Gluten Free Trail Mix Recipe

We travel and hike quite a bit as a family. Because of that I like to pack healthy snacks to take with us so we aren’t eating junk food the whole time. Sometimes it’s hard to find an inexpensive gluten-free trail mix so I’ve started making my own.

gluten free trail mix recipe

The problem is that I like to make a big batch and it doesn’t seem to stay fresh as long as I want after I make it. With a FoodSaver it can stay fresh up to a year or more. That’s perfect for tossing in a back pack and probably forgetting about it for a while. It’s always good to have extra food stashed away in your backpack on a hike. I’m usually hungrier or need more energy than I think I’m going too. This trail mix is also great for 72 hour kits or as an additional food storage source. 

You should experiment with making your own favorite trail mix but here is my go-to gluten free mix. Of course you can add more dried fruit, nuts, or any other things you would like. The best part of this trail mix is that you can customize it to your wants and needs. This mix is super simple but gives us the added energy we need when we’re being active.

trail mix ingredients

gluten-free trail mix recipe:
6 cups gluten-free granola
2 cups cashews
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup craisins

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Measure out 1 cup of trail mix for each bag. I’ve found that’s a good amount for a snack or for a break while hiking but adjust the amount to your needs.

trail mix

See how the FoodSaver sucks out all the air which keeps the mix fresher longer? I use the FoodSaver for brand to keep food fresh but I’m sure there are probably other brands out there too. I usually label the package with the date and also the amount.

gluten free trail mix stored

If you’re a hiker, camper or boater this process is also great for keeping important things water tight.

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  • Lisa L November 29, 2014, 7:18 am

    I have a daughter in college. I would seal individual snack packages for her to keep in her dorm room.

  • Karen J November 29, 2014, 10:14 am

    I love to buy larger packs of meat and split them up to save money. This would beat freezer bags and sucking the air out with a straw.

  • Mary November 29, 2014, 1:23 pm

    I would seal and freeze the extra avocados from our grove! How handy this would be!

  • Shelly November 29, 2014, 2:13 pm

    I would probably first use it to vacuum meats, because they are so expensive. So I could buy a bunch and make them last longer, instead of having to buy monthly.

  • Patti November 29, 2014, 2:29 pm

    I’d love to seal ground beef. We are still learning how to down-size. The children are grown and although they still live with us, they aren’t always home for dinner. And then I’d do pork chops. It always seems that when we have pork chops no one shows up!

  • Colleen Boudreau November 29, 2014, 2:39 pm

    I would seal meat for the freezer.

  • Diana November 29, 2014, 4:43 pm

    Large packs of meat would be great to divide and vacuum seal…. ground beef, chicken, pork chops.

  • Danielle November 29, 2014, 5:44 pm

    I would use this to package meat from Costco! My aunt has one and she loves it!

  • Cassie November 29, 2014, 6:03 pm

    I make casseroles ahead of time to take to the kids and grandkids. Sealing them would make them last longer.

  • Suzanne November 29, 2014, 7:49 pm

    My toddler loves waffles… id probably make a gigantic stash and seal them right up!!

  • Cindy H November 29, 2014, 8:21 pm

    I never thought of sealing non-food items! Great for 72 hour storage

  • Lisa Z November 29, 2014, 8:57 pm

    I would seal up block cheese.

  • Lynne Tilley November 29, 2014, 10:11 pm

    I would vacuum seal my soups that I make and store in the freezer in zip-lock bags. This would be awesome.

  • Julie H. November 29, 2014, 11:10 pm

    I’m going to echo the previous comments and say that I’d seal the meats I buy in bulk and freeze. It’d sure beat the press and seal wrap and freezer bags I use now! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Laura Lintner November 30, 2014, 5:05 pm

    My husband and I shop for some stuff at warehouse clubs and since it’s just the two of us, it would be great to seal it completely and have it last longer.

  • Melanie November 30, 2014, 8:56 pm

    definitely meats!

  • Meegan November 30, 2014, 11:52 pm

    I would use it for brown sugar, and powdered sugar. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kim (TheKimSixFix) November 30, 2014, 11:56 pm

    It would be great to seal stuff before I stuck it in the freezer

  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles December 1, 2014, 6:52 am

    I like to store bulk spices in the freezer. This would certainly help keep them fresh!

  • Brenna @ Life After Laundry December 1, 2014, 8:21 pm

    Chicken, chicken, chicken and maybe some deer meat.

  • Emily Smith December 1, 2014, 9:30 pm

    I would portion out snacks for my boys!

  • Melissa L. December 1, 2014, 10:39 pm

    I would seal meats with it. Thanks for the chance!

  • Lauren December 2, 2014, 11:27 am

    I love being able to pack my lunches ahead of time and not rush to do it right before work. I would seal my lunches for work for peace of mind 🙂

  • shaunie December 2, 2014, 9:11 pm

    The first thing would be vegetables.

  • Heather S December 3, 2014, 6:11 am

    I would seal salmon! 🙂

  • Lauren E. December 3, 2014, 7:25 am

    I make my own trail mix, i’d vacuum seal that up for work & school snacks

  • Holly December 3, 2014, 7:38 am

    Pick me! I want one! Great post Leanne, Hugs- Holly 🙂

  • Kayla December 3, 2014, 9:23 am

    This would be great for freezing individual servings of soup and chili!

  • carol chew December 3, 2014, 11:42 am

    i would like to seal all opened packets of chips, nuts, etc.

  • Anjanette December 3, 2014, 1:22 pm

    My giant block of cheddar cheese.

  • Deanna December 3, 2014, 3:58 pm

    I just retired and would love to make larger meals and freeze them.

  • Debra Lee December 3, 2014, 6:53 pm

    Bulk nuts for me!

  • Charlene Glover December 4, 2014, 4:40 pm

    I would make some beef jerky

  • Jean McRae July 24, 2015, 6:40 am

    This device help me save time when cook. It is very useful

  • Ella J. Howe March 20, 2017, 6:38 am

    Can you heat seal a bag without vacuuming out the air from the bag. If so can you use any bag to heat seal ?

  • Neha @ Love Food Recipes January 19, 2022, 4:52 am

    Ahhha this looks so good! I’m definitely gonna try making it myself:) Thanks for sharing.

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