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Blueberry Maple Walnut Trail Mix

This homemade vegan trail mix recipe is full of healthy ingredients. With oats, nuts, seeds and freeze-dried blueberries, it makes great fuel for a weekend hike, bike or jog.

Have you ever wanted to make your own gourmet trail mix at home? It’s incredibly easy and more affordable than buying store bought trail mix.

Not to mention that it’s much healthier. There are no hidden M&M’s in this trail mix! But there is a secret ingredient in here that adds crunch and sweetness–freeze dried blueberries. Whip up a batch of this flavorful trail mix in 20-minutes and enjoy it before a run or a hike.

vegan blueberry trail mix in a white bowl with green yogurt and freeze dried blueberries

Is trail mix healthy?

Trail mix is surely delicious, but it’s not always the healthiest snack. After all, most store bought trail mixes are full of added sugar. They usually combine nuts, seeds, dried fruit and sometimes chocolate or other candies.

This trail mix is different because it also contains oats and omits the candy and dried fruit. Although there is nothing wrong with dried fruit, I wanted to change things up a bit and use a freeze dried blueberry in this recpie.

The process of freeze drying and regular drying is a bit different. Freeze drying is a low temperature dehydration process that involves freezing the food, lowering the pressure and then removing the ice. The end result is a crispy piece of fruit with no added sugar.

greek yogurt in a bowl with homemade bluberry trail mix

Drying, on the other hand, is also known as dehydrating the fruit. Dried fruit is made by putting the fruit under low heat for a long period of time, which sucks out all the moisture. The end result is a chewy piece of fruit.

In terms of nutrition, freeze dried fruit isn’t any better or worse than dried fruit. It’s just a different texture.

How to make healthy vegan trail mix with blueberries

I whip up a batch of this trail mix the night before a hike because it’s so simple to make. Here are the simple steps to make a homemade gourmet trail mix in 20-minutes or less.

  1. Gather all the ingredients, two large bowls, a baking sheet and parchment paper. And preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
ingredients for blueberry maple trail mix

2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients– oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon and a dash of salt. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients– oil and maple syrup– and whisk together. Pour the maple syrup mixture on the oats and stir to combine. Then lay out on a parchment lined baking sheet.

step 2 and 3 of homemade trail mix recipe

3. Bake the oat and nut mixture for 15 minutes, then let it cool. Add the freeze dried blueberries to the mix and enjoy!

freeze dried blueberry & maple walnut trail mix

Blueberry Maple Walnut Trail Mix

Vegan Blueberry Maple Walnut Trail Mix is healthy and easy to make!

Servings 4 servings
Calories 352 kcal
Author Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons seeds flax, chia or hemp
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (any neutral oil will work)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup freeze-dried blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Combine the oats, walnuts, seeds, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir until combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, add the maple syrup and oil and whisk until well combined. Add the maple syrup mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to coat well.

  4. Lay out the oat mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

  5. When the oats come out of the oven, let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Add the freeze-dried blueberries to the oats and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Maple Walnut Trail Mix
Amount Per Serving (0.75 cup)
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 314mg9%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 48IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4 Comments

  1. hungryhobby

    Ha ha I always see trailmix at the store with straight up candy in it and I think yum I should buy that, then I realize candy would be more satisfying! I’d feel so much better about teating this healthy energizing version!

    Reply
  2. Lynn

    I find the directions somewhat confusing. Step 2 says to toast the walnuts during the last 10 minutes of baking the blueberries. But then step 3 says to put the oat/walnut mixture in the oven on the same pan as the baking blueberries 1 hour after the blueberries started baking. This is contradictory; how can you roast the walnuts 10 minutes before the blue berries are done; i.e after the blueberries have cooked for 1 hour and 50 minutes but step 3 says they go with the oat mixture and in the oven after the blueberries have cooked 1 hour. So I am obviousdly missing something!

    Reply
    • Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

      Hi Lynn! You’re absolutely right. I had made a typo, and I corrected it. The directions should make more sense now. Sorry about that!

      Reply

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I’m Natalie Rizzo, an NYC-based Registered Dietitian.

My mission is to help everyday athletes fuel their fitness with plants.

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