Keto Trail Mix is the perfect on-the-go breakfast or mid-morning nibble! With a delicious smoky sweetness and a touch of chocolate, you are going to love this energizing treat down to its last grain-free bite. This fast and easy snack is one you will make time and again.
Keto Trail Mix is Snacking Bliss!
Raise your hand if you are a snacker.
I know - many people say that you shouldn't snack on a keto diet. (Lucky for me, I have never been one to follow the rules. Otherwise, this delicious low carb trail mix would never have come into being.)
I find that most days I am eating two full meals and at least one snack. I get up ridiculously early - usually before 5 am - and typically have breakfast by 7:30 am. (Often a chaffle. Or a salad, because I am weird like that.) Dinner isn't until 6:00 pm, so I often find myself needing a little something to tide me over.
Sometimes it is a Chocolate Fat Bomb, but lately, I've been loving this DIY Trail Mix. This is a fun recipe to play around with, so if smoky sweetness isn't your thing, I've got some other variations below.
Keep this in an airtight jar in the pantry for up to three weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I eat trail mix on keto?
Most commercially available trail mix contains dried fruit, which unfortunately is exceptionally high in sugar. I have not found a trail mix in stores or online that I would consider keto-friendly. (But if you know of one, do share the brand with the rest of us!)
What is the best way to sweeten low carb trail mix?
I am a big fan of Swerve confectioner's sweetener as the gritty texture of other sweeteners tends to bother me. If you have a preferred sweetener, feel free to use it. I do not recommend allulose here, because of how it behaves when you bake the trail mix. (It is a fabulous choice for Keto Ice Cream though!)
Should I soak nuts before consuming?
Many health experts recommend soaking nuts before consuming them. If you find that they cause digestive issues, this can be helpful. To so do, soak them in a large bowl of salted filtered water for about 24 hours. Drain and rinse, blotting off excess liquid with a clean dish towel. Dehydrate at 150 degrees for 20 hours. Continue with the recipe as directed. You can read more about soaking nuts here.
How to Make Keto Trail Mix
1 Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Place pecans, macadamia nuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl.
2 Next, bring butter, brown sugar substitute, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper to a boil over medium-high heat.
3 Cook until the butter is melted.
4 Pour the mixture over the nuts and stir well to combine.
5 Finally, spread the mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely and then add in the chocolate chips.
- Add in 1/2 cup sugar-free cranberries. (Make sure they are genuinely sugar-free - many versions labeled as such are sweetened with juice and are high in carbs. Also, make sure you account for the additional carbohydrates if you are tracking your macros.)
- Garlic powder is nice here. Start with 1 teaspoon and adjust to your taste.
- For a sweeter option, skip the liquid smoke, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Increase brown sugar substitute to 3 tablespoons and add in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon vinegar.
- Swap out the nuts for Brazil nuts, walnuts, or hazelnuts.
Other Keto Snacks to Try
- When you need a quick bite to fuel your day, you are going to love these Chocolate Keto Fat Bombs.
- This Macadamia Nut Butter is sheer perfection when slathered on a chaffle or low carb bread. Or you can do what I do and eat it straight from a spoon!
- Keto Pecans are perfect when you are on the go. Not only do they make a great snack, but they are also fabulous on salads.
Easy Keto Trail Mix Recipe
Being prepared goes a long way towards success on a low carb diet. Prepare this Keto Trail Mix Recipe on Sunday, for an energizing bite all week long. The only problem will be convincing yourself not to eat a whole bowl!
Keto Trail Mix
- 3/4 cup raw pecans
- 3/4 cup raw macadamia nuts halved
- 1/2 cup raw almonds halved
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar substitute like Surkin Gold
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 6 ounces stevia sweetened chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Place pecans, macadamia nuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl
- Bring butter, brown sugar substitute, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Pour over the nut mixture and stir to combine.
- Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and spread to a single layer.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Transfer to a bowl, and stir in chocolate chips.