My Perfect Trail Mix
It is easier to just buy pre-salted ingredients but I like to salt it myself (except for the cashews because unsalted is too expensive) so everything has a unified taste AND so I know what actually goes into my trail mix.
Recipe type: Snack
  • 16 oz. Unsalted Peanuts
  • 16 oz. Salted Cashews
  • 1 lb. unsalted sunflower kernels (whole foods)
  • ¼ lb. unsalted pumpkin seeds (whole foods)
  • 15 oz. Sun-maid raisins
  • 12 oz. bag craisins (pref. ocean spray)
  • M&Ms "medium" size bag -or- 19.2 oz.
  • regular salt
  1. First preheat the oven to 325. You're gonna need two large trays (or cookie sheets that have rims). Boil water in the microwave and add about 2½ tablespoons of salt to the water and stir until pretty much everything has dissolved.
  2. Put the sunflower kernels and pumpkin seeds on one tray and the peanuts on another. Pour just enough of the salt water mixture to get the seeds and nuts wet and toss them around with your hands.
  3. Place the 2 trays into the oven and watch them carefully for about 20 minutes. Occasionally open the oven and mix around the nuts and seeds so that they don't stick and to make sure that all of the seeds etc. get toasted.
  4. Let everything cool for about 10 minutes and then combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl. If you eat it right after its all combined the m&ms are a little warm which is my favorite part! (but make sure everything isn't too hot that the m&ms melt completely)
Recipe by A Sue Chef at