DIY Trail Mix // Hazelnut Chocolate & Tropical Crunch

DIY Trail Mix // Hazelnut Chocolate and Tropical Crunch via Nutritionist in the Kitch

Summer is in full swing and the hubby and I have been thoroughly enjoying the warm weather and sunshine! We recently made a trip to the mountains and got our feet on the trails!

I love hiking and I got myself a pair of shiny new hiking boots that needed to be broken in! When we were packing for our trip to the mountains I knew we’d be on the trails so I decided to throw together my own trail mix! I perused the pantry and in a Ziploc tossed a variety of nuts, dried fruits, Nature’s Path cereal, and some dark chocolate… yuuuuhhhhmmmm!

DIY Trail Mix // Hazelnut Chocolate and Tropical Crunch via Nutritionist in the Kitch

The trail mix was perfect for a boost of energy as we climbed higher and higher to the amazing view of the mountains and Jasper town.

This got me thinking when we returned home. There are so many varieties for trail mix, with a DIY Trail Mix, one could make millions (maybe??) of combinations!

DIY Trail Mix // Hazelnut Chocolate and Tropical Crunch via Nutritionist in the Kitch

The wheels continued to turn…I spied the ingredients in my pantry and came up with two delicious, energy boosting, kick-that-trails-butt, trail mix recipes!

The first trail mix… chocolate.

Of course. I mean come on, it’s me, and if you know NITK well, you KNOW I love my dark chocolate!

DIY Trail Mix // Hazelnut Chocolate and Tropical Crunch via Nutritionist in the Kitch

I grabbed a my Ziploc and tossed in raw hazelnuts, chopped figs and dates, chia seeds, chunks of dark chocolate, puffed rice cereal, and a dusting of raw cocoa powder to lightly coat everything.

I realized in the aftermath that this does make for slightly cocoa-powdered-hands but if you go really light on the cocoa I think it is just fine, nothing a little lick of the fingers or wipe on the hiking pants won’t fix! 

DIY Trail Mix // Hazelnut Chocolate and Tropical Crunch via Nutritionist in the Kitch

The next DIY Trail Mix was inspired by the shredded coconut I pulled out of the pantry! I popped over to the grocery store for some dried mango and pineapple, and combined these with raw cashews, roasted macadamia nuts, and the same Nature’s Path cereal for that added crunch!

DIY Trail Mix // Hazelnut Chocolate and Tropical Crunch via Nutritionist in the Kitch

Each of these trail mixes have their own distinct flavours and textures and both pack an awesome energy punch for the hiking trails. Complex and simple carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein all in one delicious mix to put pep in your step!

There’s nothing better than sunlight pouring over majestic mountains bathing the valley belowwhat a view! 

DIY Trail Mix // Hazelnut Chocolate and Tropical Crunch via Nutritionist in the Kitch DIY Trail Mix // Hazelnut Chocolate and Tropical Crunch via Nutritionist in the Kitch Do you make your own trail mix? What’s your favourite combination? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Hazelnut Chocolate Trail Mix & Tropical Crunch Trail Mix
 
Ingredients
  • Hazelnut Chocolate:
  • Raw Hazelnuts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Chopped Dates
  • Chopped Figs
  • Chopped Dark Chocolate (70% or higher)
  • Puffed Rice Cereal or other naturally sweetened cereal of choice
  • dusting of raw cocoa powder (optional - if you want to avoid messy hands you can omit this!)
  • Tropical Crunch:
  • Raw Cashews
  • Unsweetened or Toasted Shredded Coconut
  • Dried Mango, chopped
  • Dried Pineapple, chopped
  • Roasted Macadamia Nuts
  • Puffed Rice Cereal or other naturally sweetened cereal of choice
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to a ziploc and give a good shake! You can add however much of each ingredient you prefer!

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Have a wonderful Thursday!

Christal

Nutritionist in the Kitch

Author: Christal

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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