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Nut Free Trail Mix (Gluten Free and Vegan)

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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!

nut free trail mix in a glass bowl

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!

close up photo of nut free trail mix in a cut glass bowl

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.

nut free trail mix in a glass bowl with cheerios

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 in a glass bowl with mini chocolate chips

Nut Free Trail Mix (Gluten Free and Vegan)

Missing nuts due to food allergies? You can still enjoy great snacks! Mix up some homemade nut free trail mix that’s gluten free too
Nut free, gluten free, vegan, grain free option; Free of: soy, dairy, eggs, corn, coconut
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grain free trail mix, homemade trail mix, nut free trail mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 1/4-cup servings
Calories: 100kcal


  • ¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup allergy-friendly dark chocolate chips dairy-free
  • 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
  • Enjoy!


If you plan on using this trail mix in hot weather (like at the beach, hiking, or on road trips), you can skip adding chocolate chips to reduce mess. Just add in more dried fruit


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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