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15 Jan

Sweet and Salty Primal Trail Mix

Sweet and salty. Few combinations of words can simultaneously strike both fear and pleasure. On one hand, a sweet/salty combination can result in amazing flavor, like a savory Apple Stuffed Chicken or Pork Loin with Mango Salsa. On the other hand, the food industry caught on long ago that sweet and salty was an addictive combination and proceeded to load snack foods with obscene amounts of salt and sugar.

The great thing about making your own snack food at home is that you control what goes into it. You can have a little sweet and a little salty together without any fear of sending your healthy diet into a nosedive. Sara Hatch adds a teaspoon of sea salt and 1/4 cup of raw honey to her Sweet and Salty Primal Trail Mix (Primal Blueprint Reader-Created Cookbook contest submission) to give it tons of flavor and a sticky, clumpy texture similar to granola. When you make this recipe in your own kitchen, tailor it to your own sweet/salty preference. Add a little more or less salt and cut back on the honey if you like, or, for that matter don’t add any – the dried fruit will add plenty of sweetness for some. However you make it, this trail mix is still a fresher, healthier option than most store-bought versions.

The combination of nuts and seeds brings plenty of healthy protein and fat to this snack mix. You can toss the nuts and seeds together raw, but Sara’s touch of baking them briefly in the oven give the nuts a rich, toasted flavor and slight crunch that’s hard to beat. This is a perfect non-perishable snack to take hiking or camping (it is, after all, trail mix) or, keep an airtight container of Sara’s trail mix in your car or at work for snacking during the day.

Sweet and Salty Primal Trail Mix


  • 1/2 cup each raw walnuts, almonds, and pecans
  • 1/2 cup each raw pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup or less raw honey
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Roughly chop nuts and mix with seeds, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread on a cookie sheet or rimmed baking pan lined with parchment paper, and sprinkle with half of the salt.

Toast in the oven for 2-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to be sure the nuts and seeds are merely toasted, not burned (keep a watchful eye).

Take pan out of the oven and let cool, then add the remaining salt and drizzle the honey over the top. Toast in oven for another 5 minutes, stirring often (I keep my oven cracked for this). Remove from oven, mix thoroughly with apricots and cranberries and let cool.  It will be clumpy and sticky like granola when done. You should end up with 12- 14 quarter-cup servings (approximately).

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  1. Would dehydrating be more healthy (keep more nutrients) or maybe 2 to 5 minutes at 350 does not do any damage anyway (too short time)?
    I believe that the max temp is 115 or so? I just do not want to be buying expensive, good quality raw nuts to have them “cooked”.
    What do you think?
    Thank you.

    Alina wrote on March 30th, 2012
  2. I did a rough calculation on Calories per ounce by adding up all the servings in each container of nuts and dried fruit I added, I made 4 pounds and with the oil, honey on top of that, 4 pounds is about 8500 calories. 16 ounces in a pound means about 64 ounces, which translates to.

    132 calories per ounce
    about 2 brimming Tablesoons per ounce

    This kind of helps my family and I moderate intake. I had about a day when I overate this stuff and woke up a pound heavier! Serious cohonas on this mix, but in moderation it is the best snack

    Waleed wrote on June 4th, 2012
  3. This looks amazing. I will have to make it (with some alterations, since I can’t get all the seeds, etc. here) soon! The trail mix I made currently it too sweet for my tastes…

    Charlayna wrote on September 16th, 2012
  4. I agree with several of the comments that this is more like a dessert than a snack! I also thought it turned out pretty wet, and would probably make it again and just not add the honey, and perhaps less coconut oil. I like all the ingredients though and especially the spices. Yum!

    Jackie wrote on November 11th, 2013
  5. After dropping an entire bowl of the nut/seed mixture onto the floor before putting it into the oven and having to start over; accomplished and YUM!

    Paparazzi wrote on June 20th, 2014
  6. What sort/format of vanilla is recommended?

    Corby Leninson wrote on July 20th, 2015
  7. Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post.
    Many thanks for providing this info.

    radiosite wrote on December 16th, 2015

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