Low Sodium Homemade Trail Mix

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Low Sodium Homemade Trail Mix is the perfect portable snack. It’s protein-packed, easy to customize, and a filling snack to keep hunger at bay. 

Low Sodium Homemade Trail mix with nuts, dried cranberries, dried dates, and candy in two white bowls on a blue surface.

Homemade trail mix is the rock star of snacks. It’s simple to make and full of protein and heart-healthy fats. 

My husband keeps a stash of this trail mix in his office to fill his afternoon snack craving. I package it in resealable plastic bags or an airtight container, so it’s easy to transport. I refill it every week, so he always has a relatively healthy, low sodium snack on hand when his snack attacks hit, and fresh fruit won’t do. 

There’s no shortage of trail mix variations available in stores, but I like to make my own, so I have complete control over the sodium content. Look for unsalted ingredients and dried fruits without added sugars. Skip the M&Ms for a lower sugar mix.

Mise en Place

Here’s what you need to make Low Sodium Homemade Trail Mix.

Pecan Halves


Plain M&Ms

Chopped Dates

Dried Cranberries

Bowl of Low Sodium Homemade Trail Mix with ingredients labeled.


Medium Bowl

Silicon Spatulas or Wooden Spoon

Mason Jars 

How to Make Low Sodium Homemade Trail Mix

It’s hard to imagine a simpler recipe than homemade trail mix. All you have to do is stir the ingredients together in a large bowl until well mixed. 

Store trail mix in a zip-top plastic storage bag or a glass food storage jar for up to 1 month.

Process shots of making trail mix. Ingredients separate in bowl in first picture then ingredients mixed in second picture.

Variations on a Delicious Theme

The endless options are my favorite thing about trail mix. I love this blend of pecans, walnuts, dates, cranberries, and M&Ms, but there’s more than one way to trail mix! 

Most trail mixes contain nuts, dried fruit, and a little something sweet. Seeds, like unsalted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, are also tasty additions to trail mix.

To mix things up with this recipe, you can swap the dried cranberries and dates for raisins, golden raisins, dried apricots, or your favorite dried fruit. Look for unsweetened dried fruits to keep things lower in sugar. 

I love pecans and walnuts, but I sometimes use unsalted cashews, peanuts, or almonds instead. Toasting the nuts is optional. It will give them a bit more flavor, but cool them completely after toasting before adding them to the other ingredients. Plain M&Ms are the standard something sweet in most trail mixes, but you can substitute chocolate chips or roughly chopped chunks of dark chocolates instead. Toasted coconut flakes, not sweetened shredded coconut, are a great add-in for a little extra crunch.

Overhead shot of trail mix in small white bowl on a blue surface

Low Sodium Homemade Trail Mix FAQs 

How long will my trail mix last?

Trail mix will last up to one month if stored properly. Store it in a resealable plastic bag and seal it thoroughly or in airtight food storage containers. I like to package trail mix in small mason jars, but any airtight container will work.

Is trail mix a healthy snack?

Trail mix contains lots of protein – this one has 7 grams per 1/2-cup serving. The protein comes from the nuts, which also contain heart-healthy fats. It does contain some sugar from the M&Ms and the dried fruit, but you can reduce the amount of those items for a snack with less sugar.

close up image of trail mix in a white bowl

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