Protein Trail Mix


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The perfect high protein trail mix for salty snack lovers. Made in just a few minutes, this homemade trail mix is bound to become something you won’t leave the house without. 

protein trail mix.

Made with pepperoni sticks, beef jerky, almonds, and peanut butter pretzels, this trail mix is a collection of snacks that are packed with protein and healthy fats. This trail mix will keep you high-energy in between your meals and in any life situation. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Easy to make. This is a snack that requires minimal preparation. It offers a mix of ingredients you would never think of. 
  • Customizable. You can customize trail mix components and make them for your food preferences. 
  • Helps control your weight. As this trail mix is packed with protein, it keeps you full longer and helps you avoid eating unnecessary foods. 
  • Affordable. Making trail mix yourself is always more affordable than getting it in stores. And if it’s so easy to make, why buy it? 

Ingredients needed

Here’s what I like to have in my protein lover’s trail mix. 

  • Almonds. I like to use slightly salted almonds. You can use unsalted almonds if you are trying to keep your sodium intake at bay. 
  • Pepperoni sticks. Go for the organic sugar and nitrite-free ones. 
  • Beef jerky. Just like pepperoni sticks, beef jerky is a good source of protein. Get sugar-free and nitrite-free beef jerky. 
  • Peanut butter pretzels. Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. Peanut butter pretzels are the most convenient way to add this nut butter to your trail mix. 
  • Crackers. Or another dry snack of your choice. 

How to make a protein trail mix

Making this protein-packed trail mix will take just a few minutes of your time. All you need to do is to chop the pepperoni sticks and beef jerky into bite-size pieces. 

Mix the pepperoni sticks and beef jerky with butter fillet pretzels, crackers, and lightly salted almonds. 

Mix all ingredients and put your protein trail mix in a jar or a sealable bag. 

high protein trail mix.


  • Use your favorite nuts. All nuts are a good source of healthy fats. If you don’t have almonds or simply don’t like them, use walnuts, pecans, pistachios, peanuts, or cashews. 
  • Add dried fruits. If you are the type of person that likes to have fruits as a snack, it would be a good idea to add some dried fruits to the trail mix. You can use dried cranberries, apricots, raisins, etc. 
  • Add seeds. Seeds are another great addition to trail mix. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds will fit perfectly into this protein-packed mix. 
  • Mix in some popcorn. Salty popcorn would make a good addition to this salty trail mix. Air-popped popcorn is a low-calorie and high-fiber snack that adds a lot of crunch to any trail mix. 

Storage instructions

Store trail mix at room temperature in an airtight container, jar, or zip-top bag. All ingredients in this trail mix will maintain their freshness for at least a week. 

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Frequently asked questions

Is protein trail mix healthy?

Protein trail mix is one of the healthiest snacks you can have. It is a good source of protein and healthy fats that provide you with energy and keep you full until it’s time for your next meal.

What’s the healthiest trail mix?

A trail mix is healthy so long as its components are healthy. For the healthiest trail mix, choose ingredients that are high in protein and healthy fats. 

protein trail mix recipe.

Protein Trail Mix

5 from 9 votes
The perfect high protein trail mix for salty snack lovers. Made in just a few minutes, this homemade trail mix is bound to become something you won’t leave the house without.
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 2 minutes


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 pepperoni sticks
  • 1 package beef jerky
  • 1 cup peanut butter pretzels
  • 1 cup crackers optional


  • Chop the pepperoni sticks and beef jerky into bite size pieces.
  • Mix all the ingredients and put in a ziplock bag or jar to enjoy.


TO STORE: Store trail mix at room temperature in an airtight container, jar, or zip-top bag. All ingredients in this trail mix will maintain their freshness for at least a week. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 10gFat: 15gSodium: 347mgPotassium: 270mgFiber: 3gVitamin A: 0.4IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 15g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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    1. Hi Caitlin! I would base it around the expiration date of the jerky- I usually make smaller portions which can last up to 10 days. Anything moe, and the nuts start losing the freshness.

  1. I need to try these peanut butter filled pretzels.

    Good luck traveling today, on the subway that is.

  2. Okay, my momma would always yell at and shun me because I would always rip up my jerky and put it in a sammich. It’s just like lunch meat, but harder, right?!

  3. This is such a unique, creative idea – its crazy rare to see a savory trail mix. Or at least I think so. Yum 🙂

  4. HI, ARMAN!!! Yoga teacher training was my full-time gig this week, which meant no time to read blogs. Get ready for lots of notifications…! Hehe. I got off of the trail mix train, but adding in some pepperoni sticks and PB pretzels has me wanting to get back on that train!! Great recipe.

  5. Don’t pack chocolate on a subway, and don’t pack bananas in a suitcase. I learned that one the hard way.,.. I think I -still- have clothes that smell faintly of bananas.

    1. oh man, in school, mum did that in our school bags without telling us. Picture banana scented textbooks!

  6. Like when my energy balls morphed into an energy bar/lump. The subway is kind of a nightmare in every sense. Questionable people, giant rats, oven-like temperatures, funky smell, and that horrid screeching sound of the wheels on the tracks. But it’s ALL a part of the NYC experience, right?
    I ♥ jerky. Some dried blueberries in this would be awesome for sweet + savory too!

  7. This is brilliant! My hubby would love it! Pinning it so I will remember it for our next road trip or camping adventure.

    If you could find way to get a sandwich in the flask, you’d be my… wait for it… HERO… haha!

    I emailed you a few ideas on recipes using the awesome Stanley gear 😉

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