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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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  • mike tubbs

    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

    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

      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

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

  • mairead

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

  • Laura Thake

    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

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

  • Adam

    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

    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

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


  • Happy Herbivore

    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

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

  • Sarah L

    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

    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

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

  • Tonya Holdren

    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

    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. – 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

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

  • Beth Germain

    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

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

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

  • Alison boorman-sears

    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

    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

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

  • Linda Myers

    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

    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

    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

    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 (
    -mini pretzels or pretzel gold fish

  • Lynnette

    simple but good:
    snipped dried ginger
    dried cherries

  • Michelle

    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

    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

    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

    I say…keep it simple.

    craisons, almonds and chocolate chips :)

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