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Protein Trail Mix

This protein trail mix is a healthy, crunchy, high-protein snack! You only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this easy, savory trail mix recipe.

This is a bowl of protein trail mix. There is a glass bowl filled with pretzel sticks, baked snap peas, turkey jerky, crunchy chickpeas, and roasted almonds.

protein trail mix

A fun fact about me is that I'm a wilderness guide. Yep, my full-time job is to take students backpacking, paddling, rock-climbing, and on other kinds of adventure trips. This lifestyle requires a lot of time off the grid which means I'm packing healthy snacks to fuel my adventures. My favorite kinds of snacks are healthy, high-protein, and affordable! I have a big list of hiking snacks I choose from, and protein trail mix is the newest to the list! This protein trail mix is savory, crunchy, and my new favorite snack to eat on the top of a mountain!

What is protein trail mix?

Traditional trail mix is typically a combination of nuts, seeds, and chocolate. Instead of using the traditional ingredients, I swapped them for savory, high-protein ingredients. This protein trail mix is made with only five ingredients and takes less than five minutes to prepare and package. Unlike so many trail mixes made with chocolate, this one is packed with savory ingredients. Whether it’s for hiking, a camping trip, or an afternoon office snack, this healthy snack will give you the energy you need!

what ingredients do i need for this recipe?

Like most of my recipes, this one is easy to make and only includes 5 ingredients. Here's what you'll need:

  • Baked green peas - Salted and baked green peas are a salty and crunchy addition to trail mix. I use an entire bag of peas to the recipe and it adds several nutrition benefits.
  • Pretzel sticks - Pretzel sticks are another salty and crunchy addition to this savory trail mix. With several pretzel sticks per one serving, adding several of these won't add much nutrition or calories to the snack.
  • Jerky - Jerky is a great source of protein that is lightweight, non-perishable, and does well in all temperatures. It comes in several flavors, meats, and packages. My favorite kind of jerky is Trader Joe’s Turkey Jerky and Chomp’s Jerky Sticks. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even make your own jerky!
  • Dry roasted almonds - Nuts are high in fat, and a source of protein and fiber. Almonds also are a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and more.
  • Crunchy chickpeas - Chickpeas are a great nut-free, meat-free, high-protein addition to trail mix. I usually add a small bag of chickpeas to this recipe, but there are several recipes if you choose to make your own.
These are all of the ingredients for the protein trail mix. There are bowls with pretzel sticks, baked snap peas, turkey jerky, crunchy chickpeas, and roasted almonds.

Are there any substitutions for this recipe?

Trail mix is one of the easiest recipes for substitutions. It's so easy to swap out ingredients that match your dietary preferences! Here's some ideas:

  • Baked green peas and pretzel sticks - I like to add both of these for salty and crunchy addition to the trail mix. These are high-density options that have a high number per serving. Other options that could have this same sort of effect are popcorn, goldfish, or veggie straws.
  • Jerky - Jerky comes in a wide variety of flavors and meats so you can pick which you like best! If you're vegetarian, just leave this option out.
  • Dry roasted almonds - Most nuts are high in fat, and a source of protein and fiber. If you don't like almonds, you could use another dry roasted nut like cashews, peanuts, pistachios, or another kind of nut.
  • Crunchy chickpeas - These are a great nut-free option to the trail mix. Another nut-free option is dried and crunchy beans.

what equipment do i need for this recipe?

The only equipment you'll need for this recipe are measuring cups and a large mixing bowl. You will also need something to store the trail mix in, like a plastic container or reusable bags.

how do i make this recipe?

One of the best things about this recipe is there are only 3 steps. It's as easy as gathering and mixing ingredients. This will take you 3 minutes total!

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Add ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  • Store in airtight container.

Is this recipe healthy?

People often question if trail mix is good for you, and while it will vary for each person, trail mix is definitely a great source of protein and healthy fats. You can purchase trail mix in bulk, in individual pre-packaged bags, or make your own.

My favorite recipes for trail mix are my Copy Cat Trader Joe’s Tempting Trail Mix and S’mores Trail Mix.

can i have the recipe?

If you try this protein trail mix recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! Get creative with the ingredients and what you add to make this something you love.

This is a bowl of protein trail mix. There is a glass bowl filled with pretzel sticks, baked snap peas, turkey jerky, crunchy chickpeas, and roasted almonds.
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5 from 2 votes

Protein Trail Mix

This protein trail mix is a healthy, crunchy, high-protein snack! You only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this easy, savory trail mix recipe.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time1 min
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy trail mix, protein, protein trail mix, trail mix
Servings: 8
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • small bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baked green peas about 1 bag
  • 1.5 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup jerky about 1 bag
  • ½ cup dry roasted almonds
  • ½ cup crunchy chickpeas

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Add ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  • Store in airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 751mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg
Recipe Rating




Jen

Friday 17th of June 2022

I love this for a different take on trail mix! The snap peas are so good and a great way to add a little extra protein. This is the perfect trail mix to fuel my hikes!

Hannah Williams

Sunday 8th of August 2021

I really liked the idea and variety behind this trail mix! It was really satisfying and helped get in some extra protein. I had prepped about 5 bags of them for easy grab but the jerky did make some of the crackers turn soft so I would say to prepare the day of! Great mix overall.