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!
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
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- 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
🥣 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.
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.
❓ Recipe questions + quick tips
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.
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.
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.
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FREE MeAL PLANNING GUIDE
Dark Chocolate Cranberry Trail Mix
- 1 container or mixing bowl
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup mini pretzels
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 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.