How to make your own trail mix that’s perfect for runners

Trail mix is a great snack for runners, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. It is packed with energy-boosting nutrients, such as protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. It is also incredibly easy to make your own, and there are benefits to doing so.

To start, you can choose the ingredients you want to include, like nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. This is great if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Experimenting with different flavours is also a great way to personalise your trail mix. And of course, making your own trail mix will save you money and get more for your buck.

Basic ingredients

  • 150g mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, or peanuts)
  • 75g dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, apricots, or cherries)
  • 30g seeds (pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds)
  • 30g chocolate chips, M&M’s, or other small sweet treats (optional).
  • 40g whole-grain cereal (optional, for added crunch)
  • 1g salt (optional, for a sweet-savoury balance)


  1. Weigh all of the ingredients using a kitchen scale.
  2. Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Transfer the trail mix to an airtight container or individual snack-sized bags.
  4. Store it in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.

This recipe is just a starting point. You can customise it to your own taste by adding or subtracting ingredients. However, it is important to remember that trail mix can be calorie-dense due to the nuts and dried fruits. So it is worth paying attention to portion sizes.

Looking for more mid-run snacks? Then check out this recipe for rice balls. They’re light, filling and very easy to carry.

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