How to Make Breakfast Trail Mix

Breakfast trail mix is easy to prepare and it’s one of the many staples in my kitchen. I make it once a month. It’s packed with crunch, flavor, fiber and healthy fats. What’s not to love!?

Mixed nuts in a stainless steel bowl.


I love that I have the freedom to create a nut mix with nuts and spices I truly enjoy eating.


  • Walnuts – I’m huge on walnuts, always have been. My favorite!
  • Almonds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Pistachios (unsalted)
  • Brazilian Nuts
  • Cashews
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Unsweetened Dried Cranberries
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Ginger
  • Flaxseeds (whole, ground them yourself for the best results)
Bowls with whole nuts.

To increase the fiber I also add flaxseeds (via Mayo Clinic) and to spice it up a little I like to toss the nuts and seeds with ground cinnamon and ginger. Yes, ginger too. If you are not a fan, you can skip it, but I absolutely love it.

Bowls with ground flaxseed, ginger and cinnamon.


I highly recommend you get whole golden flaxseed and ground them up in a coffee maker right before making the trail mix.

Coffee grinder with ground flaxseeds and palm of a human hand with whole flaxseeds.


Depends on your preference you can keep the nuts whole or you can roughly chop them.

Walnuts on a black cutting board.


It take couple of minute to make your own nut mix. Combine all the nuts, seeds and spices in a large bowl.

Almonds, walnuts, cranberries, sunflower, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, brazilian nuts on a cutting board.

This is what the mix looks like combined with cinnamon, ginger and ground flaxseeds.

A close-up of mixed nuts.
Nut mix seasoned with cinnamon, ginger ang ground flaxseeds.


This mix lasts me about a month, and I’m the only one eating it. I store in the pantry in a glass jar. If you want to keep it for longer I suggest storing it in the fridge.

A tall glass jar filled with nut mix.

I mainly eat the nut mix stirred into a yogurt, yogurt and fruit or plain. If I have time I also like to let it sit for a couple of hours, but it’s not necessary.

A light blue bowl with yogurt and nuts.
Yogurt topped with walnuts and pumpkin seeds in a light blue bowl.

I take it with me on holidays, too. In the picture below I enjoyed it mixed in with a yogurt and frozen raspberries. In the heat of the summer, we carry food in an insulate backpack with a frozen water bottle. And once the water defrost you can drink it to stay hydrated.

Hand holding a container with yogurt and nut mix on the beach.
I enjoyed yogurt with nut mix on the beaches of Portugal.


Breakfast Nut/Trail Mix

I use this nut mix in my yogurt, but you can sprinkle it on a salad or enjoy it as a snack.
1 serving = 1/3 cup (approximately 60grams)
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy nut mix, homemade nut mix, nut mix
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Author Hani


  • 3 cups walnuts (300 grams)
  • 1 ½ cups cashews (205 grams)
  • 1 ¼ cup almonds (187 grams)
  • 1 cup pistachios (130 grams) shelled unsalted
  • ½ cup Brazilian Nuts (70 grams)
  • 2/3 cup sunflower seeds (93 grams)
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (135 grams)
  • 1 cup dry unsweetened dried cranberries (140 grams)
  • 1 cup flaxseeds whole (150 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger


  • Ground whole flaxseed (150 grams) in a coffee grinder.
  • Roughly chop Brazilian nuts; if preferred, do the same with walnuts and almonds (optional).
    Into a large bowl add all the nuts and spices. Stir well.
  • Store in a glass jar. Use 1/3 cup per ¾ cup of yogurt, kefir or use as a topping on your favorite salad.

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