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.

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

4 recipes for National Trail Mix Day
Whether you're hitting the trail or packing something nutritious in your kids' lunchbox, making your own trail mix will save money and let you customize the ing