This superfood trail mix is packed with cashews, almonds and superfood berries like goji berries and mulberries. It comes together in 5 minutes and is the perfect healthy snack.
Giving this superfood trail mix a much-needed makeover today! It’s an oldie, but such a goodie and is the perfect treat or snack to whip up for Valentine’s Day. The chocolate paired with the dried cranberries and goji berries is so festive!
I first posted this recipe back in 2014 (whoa!), which was originally inspired by this International Harvest trail mix. This trail mix packs a heart-healthy punch with two of my favorite superfoods: goji berries and mulberries; the best snacking nuts: cashews and almonds; dried cranberries and of course, chocolate. Trail mix is always better when there’s chocolate involved, am I right?!
The mix should make about six servings if you want to share, but if you’re anything like me you’ll be able to polish it all off yourself pretty easily!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Cheaper and healthier than store-bought trail mix.
Jam-packed with different superfoods that are loaded with health benefits!
The perfect protein snack to keep you full and satisfied throughout the day.
Super easy to make, and convenient to take with you anywhere you go!
Is Trail Mix Healthy?
I personally think that trail mix is a healthy snack option, but it’s important to remember that it’s a calorie-dense food so a small amount packs a good amount of nutrients. One serving of trail mix is usually only 1/4 cup. If you’re mindlessly snacking it’s very easy to quickly overdo it on trail mix… been there done that! That said, making homemade trail mix is usually healthier than store-bought because you can easily control how much oil, salt and sugar is added.
Dried fruit tends to get a bad rap in the health world because it has a concentrated amount of sugar and occasionally some dried fruits contain added oil and sugar. This is something to watch out for when buying dried fruit. Read your labels and try to find brands that don’t add oil or sugar!
Another thing to keep in mind is the salt and sugar content of your trail mix. If you’re using roasted and salted nuts, the mixture can pack a hefty dose of sodium.
To make this trail mix the healthiest it can be, opt for dried cranberries that are fruit juice sweetened like these Made in Nature dried cranberries, raw nuts and heart-healthy dark chocolate.
goji berries – also called the wolfberry. It’s bright orange-red in color and rich in protein and vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. They also provide high levels of many antioxidants. My go-to brand is the Navitas organic goji berries.
mulberries – if you’re new to mulberries they’re a dried fruit similar to raisins and figs, in terms of sweetness and texture and they’re an excellent source of resveratrol, the same anti-aging nutrient found in red wine, as well as iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber and protein. One ounce has 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein! They’re definitely one of my favorite dried fruits! I like the Navitas organics mulberries.
dried cranberries or dried tart cherries – either one or both will work well for this superfood trail mix. As I mentioned above, I recommend grabbing dried fruit that is fruit juice sweetened like these Made in Nature dried cranberries.
cashews – a great source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. I prefer to use unsalted, raw cashews, but roasted cashews are a good option as well.
sliced almonds – another great source of protein. You could use whole almonds, but sliced and roasted almonds are my favorite.
It can’t get any easier than this! Just mix all your ingredients together in a large bowl and serve. Store in an air-tight container for up to 7-10 days.
Customize Your Trail Mix
One of my favorite things about trail mix is how customizable it is, so feel free to change up any of the items listed below.
Nuts: I love the combination of nuts I used but you can absolutely switch up which nuts you use. Keep the ratios the same so you’re adding the same amount of volume! I bet pecans, peanuts or walnuts would be delicious. You can also swap some or all of the nuts with seeds like pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.
Dried fruit: Same as the nuts, use any dried fruit you’d like, just make sure you keep the ratios the same. Dried apricots, figs, blueberries, golden berries or raisins.
Chocolate: Chocolate makes everything better, but feel free to skip the chocolate or swap it with something else like cacao nibs or coconut flakes.
Spices: Want to add a hint of spice to your trail mix? Go for it! Cinnamon, ginger or even cayenne would pair nicely with the rest of the ingredients in this recipe.
How to Store
I recommend storing trail mix in glass jars with a lid (wide mouth mason jars work great) or reusable storage bags like Stasher bags. It will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week, up to a month in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. Ours never makes it past a week… it’s too tasty!