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If there’s one quintessential camp food, it’s trail mix. The blend of salty, sweet, crunchy, and chewy is endlessly customizable when you make it yourself. The key is to get an appropriate balance of protein, carbs, and sugar while also putting together flavors you enjoy eating. A good rule of thumb is a 1:2:4 ratio—one part sweet treats, such as M&Ms, to two parts dried fruit, to four parts salty, crunchy pieces like roasted, salted nuts. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can easily jazz it up with other add-ins. This trail mix recipe is the perfect way to grab some energy and satisfy your flavor cravings while on the trail!

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Makes 2 cups

  • 1 cup pecan halves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil, such as grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 cup roasted, salted pepitas
  • ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
  • ¼ cup toasted coconut chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, toss pecans with oil and spices. Spread onto a baking sheet and roast until fragrant, 5 to 8 minutes, stirring halfway through. Set aside to cool.
  3. In an airtight container, combine roasted pecans with pepitas, dried apricots, and coconut chips.
  • Recipe by Lia Grabowski

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