One of my favorite portable, nutrient-rich, plant-based snacks is a custom trail mix. I love blending my favorite combinations of seeds, nuts, dried fruits, and extra additions into one giant healthy trail mix recipe. This Dark Chocolate Cherry Nut Mix is just the thing; it’s plant-based, gluten-free, and packed with powerful nutrition. This vegan dark chocolate trail mix is the ideal energy treat for snacks, traveling, gym bags, and hiking trips.
Yes, it can be! As long as you are selective with your ingredients, trail mix can add important nutrients to your day. Thanks to the combination of walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, dried blueberries and cherries, and dark chocolate pieces in this best trail mix recipe, it is packed with heart healthy fats, omega-3s, fiber, protein, minerals, vitamins, and powerful phytochemicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action. Making your own trail mix also allows you to be choosy about your ingredients by selecting organic, local ingredients that may be available in your own garden or community.
Make up a big batch and enjoy it all week long. Portion it up into individual containers for your daily needs. This nut mix is also a great gift—you can package up this Dark Chocolate and Cherry Nut Mix in a mason jar with a ribbon. Check out my video on how to mix up this homemade nut mix. With only 6 ingredients, you can whip up this trail mix in under 10 minutes.
You can also trade out some of the ingredients in this trail mix recipe for other nuts and seeds, such as almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, cashews, peanuts and hazelnuts. Or dried fruits, such as cranberries, apples, pears, peaches, strawberries, and mango. Dark chocolate in this mix adds natural sweetness, plus a healthy indulgence that only chocolate can bring. You can even sprinkle in a bit of spice, such as cinnamon, turmeric, or cardamom for an extra twist.
This healthy vegan Dark Chocolate and Cherry Nut Mix is the best trail mix recipe to power your day with good nutrition.
Variations: Substitute peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and/or macadamia nuts for the pecans; sunflower seeds for the pumpkin seeds; and/or raisins for the blueberries.
Recipe adapted from Plant-Powered for Life, by Sharon Palmer
Keywords: best trail mix, nut mix, vegan dark chocolate
For other healthy treats recipes, check out the following:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Bars
Vegan Pine Nut Oat Cookies
Rosemary Roasted Pistachios
Strawberry Blondies with Coconut
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