gluten free?

Yes! Use gluten free mini pretzels in your mix, and just make sure to read the labels on your other ingredients to ensure they’re certified gluten free. The chickpeas, raisins, seeds, and candies are not made with gluten typically, but reading the labels on the package will ensure they weren’t processed in the same space as other ingredients that do contain gluten.

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Homemade Trail Mix Without Nuts

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The best homemade trail mix recipe without nuts! A deliciously crunchy, sweet, and salty snack mix that is perfect for on the go travel and completely nut free. The kids will love it!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crunchy chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup of pepitas (pumpkin seeds), shelled, roasted and salted
  • 1 cup mini pretzel twists
  • 3/4 cup seedless raisins
  • 3/4 cup M&M candies

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl (2 quarts or larger) and gently stir until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Store trail mix in an airtight container or portion into individual servings. Keep at room temperature.

Notes

  • sunflower seeds can be used instead of the pumpkin seeds
  • If you are highly allergic to tree nuts and peanuts, make sure to read the labels on your ingredients. Plain M&Ms for instance do not contain nuts, but may be exposed to peanuts or tree nuts in processing. Here is a resource for Peanut Free Facility M&Ms you can use, or swap for allergen free chocolate chips!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

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