The Create-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar

DSCN3174 The grocery store by my house just put in a trail mix bar. Great idea. It has everything from nuts and seeds to raisins and dried cranberries, M&Ms and mini chocolate chips to 8 different kinds of granola. It even has a bin for raw unsweetened coconut. Mmmm. For my first customized batch I pretty much added a little of all of the above. It looks like a mess but tastes fantastic.

It occurred to me that I can make my own trail mix bar much the same as when I turned my refrigerator into a salad bar awhile back. I can buy stuff separately and put it in storage containers and then throw together whatever I want. The upfront cost will be greater but in the long run I can certainly do better than six bucks for a 1/4 lb or whatever it is. I will probably start with a couple items like this:

Roasted Almonds
Raw Unsweetened Coconut
Raisins – I am going to try to make these in my dehydrator.
Apples – And other fruit dried in my dehydrator.
Extra dark chocolate
Jelly Bellies, Gummy Bears, Skittles, Runts… heh heh.

But seriously, feel free to suggest any other ideas you might have.


  1. Amy Said,

    July 27, 2010 @ 9:35 am

    I did this too, but I measured the ingredients out into ziploc bags and thought of them as home-made paleo meal packs. They’re good for travel, although the coconut gets a bit messy on an airplane! Here’s what I included:

    Steve’s bison jerky, chopped into bite-size pieces
    Dried cherries
    shelled pistachios (can get at Costco)
    walnuts (omega 3’s!)
    raw almonds
    unsweetened shredded coconut

    Steve’s premade packs are great too. He puts cacao nibs in there – super tasty, gets your chocolate fix, and doesn’t melt. Plus some exotic dried berries. I experimented with making my own because I wanted to adjust the macronutrient ratio to lower carb, higher fat.

  2. Karen Said,

    July 27, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    Ooo. I definitely have to hit up Steve for some of that bison jerky. He gave us each a paleo pack at the games and they were sooooo yummy. The dried bananas in them were good too. Adding to the list….

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