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16 Aug We are looking for the best plant-strong trail mix!

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Do you have an idea for a great trail mix? Engine 2 is looking for two trail mix recipes to include in the Engine 2 product line and we are looking for a creative combination of healthy whole, plant-strong ingredients to come up with two explosively delicious and nutritious products.

Winners will get an Engine 2 goodie bag!

Please post a comment with your idea!

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Ami Mackey for Engine 2
Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • mike tubbs
    Posted at 13:58h, 16 August

    My usual is pumpkin, chia, raisins, coconut, pecans and raspberries. Pretty simple but tastes great and works well. I’ve also thrown in some vegan choc. chips too!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 14:08h, 16 August

    I wish I had an idea for one, but I do have a request. Is there anyway that one of them can contain no nuts? I have such a difficult time finding a trail mix that I can eat in the classroom. So many of my students have an allergy it makes it so difficult to find some healthy plant-strong snacks to eat!

    • Carol Ecton
      Posted at 12:35h, 17 August

      see my post below. My daughter has multiple food allergies so we have to use ingredients that do not contain the main allergens or that have no warnings. I hope it helps.

  • Sandi Kern
    Posted at 14:11h, 16 August

    My all-time all-day all-raw fave: pistachios, cashews, Hunza raisins, dried mulberries, cacao nibs, dried goji berries

  • mairead
    Posted at 14:17h, 16 August

    raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and lots of dehydrated kale chips. Yum!

  • Laura Thake
    Posted at 14:31h, 16 August

    I’ve been making this mix for years, given it as gifts, requests for refills, etc. etc.
    Raw: almonds, pecans, walnuts, Roasted: peanuts, candied ginger, sesame sticks from Trader Joe’s, raisins and or crasins.

  • Mel
    Posted at 14:34h, 16 August

    I like:
    raw unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds
    non-sulfered dried apples
    unsweetened dried cherries
    dried bananas
    raw, unsalted almonds
    raw, unsalted, pumpkin seeds

  • Adam
    Posted at 14:39h, 16 August

    I usually make a mix of sprouted whole-grain pretzel bits, crisp dried apple chips, freeze dried banana chips, raisins, dried apricots, and a combination of some nuts, usually walnuts and pecans, maybe a couple brazil nuts for an exotic twist 🙂

  • Joan G
    Posted at 14:40h, 16 August

    Two that come to mind would be a tropical one (macademia nuts, papaya, banana, pineapple, coconut) and a more basic one (pistacios, almonds, walnuts, carob chips, dates, banana). I’m hungry now 🙂

  • Natosha
    Posted at 15:01h, 16 August

    nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashews
    seeds: sunflower
    dried friut: golden raisins, cherries, currants
    other: vegan choc chips, Cascadian Farms Purely Os


  • Happy Herbivore
    Posted at 15:02h, 16 August

    I make trail mix with roasted chickpeas (instead of nuts) — just roast them in the oven, no oil necessary. Sometimes I add seasonings! and then dried fruits like raisins or cranberries… but I’m careful to make sure my fried fruit is coated in sugar or oil. I really like roasted chickpeas, cranberries, peas and a little wasabi!

  • Happy Herbivore
    Posted at 15:03h, 16 August

    oops my dried fruit is not* coated in sugar or oil.

  • Sarah L
    Posted at 15:07h, 16 August

    This is a favorite mix!
    * dried ginger (to aid digestion)
    * cashews (healthy fats)
    * walnuts (omega-3s)
    * dried tart cherries (anti-inflammatory)
    * cacao nibs (anti0xidants)

  • Caryn dugan
    Posted at 15:14h, 16 August

    I’m with HH on the roasted chickpeas!
    For a nut free version:
    Roasted chickpeas (garbanzos)
    Dried cranberries
    Dried banana
    Dried papaya
    Pumpkin seeds
    Chunks of high quality dark chocolate

    More traditional version including nuts:
    Dried pineapple
    Pumpkin seeds
    Chunks of high quality dark chocolate

  • Michelle
    Posted at 16:20h, 16 August

    The family favorite is raw almonds, carob pieces, and raisins. So simple and delicious!

  • Tonya Holdren
    Posted at 16:53h, 16 August

    I’m simple. I like dark chocolate chips, pecans and cranberries. If I would to get a little wild I will throw in some toasted coconut

  • David Meyer
    Posted at 17:14h, 16 August

    Low fat vegan trail mix is kind of an impossible thing to do. Trail mix is EXTREMELY fattening. I haven’t eaten it in about a decade, because it doesn’t fit the low fat theme.

    I would do a combination of:
    **Raw organic pumpkin seeds
    **Raw organic pistachio (low fat + 30 different nutrients)
    **Roasted chick peas
    **Dried Pineapple
    **Dried banana
    **Dried Papaya (healthy digestive enzymes)

    The lowest fat nut is the pistachio and they have over 30 different vitamins and nutrients.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/z027698_pistachios_snacks.html – Pistachios have over 30 vitamins and nutrients including vitamin B6, copper, manganese, thiamin, dietary fiber and protein. They also have a high amount of antioxidants and are the only nut to have significant amounts of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which may reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

  • Maren Baum
    Posted at 17:46h, 16 August

    A little Fall Harvest Mix: Pepitas, dried cranberries, walnuts, dried apple, cashews (or whatever mixed nuts work best for your suppliers!)

  • Beth Germain
    Posted at 18:12h, 16 August

    I have a son who is allergic to lots of different types of nuts but he can have almonds so I use Almonds and Tropical dried fruit – which includes pineapple, apricots, papaya, raisins, apples, coconut and I add dried cranberries. Sometimes I add vegan chocolate. I always mix it up a little differently so that we don’t get board.

  • Tina
    Posted at 18:15h, 16 August

    – sesame teriyaki flavoured sesame sticks, cashews, pepitas and dried black beans. nummers!

    – coconut, carob nibs, almonds, cashews and sunflower seeds

  • Alison boorman-sears
    Posted at 19:32h, 16 August

    For the Perron above who requested no nuts, I use a combo of the plain and caramel kissed savi seeds, dried tart cherries, Incan berries, goji berries, and cacao nibs. Sometimes I throw in some gluten free pretzels. Yummy,

  • Laurie Hahn
    Posted at 22:27h, 16 August

    1 cup almond slivers
    1 cup dried cranberries
    1/2 cup dried papaya
    1/4 cup raw cashews
    1/4 cup roasted soy nuts
    1/4 cup shredded coconut

    Mix well in an air tight container and keep in the fridge.

  • Denise
    Posted at 23:06h, 16 August

    Keep it Simple: dried KALE flakes, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and blueberries, cashews (nuts = raw, no salt)

  • Linda Myers
    Posted at 23:13h, 16 August

    Just learned about raw Jungle peanuts. These nuts ate not grown in the ground and they have more protein in them than traditional peanuts. Raw Jungle peanuts added to a trail mix of dried bananas, dried apples, dried cranberries or raisins, carob chips, and raw walnuts would be so yummy. I love the dried peas and any rice cracker, too. The Japanese love the flavors of rice crackers and peanuts together. Try it sometime. Kaki no tame is a Japanese favorite and healthful treat. Any combination of these great treats would make a great trail mix.

  • Brigitte
    Posted at 23:23h, 16 August

    Everything raw, unsweetened with no salt and in equal proportions (handful of each):

    -cacao nibs
    -coconut flakes
    -goji berries
    -dried blueberries (or any berry)
    -pumpkin seeds

    Can easily leave out the nuts and still have a filling, nutritious snack. A little goes a long way! The great thing about the raw cacao nibs is they taste so good with the coconut and do not easily melt.

  • jimmyb
    Posted at 00:53h, 17 August

    1/3 cup Almonds
    1/4 cup Dried apricots
    1/3 cup Raisins
    1/8 cup Sunflower seeds
    1/8 cup Pumpkin seeds

  • Carol Ecton
    Posted at 11:11h, 17 August

    My daughter has severe nut/peanut and egg allergies so we make our own using a variety of cereal. Sorry I don’t have exact measurements we just throw them in a bag and shake them up. Makes a great snack for traveling!!

    -Craisins, dried cranberries
    -Kix cereal
    -mini marshmallows
    – milk and nut free chocolate chips (Divvies.com)
    -mini pretzels or pretzel gold fish

  • Lynnette
    Posted at 18:53h, 17 August

    simple but good:
    snipped dried ginger
    dried cherries

  • Michelle
    Posted at 08:50h, 18 August

    I like to experiment with different combinations, but this is one of my favorites:
    Lightly, dry toasted pecans
    homemade diced dried peaches
    crystalized ginger

    It has the flavors of peach pie.

  • Emily
    Posted at 12:15h, 18 August

    I really like savory and sweet trail mixes. And, I especially love one that includes my new favorite snack: roasted chickpeas! 🙂

    – roasted chickpeas (with seasonings/spices of your choice)
    – dried, unsweetened cranberries, pineapple, mango, and apple
    – raw pecans and cashews
    – unsweetened, shredded coconut (optional)
    – raw pumpkin seeds

  • Misty Turner
    Posted at 08:19h, 20 August

    I like putting in my trail mix Goji berries, raisins, bite size shredded wheat, grain sweetened chocolate chips, raw pecans and raw walnuts.

  • deb schlée
    Posted at 00:26h, 23 August

    I say…keep it simple.

    craisons, almonds and chocolate chips 🙂

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