Hip hip hooray – Aug. 31 is National Trail Mix Day. While its origins are unknown, this annual “food holiday” celebrates trail mix – a healthy snack usually comprised of dried fruits, nuts, seeds, granola, coconut and a bit of sweet chocolate. Legend has it that some surfer dudes invented trail mix back in the ’60s.
Like the name suggests, trail mix is the perfect pick-me-up while hiking on a trail or a great lunchtime or afternoon snack. Trail Mix, also referred to as GORP (an acronym for Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) is available in a wide variety of prepackaged trail mixes found at your local grocery store, but you can also make your own, adding your preferred ingredients.
Trail Mix Recipe Ideas
- Trail Mix – Food Network’s Alton Brown, shares his super-simple Trail Mix recipe with you.
- PBS Kids Trail Mix – The kids will have a ball creating their own Trail Mix recipe.
- Popcorn Trail Mix – This easy-to-make recipe, from Whole Foods, calls for popped popcorn, roasted nuts, dried banana chips and cranberries.
- Ultimate Trail Mix Recipe – You’ll need dried cranberries, blueberries, pineapple and apples, peanuts, cashews, almonds, marshmallows, chocolate, peanut butter, white chocolate and butterscotch chips and puppy chow.
- Almond Lover’s Trail Mix – You’ll need cocoa-dusted and dry-roasted almonds, dried dates, raisins, prunes and apricots for this recipe from the Food Network.
- Pumpkin Seed Dried Cherry Trail Mix Recipe – You’ll need pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds, maple syrup and dried cherries or cranberries for this recipe.
- Lip Smackin’ Trail Mix – This recipe, from Ms. Paula Deen, calls for granola, pecans, walnuts, flaked coconut, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, cinnamon, sweetened condensed milk, banana chips, raisins, dried cherries and apricots.
- Huckleberry Trail Mix Recipe – This recipe calls for dry-roasted almonds, cashews, huckleberries or cranberries, M&Ms or chocolate chips and shredded coconut.
- Banana and Peanut Chew Recipe – You’ll need bananas, peanuts, brown sugar and a food processor and dehyrdator for this one.
- Trail Mix Cookies – For a twist on traditional trail mix, check out these cookies!
- Trail Mix Bars – This recipe, from Disney, calls for unsalted butter, honey or golden syrup, quick-cooking oats, light brown sugar, Cheerios, raisins, salted peanuts, chocolate chips and sunflower seeds.
- Rice Krispies Trail Mix Treats – Kids of all ages will love this treat that calls for mini-marshmallows, crunchy peanut butter, vanilla, Rice Krispies cereal, rolled oats, tart cherries and sunflower seeds.
Enjoy! August 31 is also Eat Outside Day and Princess Diana Memorial Day.