Maple Cheddar Trail Mix

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I love a unique twist on a classic hiking snack, and this Maple Cheddar Trail Mix is definitely delicious and different!

Close up of Maple Cheddar Trail Mix for a hiking snack by the Amanda Outside blog

Sometimes the traditional hiking snack GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) just doesn’t cut it, and that’s where this trail mix recipe comes in.

The trail mix is:

  • easy to make
  • crunchy
  • salty
  • cheesy
  • filling
  • won’t melt in your pack

I’m sure this trail mix recipe will quickly become a favorite on your hikes.

maple cheddar trail mix ingredients

Maple Cheddar Trail Mix Ingredients

  • Pecans and Almonds – We use a mix of almonds and pecans in this trail mix. Start with raw nuts. Once we bake them, they’ll take on a delicious toasted nut flavor!
  • Olive or coconut oil – Use whichever you have.
  • Maple syrup – For the sweet crunchy coating on the nuts.
  • Salt – Gotta have the salt!
Cheddar sesame sticks for the trail mix recipe
Annies cheddar squares for the trail mix
  • Cheese crackers – Such as Cheese-Its, Annies Cheddar Squares, or Goldfish.
  • Cheddar sesame sticks – My local grocery store sells these in the bulk section. If you can’t find them, simply omit them from the recipe. No big deal.
  • Raisins or dried cranberries – Use whichever you have, or do a mix of both!
The delicious cheddar maple trail mix for a hiking snack

How to Make Cheddar Maple Trail Mix

Mix the nuts with the oil, maple syrup, and salt.
Baked almonds and pecans for the trail mix

Step 1: Cook the Almonds and Pecans

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Add the pecans, almonds, oil, maple syrup, and salt to a bowl and mix well. Spread the nuts in an even layer on a bare baking sheet – no parchment paper.

I’ve noticed that the nuts don’t get as crispy when using parchment paper. I’m sorry, you’re going to have to clean the baking sheet after this one!

Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and immediately use a spatula to toss the nuts. Then, let them cool completely.

Mix the other ingredients in a bowl
Homemade trail mix for hiking

Step 2: Mix everything together

In a large bowl, mix the cheese crackers, cheddar sesame sticks, and raisins or cranberries. Once the nuts are fully cooled, add them to the bowl and mix. That’s it!

Store in an airtight container. This trail mix is best if consumed within 2-3 days.

Roasted mixed nuts in the oven for homemade trail mix

Maple Cheddar Trail Mix

Sometimes the traditional hiking snack GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) just doesn’t cut it, and that’s where this delicious and unique trail mix recipe comes in!
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pecans raw
  • 1/2 cup almonds raw
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cheddar crackers such as Cheese-Its or Goldfish
  • 1/2 cup cheddar sesame sticks*
  • 1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Add the pecans, almonds, oil, maple syrup, and salt to a bowl and mix well.
  • Spread the nuts in an even layer on a bare baking sheet (no parchment paper).
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, and immediately use a spatula to toss the nuts. Then, let them cool completely.
  • Once the nuts are completely cool, mix with the rest of the ingredients and store the trail mix in an airtight container. This trail mix is best if consumed within 2-3 days.

Notes

*I find the cheddar sesame sticks in the bulk section at my local grocery store. If you can’t find them, you can just omit them from the recipe.
Servings: 2.5 cups
Homemade maple cheddar trail mix for hiking
Eating cheddar maple trail mix while hiking
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