Missing nuts due to food allergies? You can still enjoy great snacks! Mix up some homemade nut free trail mix in a big batch and use it for school snacks, road trips, or hiking!
Hey friends, it’s time for the October Recipe ReDux! Believe it or not, this month’s theme is not Halloween inspired, it’s all about nuts.
A Nutty Nut Day
We had to take advantage of the fact that National Nut Day (October 22nd) falls on one of our ReDux monthly theme post days – so we can all go nuts! Share a healthy nut-filled recipe: Think whole nuts, chopped nuts, ground nuts, nut butter and/or nut flour. And Happy Nut Day!
I personally love peanuts and tree nuts but since my kids have allergies to both, I decided to make a nut-free recipe for National Nut Day so my kids and all the other nut-allergic kids out there won’t feel left out 🙂 Enter our favorite nut free trail mix!
The grain-free version without cereal
I have posted some nut recipes on my blog before (like the Apricot Almond Bites), but for the most part I try not to cook with nuts since my kids both have peanut and tree nut allergies. I keep a few nut products around for me to eat (like my almond or cashew milk), but I am cautious about cross contamination and I keep things sealed up and separate.
Hazelnuts and peanuts are the biggest offenders in my house so we keep those out of the house altogether.
Originally I was going to post a recipe for SunButter blondies, but after a couple failed attempts, I decided to skip that for now and share our favorite nut-free trail mix recipe. I won’t give up making a great SunButter blondie recipe, but I’m giving that a break for a few days and I’ll come back to it and try again.
The trail mix version with your favorite gluten-free cereal (we used Chocolate Cheerios)
If I hadn’t procrastinated on this recipe I probably would have had it done in time. Once I had this recipe ready to go I discovered my camera battery was dead so my iPhone was the camera today.
Procrastination = the bane of the blogger’s existence. I do pretty well otherwise but this time I was behind. But no worries! We will have SunButter blondies soon 🙂
If you have nut allergies you know it’s tough finding pumpkin seeds that aren’t processed in a facility with nuts! And the same goes for dried cherries, or any dried fruit for that matter.
I used SuperSeedz brand pumpkin seeds that are packed in a nut-free facility. Craisins are a generally safe option if you can’t find the cherries. They even make cherry-flavored Craisins if you want.
If you’re going somewhere warm, you can cut out the chocolate chips so they don’t melt. Also, if you’re avoiding chocolate (like I am), you can sub in SunSpire vegan carob chips instead.
Nut Free Trail Mix (Gluten Free and Vegan)
- ¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ¼ cup allergy-friendly dark chocolate chips dairy-free
- ⅓ cup (generous) dried cherries
- ½ cup favorite allergy-friendly cereal or granola (optional, skip for grain-free trail mix)
- Combine all ingredients in a tupperware container and shake or stir to combine
- Store in a sealed container at room temp for up to a week
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist