Trail Mixes – Your Recipes

Trail Mix


UPDATE: The winner is…”Amy’s Fuel,” from Amy S. 


1 bag Ocean Spray Craisins®

1 bag chopped dates

1 can cashews

1 can dry-roasted peanuts

1 bag chocolate chips (dark is really good!)

1 bag peanut butter chips

1 bag sunflower seeds


It’s no secret that we love trail mix at L.L.Bean – we even named this blog after it! Now, in its honor, we’re on the hunt for the best trail mix recipes around. We recently asked you to share your favorites, great mixes that keep you full of fuel when you’re out on the, well, trail. Here are four recipes that most tempted our palettes:


“Merry Mulch” Trail Mix, from Melissa S.


1 or 2 bags of almonds (I give no specific measurement here, because I am generous with these – I also like them whole)

1 c. honey-roasted sunflower seeds  (1 c. sunflower seeds, 1 1/2 tbsp. honey, 3/4 tbsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt. Heat honey on stove, then remove from heat. Stir in oil, salt and seeds, then lay out flat on baking sheet; bake at 350° for 15-20 min., and mix every 5 min. to bake evenly. Cool completely then break apart.)

1/2 c. soy nuts

1/2 c. hazelnuts

3/4 c. toasted/roasted mustard seeds

1 c. orange-infused cranberries (such as Trader Joe’s®)

1/2-1 c. apple chips

1/2 c. dried pineapple

1 bag orange-infused prunes (such as Sunsweet® Orange Essence Prunes)

1/2 c. dried apricots

1/2 c. chopped organic chocolate bar


Mix together in a bowl and funnel into a bag, or place ingredients in bag and shake.


Here’s a bit of a different take:


My “Unofficial” Survival Mix, from Tom M.


1/2 c. dehydrated bananas

1/2 c. M&Ms®

1/2 c. dehydrated oranges & mangos

1/4 c. walnuts

1/4 c. pumpkin seed meats

1/4 c. sunflower meats

1/8 c. raisins

1/2 c. dehydrated blueberries/blackberries/raspberries

4 c. shredded beef jerky

2 c. dry Gatorade® mix


Tom adds, “Mix thoroughly in a bowl and empty contents into appropriate sized Ziploc® bags. When needed, empty (eat) packet in mouth and add water. You have everything needed for survival! This has sufficed for many weeks in all climates and conditions providing an equal balance of an assortment of fats, proteins, simple and complex carbs, as well as vitamins, minerals and electrolytes.”


Those were two good ones. And doesn’t the one in this photo look delicious, too?



Trail Mix in Bowl

Photo: Mary Thompson, Flickr



Here’s another, featuring a breakfast favorite – granola:


“Granola Gorp,” from Benjamin B.


3 c. Nature Valley granola (any flavor)

1 c. salted peanuts (I often use roasted peanuts)

1/2 c. cut-up dates

1/2 c. cut-up dried apricots

1/2 c. raisins

1/4 c. butter, melted

16 oz. package semisweet chocolate chips or butterscotch chips


And our fourth recipe will certainly delight dark chocolate lovers:


“Amy’s Fuel,” from Amy S.


1 bag Ocean Spray Craisins®

1 bag chopped dates

1 can cashews

1 can dry-roasted peanuts

1 bag chocolate chips (dark is really good!)

1 bag peanut butter chips

1 bag sunflower seeds


Which one is your favorite? Leave your answer in the comments section. The most popular recipe might become the official recipe for our blog.





Comments (15)

  1. Lynn Jenkinson | October 18, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    “Merry Mulch”!! Not all of us like raisins. Bleah. Also “Amy’s Fuel” sounds really good! I know, I know…I could take the raisins out, but it’s much easier to *add* raisins, instead of trying to pick them out one-by-one. Thanks!!

  2. Patti C. | October 18, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    Amy’s Fuel! I’m going to get all the ingredients this weekend. Thanks!

  3. Janet R | October 18, 2012 | 6:02 pm

    I’m definitely leaning toward Amy’s Fuel. I love to make trail mixes (and granola too)!

  4. Graham | October 18, 2012 | 6:40 pm

    I think I would cast my vote for the “Unofficial” Survival Mix. I’m not entirely sure how beef jerky and dry gatorade mix would pair together, but that is one nutritionally balanced blend! The pumpkin seed and beef jerky won me over, I suppose. I would, however, like to cast a close second place vote for “Merry Mulch,” as this would probably be the tastiest, most interesting mix. I’m definitely going to try that one!

  5. Christine Lagonegro | October 18, 2012 | 7:38 pm

    Amy’s fuel gets my vote! Thank you! Can’t wait to try it :D

  6. Erica Baker | October 18, 2012 | 7:43 pm

    I vote for Amy’s Fuel!

  7. Kathy | October 18, 2012 | 8:14 pm

    Merry Mulch all the way!

  8. Joyce | October 18, 2012 | 8:15 pm

    Merry Mulch sounds good to me!

  9. Nancy | October 18, 2012 | 9:23 pm

    Definitely Amy’s Fuel—with dark chocolate chips!!

  10. Jane Abernathy Hahn | October 18, 2012 | 10:18 pm

    I like some of the ingredients in all of these. My ready made favorite is Target’s Monster Mix- delicious! But I’d have to chose Amy’s- I like the use of dates instead of raisins.

  11. Polly | October 19, 2012 | 8:16 am

    I vote for Amy’s Fuel.

  12. Benjamin B | October 24, 2012 | 5:14 pm

    Congratulations to Amy’s Fuel! From the Granola Gorp entrant! :)

  13. Michael | October 24, 2012 | 8:12 pm

    What size cans? What size bags? Oceanspray Craisins come in at least three different sizes. Nuts, chocolate and the like all come in a variety of sizes of bags and cans, from 2 oz. to 5 lbs.

    • Sara | L.L.Bean | October 25, 2012 | 12:55 pm

      Hi Michael, we’d recommend customizing the recipe to your own tastes. We like Craisins®, so we used a 5oz. bag – but some may choose to add even more. Think about your favorite flavors, and go from there!

  14. miney | October 25, 2012 | 9:14 pm

    The winner should learn how use grammar. ‘Dark are good’..plural dork

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