I love how this grain-free granola trail mix turned out. I made this mix for my sister’s birthday camping trip. But, I also love it for a road trip snack. Or a keep in your desk drawer snack. Bedtime snack. You get the idea.
This is such an simple and fast recipe. It’s also easy to make your own by adding your favorite combination of nuts, adding spices, different types of chocolate, and your favorite dried fruits. You can also make it paleo-friendly by leaving out the chocolate, or adding a paleo-friendly chocolate.
My favorite nut combo for this trail mix/grain-free granola is almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, and pepitas. Once I have all of my nuts chopped into similar sizes (like the size of the pepitas and peanuts), I drizzle them with a bit of oil, a good amount of honey, and a sprinkle of smoked sea salt. If you don’t have smoked sea salt, don’t worry, you can use your favorite type of salt like kosher or Himalayan pink salt.
Roast the nuts in the oven on 300-325 degrees until they have darkened in color and the honey has caramelized, about 30 minutes. I toss the nuts about halfway through the cooking time. And keep an eye on them the last 10 minutes so that they don’t burn.
Once you’ve removed the nuts from the oven and they have cooled slightly, add your favorite dried fruit and chocolate pieces. I used Fruitons from Imperfect foods and some chocolate covered coffee beans that my sister’s fiance brought me from Colombia. Toss to combine your new additions! Store in an airtight container and place in your designated snack area.
Grain-Free Granola Trail Mix
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp smoked sea salt
- 1/4 cup mixed dried fruit
- 1/4 cup chocolate covered coffee beans
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. And line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Chop any of the larger nuts, like the walnuts, so that they are similar in size to the pepitas and peanuts.
- Toss the nuts with the oil, honey, and salt.
- Roast the nuts for about 30 minutes until they are darker in color and the honey has caramelized, making nut clusters. Toss the nuts about halfway through the cooking time, keeping a close watch on them during the last few minutes of cooking so that they don't burn.
- Once the nuts are done roasting, let them cool slightly. Then add the dried fruit and chocolate covered coffee beans.
- Store in an airtight container for optimum road trip snackage.