Get ready for hiking season or keep these in your bag for an inexpensive snack when you are running errands. This Smoked Trail Mix recipe is super easy and out-of-this-world delicious!
🍽️ Why This Works
Easy | This is a super simple recipe that anyone will master quickly. There really isn’t much that can go wrong.
Customizable | I love recipes that I can customize. I am not a huge fan of running to the store and buying tons of ingredients when I can use what I already have in the house.
Mixed Nuts and Seeds | It really doesn’t matter what you add here. I used almonds, cashews, pepitas, and and sunflower seeds. The key here is to use raw and unsalted varieties. These will provide the protein you need in a good and healthy snack.
Dried Fruits | A good trail mix has some nice dried fruits to provide that immediate burst of natural sugars. I used dried cranberries, raisins, coconut, and dried apricots chopped up.
Chocolate | This is completely optional, but dude – it’s chocolate! M&Ms or another coated bite sized chocolate is ideal. I eat this when I am out hiking and really don’t want to get melted chocolate all over my hands.
Step One: Set the grill for indirect heat and a low/medium temperature. For the Big Green Egg, I used the plate setter.
Step Two: Add the nuts and seeds to a disposable aluminum pan. These will be smoked, so there isn’t a lot of concern to keep it to a single layer.
Step Three: Add the wood chips and smoke it lightly for about one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. They are done when you see that they have darkened and appear toasty.
Step Four: Bring these inside and let them cool completely. They will become crispy as they cool.
Step Five: Combine the smoked nuts, dried fruits and any chocolate (we all need some extra chocolate, right?!?) in a large bowl. Mix well.
Step Six: Scoop single serving sized handfuls into snack sized Ziploc bags. Seal them up and store in the pantry until you are ready to use.
Note: If you are going to give these as gifts, but some decorative clear party bags and cute ribbon. This is a phenomenal give that your friends and family will adore!
❗ Expert Tips
Add some seasoning. If you want to add some Zing! to your recipe, spray a little olive oil over the nuts and seeds before you place them on the grill and sprinkle on your favorite BBQ rub. I like to add a spicy variety and the heat is offset by the sweetness in the chocolate and fruits.
Double the batch. We go through these quite quickly, so it is easy to double it up. The only real effort is in smoking the nuts and seeds, and that just entails stirring it every 15 minutes.
Don’t smoke too much. A little smoke goes a long ways. If you haven’t ever done this, just use a handful or two of wood chips. You don’t need big, billowing puffs of smoke. A light trickle will do the job perfectly. You’ll find that the smoke flavor intensifies over the next several days. The first time we made these, we used way too much and the flavor was a bit overpowering.
This usually includes seeds, nuts, dried fruit and chocolate. It is a great finger food used for nutrition while hiking.
It is also known as GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) and Scroggin.
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Smoked Trail Mix
- 3 cups Nuts we used raw almond and cashews
- 1 cup Seeds we used pepitas and sunflower seeds
- ½ cup Apricots dried
- ½ cup Raisins
- ½ cup Craisins
- ½ cup Coconut Flakes sweetened
- ½ cup Mini M&Ms
- Heat the smoker up to 250 degrees using indirect heat. For a gas grill, turn off the center burners. For the Big Green Egg, use the Plate Setter. Add your favorite smoking chips to the grill. Fruit wood typically provides the best results.
- Place all the seeds and nuts into a disposable aluminum pan. Place it in the smoker for 90-120 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. You'll know they are done when they turn a deep, toasty brown.
- Remove the nuts/seeds from the smoker and allow them to cool completely. You'll see that they will get crispy as they cool.
- Place the cooled nuts and all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Add them to individual sized plastic Ziploc bags and store for up to three months.