Island Trail Mix

Island Trail Mix

StreuselIt’s Memorial Day weekend and the last post in our outdoor snack series!!  What better than one last trail mix recipe!

Stayed tuned for next month’s theme (hint:  it’s veggie heavy!).

I wanted to make a “not-your-run-of-the-mill” trail mix and scoured the internet finding this recipe for inspiration.  Of course I altered the heck out of it and even came up with my own name for it!

This trail mix recipe is a KEEPER!

I love hiking and some summers spend a lot of time outdoors and I hope this summer will fit into that category.  I am fortunate to live 10 minutes from dozens of beautiful trails nestled in the foothills of the Rockies.  The key is finding the ones no one else knows about, nothing ruins a good hike like a thousand of your closest friends!  Colorado’s population increased 80,000 people in the last year and I feel like they all moved to my neighborhood!

The key to a good hike is plenty of water, a jacket (you never know when a storm could hit), sunscreen, good shoes and GREAT snacks!  Throw this trail mix in a gallon size bag and share with friends.  You’ll be the essential part of their next hike, everyone loves the person who brings tasty food!

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Island Trail Mix

  • Author: Streusel
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: About 2 1/2 hours
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


2 c. raw walnuts (pieces and halves)

1 c. raw whole almonds

1 c. unsweetened coconut flakes

1/3 c. brown sugar

3 T. salted butter

2 T. avocado oil

1 t. vanilla

1/2 t. salt

4 oz. plantain chips (broken up a bit)

1/2 c. ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Combine the nuts, coconut, sugar, vanilla, butter, oil and salt in the instant pot or crock pot.
  2. Set the instant pot on slow cook for 2 hours or if using a crock pot, high for 30 minutes and low for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Stir every 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and after the 2 hours, spread the mix onto the baking sheet to cool.  I let mine cool overnight.
  5. The sugar doesn’t really melt so it creates a nice coating which when eaten outdoors will cause you to lick it off your hands.  If you don’t like licking sugary salty goodness off your hands I suggest substituting half of the sugar for maple syrup or honey.
  6. Once completely cool, mix the nut mix in a large bowl with both types of chips.  Spoon into jars to give to friends or bag up and stick it in your backpack for happy hiking!
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