The ultimate low carb and sugar free trail mix chock full of chocolate morsels, crunchy candied nuts, and candy chunks, but completely healthy! Perfect for snacking, holidays, gifts, and more, this delicious snack mix is paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, grain free and sugar free!
Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by
Regina George Trail Mix.
During my time at college, I slowly accumulated half eaten bags of trail mix. So much so, I filled three Costco sized canisters with the remnants. The reason for this was because EVERY single trail mix on the market (even these ones which have peanut butter cups in them and these ones which ARE tempting) always had two or three items in it which were bland, boring and simply fillers. The thing was, they weren’t just fillers- They easily made up over 75% of the packaging!
Ever time I’d buy a package of trail mix, it would be the same method-
STEP 1- Eat all the M & M candies.
STEP 2- Eat all the candied nuts.
STEP 3- Eat all the random chocolate chips or buttons.
STEP 4- Eat all the expensive and rare nuts (cashews, pecans, and the elusive Brazil nuts)
STEP 5- Scoff at the raisins, dried fruit, peanuts and then tell myself I’d eat them later.
STEP 6- Toss everything into the Costco sized canisters and fend it off to others.
I had to discuss this with Alexis.
“Why don’t retailers just make trail mixes with all the good stuff in there? Seriously, it’s either full of raisins, peanuts or a combination of both.”
“It’s probably because they balance out the better mix-ins, which are typically candy or chock full of sugar.”
If I developed and made trail mixes, I would make it UNLIKE any of the other out there- I firstly make it peanut free, raisin free, and just for good measure, dried fruit free. In fact, I would make the whole thing taking a sweet theme because the sweet parts are always the best bits.
Wait…Why DON’T I make this myself?
This healthy low carb and sugar free candy inspired trail mix is the ULTIMATE trail mix- It has all the best parts of any traditional trail mix out there, but with a healthy twist. They are taste, texture and sweet and salty lovers dream- Sweet morsels of chocolate (dark, milk and white chocolate) mixed with crunchy and flavorful nuts candied to perfection. Before you assume this to be some sugar bomb, think again- It’s made with no sugar, no sticky sweeteners and even has an option for homemade low carb and paleo friendly white chocolate! Bonus? When assembled together, this trail mix is completely paleo, vegan, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free and grain free!
To make this low carb and sugar free Candy trail mix, you’ll need to assemble it in bits and pieces. We’ll go through the process below, and I’ll share some easy hacks and my recommendations for packaged pieces to it!
The ‘candy part’-
What is better than one kind of chocolate? Covering ALL your bases, sizes, types, and forms. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, chunks, chocolate chips, chocolate buttons and chocolate pieces. However, most/all of them are sugar free, dairy free, low and/or lower carb and even a homemade paleo version too!
Dark chocolate chunks or chips- My favorite dark chocolate chips are naturally gluten free, dairy free and paleo friendly. They are also available in delicious chunk form (my personal favorite). However, these aren’t sugar free. I’ve tried a couple of lower carb/sugar free chocolate chips and this one is my favorite– It tastes similar to a standard chocolate chip, and fits the bill- Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy free and sugar free!
Standard chocolate chunks or chips- This portion is optional, but this brand of Sugar Free Chocolate chips would be suitable for this, but as they aren’t dairy free or vegan, you’re best to just increase the amount of the dark kind.
White chocolate chips (dairy free and vegan only)– I’ve tried baking with these before and was quite disappointed. However, they work perfectly in trail mixes like this, as they taste delicious eaten on its own.
Homemade white chocolate chunks- This is my go-to white chocolate chunk recipe- I’ve used it in these no bake cookies, these protein bars, and even in these chewy snacks too. Like the chocolate chips, they don’t bake well at all, which is fine for this!
TIP! As the candied nuts are already sweet enough, feel free to combat this with chopping up this dark chocolate baking bar. It’s based off 100% cocoa, so on its own, it’s extremely bitter. However, if you love all things dark and robust, definitely consider it!
The ‘candied nuts’ part-
If you’ve been around here within the past couple of weeks, you’ll have seen some delicious sugar free candied nuts here. We’ll be using two of them in today’s trail mix and BOTH of them are peanut free, so you have no excuses. Bonus? You don’t even need an oven to make either of them!
Sugar Free Candied Pecans- I don’t play favorites, but pecans are my favorite. They are buttery and flavorful and get even better when caramelized.
Sugar Free Candied Almonds- Second ONLY to the pecans, these almonds are just as good, and are a cheaper option than the pecans if you only want to include one nut in the mix.
TIP! Want a combination of ALL nuts? Go back to the OG of candied nuts recipes and whip these up– You can even go gaga and make them all Brazil nuts too, HOLLA!
HACK! While all things sweet are absolutely delicious, there is ONE little thing we can do to make this healthy low carb and sugar free candy trail mix even better- Add a sprinkle of sea salt. By doing this, it will not only bring out the sweetness of the candied nuts, it also gives the candy pieces a delicious sweet and salty texture which, as we all know, beats out any others out there.
Make this healthy lower carb and sugar free CANDY Trail Mix and never leave a morsel behind.
Trail mix game changer.
- 1/2 cup sugar free candied pecans
- 1/2 cup sugar free candied almonds
- 1/2 cup mixed chocolate chips ('milk', dark, 'white')
- 1/2 cup chocolate chunks/morsels
- 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
- Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until fully incorporated.
- Pour into individual baggies or jars and seal to avoid added moisture.
- Feel free to substitute other nuts, but follow the directions above to make them correctly.
- To keep things less sweet, feel free to add an extra full cup of unsalted or salted nuts.
- Candy trail mix can be kept for up to 4 weeks in a sealed container. It's also freezer friendly.
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