This easy recipe for Homemade Coconut Trail Mix is the best way to enjoy a healthy low carb, Whole30 compliant, paleo and vegan snack. DIY with simple ingredients and even add a touch of sweet with keto chocolate chips.
I don’t know about you, but I have to watch myself when I am snacking on nuts. They’re crunchy, salty and satisfying aka addicting. There was a time when I could easily polish off an economy size tub of trail mix from Costco in less than a week.
These days I approach my consumption of trail mix a bit more responsibly. I try to find brands that have simple ingredients that align with my real food-based low carb lifestyle.
I started making this coconut trail mix for my Whole30 clients back in Charleston, and it quickly became a fan favorite. The mix uses just a few compliant ingredients, has subtle coconut flavor and does not have any added sugar or fruit. The best part? You can customize the mix as you please, and if you do I’d love to hear what ingredients you used in the comments.
This can be made in large batches and is perfect to bring along for healthy travel or to have as fuel for intense physical activity. Also, can be eaten just because it’s delicious!
Why this Trail Mix is Great for Whole30 & Paleo Lifestyles
Most trail mix blends are out for your Whole30 and paleo lifestyle. Making it from scratch is the best because you have total control over the mix-ins. Whole30 compliant nuts are easy to find in your local grocery store or even places like Costco.
It is important that you read your labels and make sure everything is Whole30 compliant and free of chemicals, sugars and sweeteners.
Although snacks are frowned upon on Whole30 (especially sweet ones), you can use them to hold you over until your next meal. Instead of adding chocolate chips to this trail mix, for Whole30 compliance add in some chopped dates or compliant raisins for sweetness.
Is Trail Mix Okay for Keto Diets?
Yes, it can be! Nuts are a high-fiber food, but some tend to still be pretty high in carbohydrates. The best way to make sure your trail mix isn’t going to derail your low carb lifestyle is to make it homemade.
📝NOTE: Some nuts have more carbs than others, so make sure you are checking those nutrition facts. You can eat mixed nuts on keto, but again make sure you check the label.
🥥 Ingredients You’ll Need
Coconut Shreds – add subtle coconut flavor and a contrasting soft texture. Make sure you use unsweetened.
Coconut Oil – coats the mixture so everything toasts beautifully in the oven.
Cinnamon – adds just a hint of warming flavor.
Sea Salt – highlights the individual delicious flavor of each ingredient.
📖 How To Make Whole30 Trail Mix
1️⃣ Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2️⃣ In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until fully combined.
3️⃣ Spread mixture out in an even-layer onto a large baking sheet.
4️⃣ Bake trail mix for 10 minutes, toss and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the nuts and coconut are lightly toasted.
5️⃣ Leave the trail mix on the baking sheet until all moisture has dried out and the mix has cooled completely.
Customize Your Homemade Trail Mix
The ingredients in this mix are so simple yet so delicious -the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Try these yummy add-ins:
- Lily’s Chocolate Chips
- Whole30 Compliant Raisins
- Goji Berries
- Golden Berries
- Chopped Dates
- Dried Blueberries
- Dried Strawberries
-and if you really want to beef up this trail mix (quite literally) add sliced meat sticks or pieces of beef jerky. CHOMPS are great!
♻ How To Store Homemade Trail Mix
Trail mix should be stored in an airtight glass container in a cool, dark place to keep the nuts from spoiling. Homemade trail mix will last up to a month in these conditions.
Feel free to freeze servings of homemade trail mix in airtight seal-top bags.
More Easy Snack Recipes
About a palm full of trail mix is a serving.
Usually no, but if all of the ingredients are compliant, it’s fair game.
Coconut Trail Mix
- Preheat your oven to 350
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss together until fully combined.
- Place mix on a large baking sheet and spread out in one layer evenly.
- Bake trail mix for 10 minutes, toss and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
- Let cool and dry out completely before serving and storing