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20 Snack Mix Recipes You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

A little-known fact about us is that our middle name is GORP. We’re lying…but we do have a habit of developing a major crush on basically any trail mix, Chex mix, nut mix or granola that comes into our life. Whether you like to pick the peanut butter chips out and eat them last or love a good raisin-cashew combo, these 20 snack mix recipes are meant to be eaten by the handful—great news, considering you won’t be able to stop after one bite. From pizza trail mix to sweet and salty nuts, we want to make them all.

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1. Pizza Trail Mix

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, low sugar, kid-friendly

It’s everything it sounds like: mixed nuts dusted in a savory blend of Italian seasonings and sun-dried tomatoes. We’d consider hiking an actual trail for this one.

2. Dill Pickle Snack Mix

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, low sugar, nut free

If salt and vinegar potato chips met up with dill pickles, this snack mix would be the result. It’s briny, herby and crunchy, thanks to pretzels, cereal and cheese crackers.

3. Roasted Mixed Nuts

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <15 minutes, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, no sugar

You can’t beat a classic. These savory bar nuts would be at home at a cocktail soirée or portioned into snack packs for car trips and lunchboxes.

4. Cocoa Peanut Butter Granola

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, make ahead

This granola is sweet and rich enough to taste decadent but sneakily packed with enough protein (ahem, nine grams per serving) to keep you satisfied. A snack winner, if you will.

5. Cranberry Walnut Grain-Free Granola

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, gluten free, dairy free

Not only is homemade granola less expensive than the store-bought stuff, it’s also way easier to customize. This one is gluten free and packed with healthy omegas from pumpkin, sunflower and hemp seeds.

6. Easy Homemade Trail Mix

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <15 minutes, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

Our motto in life is “everything in moderation,” which is why we like a one-to-one ratio of chocolate candies to everything else.

7. Homemade Chex Mix

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <15 minutes, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

The combination of Worcestershire, seasoned salt and onion powder is a standby for a reason, but you could also try something new: Cajun seasoning, garlic powder or hot sauce would all be good.

8. Double Dark Chocolate Muddy Buddies

Whether you know it as muddy buddies or puppy chow, this sweet snack mix is nearly impossible to put down. Gaby Dalkin’s version uses almond butter, but you could use peanut butter too.

9. Ranch Slow Cooker Chex Mix Made Easy

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: slow cooker recipe, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

Snack mix in the slow cooker? Yep, it’s a thing. Sure, the method frees up your oven for other purposes, but it also makes it possible to satisfy a craving when you don’t want to heat up your whole house.

10. Sweet and Spicy Roasted Party Nuts

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, special occasion-worthy

This is “how to win the holiday party 101.” Fresh rosemary, maple syrup, vanilla and cayenne sound like an unlikely combo, but it all works.

11. Coconut White Chocolate Muddy Buddies

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser

Even so-called white chocolate haters will find this mix hard to resist. The chocolate footballs are optional but would make a fitting addition for any game watch party.

12. Candied Spiced Nuts

  • Time Commitment: 14 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, vegan, one pan

Want to seem fancy? Make a batch of these cinnamon-y, cayenne spiked nuts, divvy them into cellophane bags and hand them out as holiday gifts.

13. Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

Watching a sporting event on TV is a tough sell for us…unless the promise of this spicy, herby snack is included in the deal.

14. Chipotle Caramel Chex Mix

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

If you’re all about sweet heat, be careful with this mix. You’ll want to devour a whole sheet pan of the stuff. Choose whatever nuts and crackers you please; the real star is the brown sugar–chipotle glaze.

15. Sweet and Salty Chocolate Caramel Banana Snack Mix

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <15 minutes, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

This mix has a little bit of everything: salty, crunchy, creamy, sweet and chewy. You know what that means? We’re making a double batch.

16. Roasted Cashews with Coconut

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, gluten free, dairy free

We can’t get enough of the subtly salty taste of this otherwise sweet snack mix. One handful and you’ll understand.

17. Everything Bagel Snack Mix

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <15 minutes, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

We’ll put the seasoning blend on pigs in a blanket and chicken tenders, so why not snack mix? We just wish we’d thought of it first.

18. Browned Butter Furikake Snack Mix

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

Furikake is a Japanese condiment that typically contains a mixture of toasted chopped seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar and other umami-rich seasonings. It also happens to be an excellent pair for a sweet maple glaze.

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19. Summer Pool Snack Mix

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

We can totally see ourselves diving into this mix of wasabi peas, popcorn and honey roasted cashews by the pool. All we need is a cocktail.

20. Sweet and Spicy Honey Snack Mix

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead

Wanna know a secret? When it comes to snack mix, it’s all about the sauce. This one combines butter, Worcestershire, hot sauce and honey for irresistible sweet-savory flavor.

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Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City restaurants. She used to sling sugary desserts in a pastry kitchen, but now she’s an avid home cook and fanatic baker.


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Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...