This Gluten Free Trail Mix for the Holidays is a simple way to snack. It has dried fruit and chocolate chips for sweetness, so it can be served alongside desserts, but is healthier food than pies and cakes. Or you can serve it alongside fresh fruit, cheese, and gluten free crackers as an appetizer.
This trail mix is a subtle holiday snack. It’s not “hit-you-over-the-head” Christmasy, with green and red M&Ms or little bits of candy cane. It can be used for several different holidays, including Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and works well as part of a larger cheese plate.
But first, if you’re sitting there scratching your head, let’s answer the obvious question.
What is Trail Mix?
Trail mix is a snack typically made up of nuts, dried fruit, granola, and sometimes chocolate. It was created to take along when on hikes, or on the trail (hence the name).
It’s also a great snack to have around when you want to nibble on something but don’t want to eat a ton. It’s fairly filling so if you don’t want to accidentally eat a ton (which I’ll be honest, I’ve done a time or two), it’s better to make it in smaller quantities and serve with other items. I recommend making a small bowl, then serving it on a plate with fresh fruits, cheeses, and gluten free crackers.
How to Make Gluten Free Trail Mix
This is a really simple holiday trail mix recipe – basically everything is measured in equal amounts. If you’re making a small amount, I would start with a quarter cup of each of the dried cherries, candied pecans, walnuts, and chocolate chips. Dump them all into a bowl, mix them together, and voila! Gluten Free Trail Mix.
Depending on the holiday, you can add a couple garnishes on the edges or around the bowl of trail mix. Maybe something edible like rosemary and a couple cranberries. Or purely decorative like little pinecones or small pieces of evergreen tree branches. There are lots of options to make it festive.
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Recipe for Gluten Free Trail Mix for the Holidays
Gluten Free Trail Mix for the Holidays
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup candied pecans
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips semi-sweet or dark
- Measuring cups
- A medium-sized bowl
- Measure out each ingredient with a measuring cup, then dump them into a medium-sized bowl.
- Mix the ingredients around (with your fingers is fine), then pour into a dish and serve.