One of my favorite portable, nutrient-rich, plant-based snacks is a custom trail mix. I love blending my favorite combinations of seeds, nuts, dried fruits, and extra additions into one giant mix. This Dark Chocolate Cherry Energy Mix is just the thing; it’s vegan, gluten-free, and packed with powerful nutrition. This is the ideal energy mix for snacks, traveling, gym bags, and hiking trips. Thanks to the combination of walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, dried blueberries and cherries, and dark chocolate pieces, this trail mix is packed with heart healthy fats, omega-3s, fiber, protein, minerals, vitamins, and powerful phytochemicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action. Make up a big batch and enjoy it all week long. Portion it up into individual containers for your daily needs. It’s also a great gift—you can package it up in a mason jar with a ribbon. Check out my video on how to mix up this energy mix. With only 6 ingredients, you can whip up this mix in a couple of minutes. Making your own trail mix also allows you to be choosy about your ingredients by selecting organic, local ingredients that may be available in your own garden or community.
You can also trade out some of the ingredients for other nuts and seeds, such as almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, cashews, peanuts and hazelnuts. Or dried fruits, such as cranberries, apples, pears, peaches, strawberries, and mango. Dark chocolate in this mix adds natural sweetness, plus a healthy indulgence that only chocolate can bring. You can even sprinkle in a bit of spice, such as cinnamon, turmeric, or cardamom for an extra twist.