Make this homemade Sugar-Free & Keto Trail Mix for a healthy and satisfying snack. This yummy combination is low carb, gluten-free, vegan, and so good.

a jar of trail mix

Snack cravings can ruin even the best of intentions. Once the cravings hit, it’s too easy to grab a sugar-laden snack.

This is where sweet and salty sugar-free trail mix saves the day. You get all of the delicious crunch without any of the guilt. It’s full of salty nuts, naturally sweet coconut, and nutrient-packed cacao nibs or sugar-free chocolate chips.

Homemade low-carb keto trail mix is a breeze to make. It’s as simple as tossing all the ingredients together in a bowl. You can store it in a jar or bag it into individual size portions. Next time you need an on-the-go keto snack for your low carb diet, you’re all set.

For this nutrient-packed trail mix, I’ve used cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, and cacao nibs. It’s a delicious combo but it’s also customizable! Throw in some keto chocolate chips for extra sweetness or sub out any of the nuts and seeds.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • It’s ready in less than 20 minutes.
  • Store-bought trail mix has a sneaky amount of sugar because the dried fruit is often sweetened.
  • It’s a high-protein and satisfying snack. Healthy fats also make this very satiating.
  • Customize it however you like – swap out any nuts or seeds you don’t like.

Key Ingredients

Cashews – Cashews are rich in nutrients and unsaturated fats. I love their flavor and crunch. You can use almonds, pecans, pistachios, macadamia nuts, or a combination of your favorites.

Pumpkin seeds – Look for hulled and dried pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas. Seeds are packed with heart-healthy fats and vitamins! They also add more texture to this low carb trail mix.

Sunflower seeds – Try to find unsalted sunflower seeds for this recipe. If you can only find salted, just omit the salt so it’s not too salty.

Sea salt – Sea salt for that salty flavor any good snack has.

Shredded coconut – Be sure to purchase unsweetened shredded coconut. It has a slight and natural sweetness. The sweetened kind packs in 34 grams of sugar per cup!

Cacao nibs – I’m obsessed with the fruity but bitter flavor of cacao nibs. Try them before you add them in. If you don’t like them, you can leave them out. You can also use sugar-free chocolate chips or 100% cacao unsweetened chips in this recipe.

ingredients in sugar-free trail mix

Recipe Steps

Step One

To toast your coconut, place it in a dry skillet over low heat. Let it toast for 4-5 minutes, tossing it occasionally. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn! The coconut will turn golden brown on the edges when it’s toasted.

In a medium bowl, combine the cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sea salt, coconut, and cacao nibs.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

bowl with ingredients for trail mix

Step Two

Stir to combine.

a bowl of trail mix

Step Three

Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.

a jar of trail mix

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You can easily double this recipe if you want more servings.
  • If your nuts or seeds are salted, then leave out the additional salt in this recipe.
  • To toast your coconut, place it in a dry skillet over low heat. Let it toast for 4-5 minutes, tossing it occasionally. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn! The coconut will turn golden brown on the edges when it’s toasted.
  • If you don’t have cacao nibs or don’t like them, just leave them out.
  • If you want more sweetness, you can add sugar-free chocolate chips or sugar-free white chocolate chips too!

FAQs

Is trail mix keto-friendly?

Store-bought trail mix includes sugary ingredients like dried fruit, chocolate chips, and M&M’s which aren’t keto-friendly. This recipe is made with whole foods with no added sugar which makes it low-carb and keto friendly. If you want to buy a store-bought version, always check the ingredients and labels to find out if it’s sugar-free and keto.

When can you eat trail mix?

Despite its name, you don’t just have to eat trail mix while hiking. It’s great for road trips, school lunchboxes (assuming your child’s school isn’t nut-free), sports games, or whenever sugar cravings hit. Everyone loves this keto trail mix recipe.

jar of keto trail mix

Other Sugar-Free Snack Recipes You Might Like

You can also check out my entire index of clean eating snack recipes or my round-ups of the best gluten-free packaged travel snacks and the best homemade healthy snacks.

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Keto Trail Mix


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Description

ke this homemade Sugar-Free & Keto Trail Mix for a healthy and satisfying snack. This yummy combination is low carb, gluten-free, vegan, and so good.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup raw and unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup hulled and unsalted pumpkin seeds (raw or roasted)
  • 1/2 cup hulled and unsalted sunflower seeds (raw or roasted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened and toasted shredded coconut (see notes for toasting)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sea salt, coconut, and cacao nibs.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Serve immediately or transfer to a jar with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Notes

  1. You can easily double this recipe if you want more servings.
  2. If your nuts or seeds are salted, then leave out the additional salt in this recipe.
  3. To toast your coconut, place it in a dry skillet over low heat. Let it toast for 4-5 minutes, tossing it occasionally. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn! The coconut will turn golden brown on the edges when it’s toasted.
  4. If you don’t have cacao nibs or don’t like them, just leave them out.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: diabetic trail mix, no carb trail mix, keto snack

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