As I've gotten older, I've had to alter my diet. Not only because I work a desk job, but also because I've developed food allergies. You know what food allergy I have that worries my doctor the most?
That's been killing me because I used to love eating trail mix on hikes and having it as a snack at the office when I'd get the afternoon munchies. Only problem is peanuts are in every trail mix bag I've found!
I can always opt for that tropical mix that's filled with dry fruits, but all I really want is a trail mix with little chocolates and other nuts, like almonds. I'm baffled at the fact I can't have peanuts, but almonds, cashews, walnuts, and any other nut on this planet are fair game.
That's why I've put together this peanut-free trail mix for my fellow outdoor enthusiasts that are also allergic to peanuts, but can indulge in every other type of nut.
What You Need:
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
- 2/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 set clean hands or a spatula
- Something to store your trail mix
Take all your ingredients and dump them into the mixing bowl. With your clean hands (or a spatula, if you're a Germaphobe) mix all the ingredients together. It should only take about 15 seconds of mixing to blend it all together.
Now you have a few options to store your trail mix. You can put it in a gallon bag, divide it out into smaller portions or put it into a container with a lid. It's up to you and when you're going to be eating your trail mix.
Makes 10 Servings
Nutrition Facts per Serving:
- 296 calories
- 26 g carbs
- 8 g fiber
- 5 g protein
- 19 g total fat
- 3 g saturated fat
- 23 mg sodium
Make this peanut free trail mix and take with you on the trail, to the office, or to the beach. It's a tasty alternative to trail mixes that have peanuts in them and you can customize it to your liking. Note: You can substitute 1 cup of dried cherries and 1 cup of dried blueberries. It'll be a lot more expensive.
**Justin Fricke is a regular contributor to the Sierra Social Hub as part of #TeamSierra. Learn more from him on his blog: Justin the Weekend Warrior.