As Promised: Cran-Apple Trail Mix Recipe

A dear friend is moving this week and I sent over a bag of this incredible trail mix.  As promised, I have made the recipe public. This snack mix is similar to commercial snack mixes, but healthier and more delicious. Ha.

It is great alone or on top of your favorite yogurt. Feel free to adapt the dried fruit and nuts to suit your family’s tastes.

You’ll notice that the main ingredient is puffed kamut. Kamut is a larger cousin in the wheat family. Don’t worry if your grocery store doesn’t carry puffed kamut. Mine doesn’t. I buy it when I am in the “big city.” You can easily find plain puffed wheat. This is what the bag looks like from my local Walmart:





Dear moving friend, I hope you make this recipe in your new house while fondly thinking of us back in Eastern Colorado. Miss you already.

Cran-Apple Trail Mix Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 9 1/2 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Cran-Apple Trail Mix Recipe

My boys fondly call this treat "Mix." We take it with us on road trips and park dates. It's got an incredible crunch and it's a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Interchange the types of dried fruit and nuts to make it your family's new signature snack.


    Dry Ingredients:
  • 6 cups of puffed wheat or kamut cereal
  • 1 cup dried apples
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 2/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons mild tasting vegetable oil (canola, sunflower, or grapeseed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Over medium high heat, mix wet ingredients in a small sauce pan. Stir mixture until it starts to bubble around the edges of the pan. Slightly turn down the heat and stir for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour wet mixture onto the dry ingredients and mix until evenly coated.
  • Evenly spoon out mixture onto a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, stirring mixture once at the 5 minute mark.
  • Cool completely before munching and crunching.


This stores very well in an airtight container for one week. It is great to share as a back-to-school treat.