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15 Nov

Bacon Trail Mix

Bacon Trail Mix 1 Trail mix is usually a blend of sweet and salty ingredients, but it doesn’t have to be. This trail mix is savory all the way, combining roasted nuts and seeds with crispy bits of bacon and the delicious lard it renders.

Here, cashews, almonds and pumpkin seeds are flavored with coconut aminos, smoked paprika and a pinch of cayenne – but you can use your own favorite nut/seed combination. It’s also easy to imagine adding some finely chopped, fresh rosemary or other spices to the mix.

This addictive snack is almost too dangerous to make when you’re home alone. Instead, share it with friends. Make a double batch of bacon trail mix, set it out at a party and watch it fly.

Servings: 4

Time in the Kitchen: 1 hour


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 egg white*
  • 1 tablespoon water* (15 ml)
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews (150 g)
  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds (150 g)
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas (75 g)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (30 ml)
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (4 ml)
  • 1/8 teaspoon (or more) cayenne (a pinch)


*The egg white whisked with water is optional, but helps spices adhere better.

Line a large baking sheet with foil. Lay the strips of bacon out, spaced so they’re not touching. Put the pan in the oven and turn the temperature up to 400 ºF/205 ºC (no need to preheat).

Cook bacon 20 to 25 minutes until crispy. Use tongs to move the bacon onto a plate to cool. Pour the bacon grease out of the pan and set aside.

Cook bacon

Turn the oven temperature down to 300 ºF/150 ºC.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg white and water until frothy. Add in the nuts and seeds, and mix well to coat. Drain the nuts and seeds in a colander for a few minutes, stirring and pressing with a rubber spatula a few times, so excess egg white drips off.

Step 1

Return the nuts and seeds to the large bowl and add the coconut aminos, paprika and cayenne. Mix well. Pour in the bacon grease and mix well again.

Step 2

Spread the nuts out on the same baking sheet the bacon was cooked on.

Step 3

Roast 30 minutes, mixing once.

Remove from the oven and immediately scrape onto a large plate or pan to cool (or it will stick to the aluminum foil). Chop the bacon up into small pieces and combine with the cooled nuts and seeds. Let the nuts cool completely before storing in an airtight container. If not eating within 24 hours, store the bacon trail mix in the refrigerator.

Bacon Trail Mix 2

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  1. Love the recipes on this site and am anxious to give this trail mix a go. Any chance of tweaking the recipes to include nutritional information? Many thanks, Ray

    Ray wrote on November 15th, 2014
    • Sounds yummy. For non meat eaters toasted haloumi cheese could be used instead of bacon.

      Thanks MDA for all the wonderful information and support.

      Cathi wrote on November 15th, 2014
  2. Wow, we are snowed in today, and I happen to have all the ingredients on hand. Going to use my homemade chile powder instead of the paprika. Thanks!

    Nika wrote on November 15th, 2014
  3. …. yuuuummmm….

    Sarah wrote on November 15th, 2014
  4. I’ve been mixing trail mix with bacon-flavored coconut shavings (it’s vegan bacon–I was vegan for a decade) for years. It’s pretty goshdarn amazing, especially with some chopped dates thrown in too.

    Ben wrote on November 15th, 2014
  5. Omg….yum!

    Susie wrote on November 15th, 2014
  6. This would make a great high calorie snack when in need of long lasting energy.

    Ben wrote on November 15th, 2014
  7. Sounds good, but being lazy about this kind of stuff I’d just throw some nuts and chopped up cooked bacon into a bag and call it a day.

    samc wrote on November 15th, 2014
  8. Sounds awesome! but be careful in bear country. Bears can smell bacon for miles and the slightest whiff makes them hungry.

    Jack Lea Mason wrote on November 16th, 2014
  9. As delicious as this may be, followers of the Paleo/Primal lifestyle really need to be careful the PUFA content and oxidised fats in toasted nut/bacon fat things like this.

    Snoopkit wrote on November 16th, 2014
  10. I just made this recipe….turned out great!

    Leanne wrote on November 16th, 2014
  11. This looks super good! You just inspired me to create a sweet and salty, dark chocolate and bacon trail mix. I think it will be a hit with the hikers at the farmers market this summer. Everybody.loves.bacon.

    chantelle wrote on November 23rd, 2014
  12. I make something pretty much the same. only difference is i choose to use panchetta. bacons classier much tastier italian cousin.

    kmackayak wrote on November 25th, 2014
  13. Mid morning snack? Is fat and protein the focus in the morning, with starch taking over in the evening? I’ve gleaned this much as a casual observer of this site. Sleep is of upmost importance, and this method seems to secure this goal.

    Mumbles wrote on December 13th, 2014

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