Everyone likes trail mix — as long as it includes ingredients that are to their taste. Customizing your own trail mix recipe isn’t hard, but sometimes it’s good to have a jumping-off point. Here are five recipes, just in time for National Trail Mix Day, for your next hike, for your kids’ lunchbox, or for a high-energy snack to enjoy anytime.

  1. Energy Munch Recipe - Dried fruits for sweetness, nuts for protein, and sesame cracker sticks for some spice are the simple ingredients in this throw-together-and-eat trail mix recipe.
  2. Spicy Chickpea Trail Mix – Curry powder brings the spice, brown sugar and raisins add some sweetness and baked chickpeas add a powerhouse of protein in this nut-free trail mix.
  3. Pumpkin Seed Dried Cherry Trail Mix – Seeds, not nuts, are the base of this trail mix (although it does contain almonds). Pumpkin, sunflower seeds, almonds, dried cherries and maple syrup are the ingredients in this trail mix that I can’t wait to make.
  4. Trail Mix Muffins – Taking the standard nuts and dried fruits and turning into a moist, delicious muffin.
  5. Asian Trail Mix – This might be considered a little more gourmet than the gourmet one above. Several varieties of nuts that are spiced with an Asian flare. It takes two days to put together, but the recipe makes two pounds of trail mix that will last while.
Do you have a favorite trail mix recipe that you use?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.