Dark Chocolate Cranberry Trail Mix

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Trail Mix, a super easy 5-ingredient trail mix recipe with dark chocolate chunks, dried cranberries, pretzels, and nuts or seeds. Perfect on-the-go snack!

trail mix with pretzels, dark chocolate, dried cranberries, and pumpkin and sunflower seeds on a white table

Love trail mix? This easy trail mix recipe takes it up a notch with the addition of decadent dark chocolate, tart dried cranberries, crunchy pretzels, and nutritious pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Tasty, easy to make, and can be customized with your favorite ingredients!

👉 Ready to learn how to make trail mix with dark chocolate? Let’s do it!


🎥 Recipe video

Watch me make this simple trail mix recipe!

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🥨 Ingredients

  • Dark Chocolate Chips or Chunks: The star ingredient of this trail mix recipe, dark chocolate adds a rich and indulgent flavor to the mix. Look for high-quality dark chocolate chips or chunks with at least 70% cocoa content for a more intense chocolate taste.
  • Dried Cranberries: These sweet and tangy dried fruits add a burst of flavor to the trail mix. Look for dried cranberries without added sugars or preservatives. You can also substitute dried cherries, blueberries, or raisins if you prefer a different dried fruit.
  • Mini Pretzels: Mini pretzels provide a salty and crunchy element to the trail mix. Look for small pretzels without added flavors or coatings, and choose whole grain pretzels. You can also use pretzel sticks or twists if you can’t find mini pretzels.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Look for raw or roasted pumpkin seeds without added salt or oil for a healthier option. You can also substitute other nuts or seeds such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, or chia seeds if you prefer.
  • Sunflower Seeds: These nutty and crunchy seeds are a great source of vitamin E, fiber, and healthy fats. Look for raw or roasted sunflower seeds without added salt or oil for a healthier choice.
  • Recommended tools: mixing bowl, large container for storing
bowls of pretzels, dark chocolate, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds on a white table for trail mix
Ingredients: mini pretzels, dark chocolate, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds

🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Mix trail mix ingredients

Add the dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, mini pretzels, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds to a large bowl or container. Shake the container or mix with a spoon to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.

You can adjust the quantities of each ingredient to suit your taste preferences.

👉 Pro tip: Buy dark chocolate bars or chunks and use a knife to chop into smaller, bite-size chunks.

pretzels, dark chocolate, and dried cranberries on a cutting board with a knife
Cut chocolate if you bought it in larger chunks

2️⃣ Step Two: Store and serve trail mix

Store the dark chocolate cranberry trail mix in a large container or portion it out into smaller one-portion containers, about 1/2 cup per serving, for easy grab-and-go snacks.

a small bowl with dark chocolate and dried cranberry trail mix with pretzels and seeds

❓ Recipe questions + quick tips

Can I use other types of chocolate in this trail mix?

Yes, you can use other types of chocolate such as milk chocolate or white chocolate, depending on your preference. However, dark chocolate is recommended for its health benefits and rich flavor that complements the tartness of the dried cranberries.

Can I add other ingredients to this trail mix?

Absolutely! Trail mix is highly customizable, and you can add or substitute ingredients based on your personal taste preferences or dietary restrictions. Nuts, seeds, dried fruits, or even small candies can be great additions to this recipe.

Can I make this trail mix in advance for meal prep?

Yes, this trail mix is perfect for meal prep as it can be stored for several weeks in an airtight container. Simply portion it out into smaller containers for easy grab-and-go snacks throughout the week.


💡 Ideas for serving

  • As an on-the-go snack. Portion out the trail mix into small resealable bags or containers for a quick and convenient snack when you’re on the move.
  • For outdoor activities. Bring a bag of this dark chocolate cranberry trail mix along on your hikes, camping trips, or picnics for a delicious and nutritious snack to keep you fueled.
  • As a party snack. Serve this trail mix in a bowl or on a platter at your next gathering or party for a

🧊 How to store

Store the dark chocolate cranberry trail mix in an airtight container or one-portion containers in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. It can last for several weeks to a month.

a close up photo of a small bowl with trail mix with dark chocolate, dried cranberries, pretzels, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds

👉 More chocolate snack recipes

Want more easy snack recipes with chocolate? Try No-Bake Brownie Bites or Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars.

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a small bowl with dark chocolate and dried cranberry trail mix with pretzels and seeds

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Trail Mix

Kristina Todini, RDN
Dark Chocolate Cranberry Trail Mix, a super easy 5-ingredient trail mix recipe with dark chocolate chunks, dried cranberries, pretzels, and nuts or seeds. Perfect on-the-go snack!
5 star (1 rating)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 6 servings
Calories 262 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 container or mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup mini pretzels
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

Instructions
 

  • Mix trail mix ingredients: Add ½ cup dark chocolate, ½ cup dried cranberries, 1 cup mini pretzels, ½ cup pumpkin seeds, and ½ cup sunflower seeds to a large bowl or container. Shake the container or mix with a spoon to combine.
  • Store and serve: Store in a large container or portion out trail mix into smaller one-portion containers (about 1/2 cup per serving) to grab and go when needed.

Video

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Notes

Prep ahead: Make this recipe up to a month ahead of time and portion in 1/2 cup portions to enjoy on-the-go.
Leftovers and storage: Store leftover dark trail mix in an airtight container in the pantry for up to one month.
Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is an estimate using all listed ingredients. This recipe uses all plant-based ingredients.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 0.4mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 282mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 12IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 3mg
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