Vegan Trail Mix Recipe

Vegan Trail Mix Recipe"Trail mix" is appropriately named, since the classic trail mix combination of nuts, dried fruits and chocolates is calorie-dense, packing a lot of energy into a small package. For the backpacker, ever mindful of how many supplies and how much gear can be squeezed into a finite carrying-capacity, trail mix is a top-notch food source. For backpackers who are also vegans, trail mix is easily converted, as most of the contents are already part of the vegan diet.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Two mixing bowls
  • Big spoon
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Dried fruits
  • Dried vegetables
  • Vegan chocolate chips
  • Sealable bag
 
Step 1
Set out two mixing bowls and a big spoon for stirring and decide how much vegan trail mix you want to make. This example will result in two lbs. (32 oz.) of vegan trail mix. Adjust your proportions up or down as necessary to meet your target amount of vegan trail mix.
Step 2
Make a one lb. (16 oz.) pile of calorie-dense mixed nuts in one of the two bowls. Add cashews, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin and squash seeds, sunflower seeds, pistachios and whatever else suits your particular taste in nuts and in the proportions desired. Stir thoroughly and then transfer half the nuts to the second empty bowl, which is now called the "trail mix bowl." This is 1/2 of the content of the mixture.
Step 3
Put 1/2 lb. (8 oz.) of dried fruits and vegetables into the trail mix bowl. Raisins, dried pineapple, coconut flakes, dried cherries, sun-dried tomatoes, apricots and prunes are all suitable additions. While not as dense a source of calories as some other ingredients, dried fruits and vegetables are the major source of vitamins in your trail mix. This is 1/4 of the content of the mixture.
Step 4
Pour 1/2 lb. (8 oz.) of vegan chocolate chips into the trail mix bowl. Stir up the dried fruits, nuts and chocolate that are already in the bowl. This is 1/4 of the content of the mixture.
Step 5
Put the remaining nuts from the first bowl into the trail mix bowl and stir the mixture together until it is evenly mixed up. Keeping back the second half of the nuts until the end helps ensure an even spread of the other ingredients.
Step 6
Pour the vegan trail mix into a sealable bag to ensure its preservation from insects and moisture on the hiking trail.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Although strictly speaking, vegans are concerned with what they eat and not where it comes from, many vegans are also strict about food sources. If you are making this vegan trail mix to be shared among many vegans, a wise idea is to choose only organic ingredients as much as possible.
 
For a household snacking vegan trail mix, reduce the amount of nuts and chocolate and increase the amount for dried fruits and vegetables.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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