Observed annually on August 31st, National Trail Mix Day honors the mix developed as a healthy snack for long hikes. Trail mix is a versatile and delicious snack that has been enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and snack lovers for generations. Packed with a mix of nuts, dried fruits, and other delectable goodies, trail mix provides an energy boost and satisfies hunger on the go. This blog will explore some creative and mouthwatering trail mix recipes you can make at home. Whether you’re hitting the trails at one of our nature areas, embarking on a road trip, or simply need a tasty pick-me-up during the day, these trail mix recipes have got you covered!

1. Classic Nutty Delight:

The classic trail mix recipe is a time-tested favorite that never disappoints. To make this nutty delight, combine equal parts of almonds, cashews, and peanuts. Add some sweetness and chewiness with dried cranberries and raisins. For an extra crunch, throw in some pretzel sticks. Mix it all up in a large bowl, and your classic nutty delight is ready to accompany you on your adventures.

2. Tropical Escape:

This delightful recipe brings a taste of the tropics to your trail mix. Start with a base of macadamia nuts, coconut flakes, and dried pineapple chunks. For added sweetness, include some white chocolate chips. With every bite, this combination will transport you to a sunny paradise, making your summer outdoor excursions even more enjoyable.

3. Sweet and Salty Sensation:

Satisfy both your sweet and salty cravings with this trail mix recipe. Combine roasted salted almonds, pretzel twists, and mini chocolate-covered pretzels for the salty aspect. To add a touch of sweetness, mix in dried blueberries and dark chocolate chunks.

4. Protein-Packed Powerhouse:

This powerhouse mix is perfect if you’re looking for a trail mix recipe that provides a hearty protein boost. Mix roasted chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, and edamame for the protein base. Toss in some dried apricots and goji berries for a hint of sweetness. The combination of protein and vitamins will keep you energized and ready to conquer any trail.

5. Caramel Apple Crunch:

This trail mix recipe takes inspiration from a classic fall treat. Start with a mix of dried apple slices and cinnamon-coated almonds. Add caramel popcorn and yogurt-covered raisins for an irresistible caramel apple flavor.

6. Spicy Fiesta Mix:

This spicy trail mix is a must-try for those who love a little heat. Combine roasted peanuts, cashews, and pumpkin seeds. Spice it up with chili-lime seasoning and some dried mango for fruity sweetness.

With these diverse and flavorful trail mix recipes, you’ll never run out of snack ideas for your outdoor escapades or daily munching needs. The best part is that you can customize each recipe to suit your taste and dietary preferences. Whether you’re seeking a classic blend, tropical twist, sweet and salty delight, protein powerhouse, caramel apple crunch, or spicy fiesta mix, these recipes will undoubtedly elevate your snacking experience. So, grab your ingredients, mix up your favorite recipe, and hit the trails at one of our 6 nature areas in Fayette County, Georgia! For more information on our nature areas, visit www.sctlandtrust.org/public-nature-areas

Written by: Ashley Reeves


The Southern Conservation Trust, based in Fayetteville, Georgia, is dedicated to elevating nature through exceptional stewardship throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Founded in 1993, the organization has had a leap of growth in the last five years, resulting in the conservation of over 65,000 acres in 13 states, the opening of the Fayette Environmental Education Center, and six public nature preserves.  




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