Recipe: Freeze-Dried Fruit, Nut, and Seed Trail Mix

by JJ Virgin on October 5, 2016

Trail mix seems like the perfect snack to keep you energized and moving on long hikes. The problem is that most trail mix include “sugar nuggets” – dried fruit, chocolate chips, even candy pieces – all of which will leave you crashing and hungry.

Meet trail mix done right, with freeze-dried fruit, nuts, and seeds! You’ll get plenty of vitamins, protein, and nutrients without all that added sugar. Whether you’re gearing up for a camping trip or just want something munchable with lunch, this recipe is a winner.

Want to make your trail mix extra irresistible, plus add a protein boost? Chop up two Paleo Brownie Bars into tiny chunks and add it to the recipe below. Now you've invited chewy chocolate goodness to the party, too!

This Freeze-Dried Fruit, Nut, and Seed Trail Mix recipe joins Campfire Grilled Peaches, Flank Steak and Vegetable Wraps with Chimichurri Sauce, and Lentil Bacon Soup to complete our Cozy Campout Fun Menu.

Freeze-Dried Fruit, Nut, and Seed Mix


October 5, 2016

Here’s a recipe for a tasty trail mix alternative that leaves out the sugar and potential allergens, while still giving you plenty of protein and energy! Freeze-dried fruit is easy to find in grocery or health food stores.

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1 and 3

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Yields: 8 servings


1 cup freeze-dried raspberries

1 cup freeze-dried strawberries

1 cup freeze-dried blueberries

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup slow-roasted cashews or almonds


1Combine the berries, seeds, and nut in a bowl.

2Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

3(To Slow-Roast Cashews or Almonds: Place 1 cup raw almonds or cashews and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt in a medium bowl, and add enough water to cover by 3 inches. Soak overnight at room temperature, then drain the nuts. Spread them on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 140F for 8 hours. Let cool completely before making trail mix.)

This recipe is part of the Cozy Campout Fun menu, with Lentil Bacon Soup, Flank Steak and Vegetable Wraps with Chimichurri Sauce, Campfire Grilled Peaches, and Freeze-Dried Fruit, Nut, and Seed Mix. Check out the Cozy Campout Fun Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and activities for a fantastic campout, even in your own backyard!

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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*If you're in Cycle 2 of the Sugar Impact Diet, hold off on this recipe because it contains fruit.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 ounce
Calories138 calories
Sodium40 milligrams
Protein4 grams
Sugar0 grams
Total Fat8 grams
Saturated Fat1 gram
Total Carbohydrates14 grams
Dietary Fiber3 grams

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