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Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
Trail Mix Recipes on 09/13/2009 23:59:20 MDT Print View

For those of you that make your own trail mixes, post your favorite trail mix recipe here.

On that very subject, does anyone have the trail mix recipe that NOLS uses on its courses? I'm not sure whether they use the same standard trail mix recipe all of the time, or if they vary it depending on availability of ingredients or cost. If the former is the case, could someone please kindly post it? I'm feeling nostalgic for my NOLS course and the trail mix I had...

Reginald Donaldson
(worth) - MLife

Locale: Wind River Range
Halloween Mix on 09/14/2009 21:13:44 MDT Print View

Caramel/Apple candy corn
Apple chips

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
gorp on 09/15/2009 10:09:59 MDT Print View

cashews and dark chocolate m&m's

cashews, candied stem ginger, cranberries and raisins

vanilla almonds, pepitas, and cherries

Snyder's honey mustard pretzel pieces, smoked almonds and dried veggies

gosh - it really depends on my mood - what's in the pantry and what everyone else is in the mood for

josh wagner
(StainlessSteel) - F
fruity on 09/15/2009 14:47:41 MDT Print View

craisins, yogurt covered raisins, dried banana chips

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Trail Mix Recipes on 09/16/2009 04:17:56 MDT Print View

Usually I have some of my dried bananas and apples (both not as dry as the commercial variety) and for a few months dried apricots from my tree. To that I add the usual nut mix (partial to almonds,cashews and brazil nuts...) . On my last trip I enjoyed craisins as well as chocolate chips similar to the M&M (part of a nut mix)
At times I crave dates and figs.
Occasionally I have had mango as well but hard to find the kind I like. Must have a go at drying that too.
Oh, my last batch of pineapple was pretty good too. More like candy (lots of sugar...) than dried fruit , but nice nevertheless.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Pineapple on 09/16/2009 16:46:26 MDT Print View

Okay - here's a little tidbit coming out in my next book. Try slicing the pineapple and sprinkling it with cinnamon. Then place it on the grill or under the broiler. Once it is softened and slightly charred in spots take it off the grill, cut it into smaller pieces and dry it. Totally delicious... if I do say so myself. Now if only I could find a way to keep the guys out of it before our trip. They've eaten 2/3rd's of it already!

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Trail Mix Recipes on 09/16/2009 19:07:03 MDT Print View

I did add a bit of cinnamon to mine but dried it in my food dryer. My problem is that I make my recipes up as I go along and by the time I realise that I have a winner I have forgotten exactly what I did...
I add cinnamon to my apples too.
Next time I will try the grill bit, I think that I get the idea , sort of caramellizing it. Thanks for that.

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Trail Mix Recipes on 10/26/2009 01:33:30 MDT Print View

Here's an Aussie one;

Kelloggs Nutri-grain Iron Man food
Dried Noodles
Chilli Powder

Pack into a ziploc and away you go.


Edited by markmclauchlin on 10/26/2009 01:34:55 MDT.


Locale: Western Michigan
Re: Trail Mix Recipes on 10/26/2009 14:23:50 MDT Print View

Back in the 1980's in the NOLS Cascades trips the recipe for Trail Mix was granola we made, plus "whatever" we felt we could spare that the rations provided like dried fruits, nuts and sometime candy.

John Davis
(billybooster) - F

Locale: So Cal
my mix on 10/26/2009 16:05:18 MDT Print View

I made it so 3.3oz would be lotsa calories. I use 1/2 oz of each of these ( a little less sunflower, little more peanut and m&m)
cashew -
raisins ,cranberries
peanut butter pretzels

Frank Perkins

Locale: North East
Re: Trail Mix Recipes on 10/26/2009 16:30:57 MDT Print View

I thought everyone sucked on tubes of emulsified pringles mixed with almond butter.

This is my fave:
- shelled pistachio nuts
- raisins
- mini snicker type bars

Sprinkled with
- gummy bears
- jelly belly beans
- sour patch kids

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Chocolate Covered Expresso Beans on 10/26/2009 20:43:27 MDT Print View

Chocolate covered coffee/expresso beans are pure gold in trail mix.

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
What are eXpresso beans? on 10/26/2009 20:49:53 MDT Print View

Could they be related to espresso?

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

eXpresso on 10/26/2009 23:58:13 MDT Print View

Uhh...yeah they're sorta related but they're much faster to eat :)

Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
Coffee Beans Edible? on 11/03/2009 16:51:26 MST Print View

Okay, silly question here. Can you just go down to your local Starbucks, purchase a bag of Espresso beans, and just throw a handful in there? Are they edible in that form?

The reason I ask, is that I am a huge fan of chocolate-covered coffee beans. However, I always assumed that the beans are treated/toasted/etc. for "raw" comsumption. I have never seen anyone reach into a coffee bag and pop some beans in their mouth, hence the reason for my perception.

Coffee beans in a trail mix for an extra pick-me-up or boost would be a great idea.

Thanks for the trail mix recipes, by the way. Please keep 'em coming!

Edited by NightMarcher on 11/03/2009 16:53:14 MST.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Coffee Beans Edible? on 11/03/2009 16:57:35 MST Print View

Yes, the plain beans are quite edible. They are the same as the ones used in the choc. covered ones. Only difference is the chocolate tastes better than plain ;-) But! By variety plain coffee beans can be much harder to chew - and honestly many won't taste good. So tread lightly on this, the dipped ones are heavily roasted.

Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
my PCT trail mix on 11/03/2009 17:36:18 MST Print View

Mixed salted nuts and M&Ms in a 50/50 ratio. Never got tired of it!

Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
Toasting coffee beans for a breakfast trail mix on 11/03/2009 17:43:00 MST Print View


So, basically toasting a handful of Starbucks beans in a non-oiled pan for a minute or so should do the trick, no?

Jace Mullen
(climberslacker) - F

Locale: Your guess is as good as mine.
delisious on 11/03/2009 21:11:17 MST Print View



son;t really know what the calories are on this... maybe someone will know.. buts its delishous!


Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Re: Toasting coffee beans for a breakfast trail mix on 11/04/2009 00:00:12 MST Print View

"So, basically toasting a handful of Starbucks beans in a non-oiled pan for a minute or so should do the trick, no?"

Perhaps. All i know is that regular coffee beans will not work in the form that you get them. Way too hard to chew. The chocolate covered ones almost turn to dust in your mouth so they must be very dehydrated/roasted. Cooking them in a pan might just burn the outside but it's worth trying. Coffee beans will give you a good caffeine kick.