Trail mix – dried fruit, chocolate, nuts and seeds – is a favorite snack around our house! However, I do not usually bought the grocery store versions because we can’t have any tree nuts in our house. My youngest has a severe tree nut allergy, so it’s definitely a safer route to avoid the nut-laden grocery store versions. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy this tasty treat.
For us, it’s just safer to make our own trail mix to keep those nuts out. Instead of nuts, I include a double dose of seeds for a protein punch! National Trail Mix Day is coming up on August 31st, so it’s a great time to try out some new trail mix recipes!
Now that Back to School is happening here, it’s time for me to start thinking about packing lunches. My kids have never been school-lunch kids, probably because I typically brought my lunch when I was in school and also because they both have food allergies. Trail mix is a great little sweet treat to pack for dessert in lunch boxes!
This lunch box “dessert” is packed with nutrition and energy. The dried fruit is full of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. The banana chips are rich in potassium. Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are high in protein and iron.
Nut Free Trail Mix
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup dried pineapple
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup dried banana chips
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup dark chocolate mini chocolate chips
- ¼ cup yogurt covered raisins