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. 

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Protein Trail Mix

5 from 10 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 😉

  8. So normally I turn my nose up at any trail mix that doesn’t have chocolate in it, but I have to say…well done with this one, good sir. I’ll have to remember it for my next epic cross-country car trip. Although maaaaaybe I could throw some M&Ms in there because, you know….chocolate.

    1. YOU. I had you in mind with this. We’d make epic road trip buddies- You buy the jerky and snacks and I eat them 🙂

  9. I always carry snacks just because. The thing about NYC is, the subway in the summer might have AC but waiting for it is hotter than outside! So generally if it is going to be less than 4 stops (or less than, say, 3 miles or a 45 min walk) I just hoof it. You’ll get to know which train lines break down the most, which ones have the AC malfunction, and when it’s a better call to walk eventually… 🙂 Enjoy the camping trip meanwhile!

    1. YES!!! I went through 2 drinks just waiting and then…needed to use the rest room while on the train haha! 🙁

  10. This looks amazing! Adding some jerky would go great with some chili maple almonds! 😛 can you make a chocolate lover’s trail mix?

  11. Great idea! Always make my own trail mix but I’ve never added jerky to them – gotta try it

  12. Yum! I normally need chocolate in my trail mix, but this a great option for summer commuting.

    I’ve got an adventure in D.C. coming up this weekend, but other than that I had all my big adventures in May when I was on vacation.

  13. Peanut butter pretzels are life. I’m trying to reintroduce wheat into my diet and the sad thing is that I’d rather eat 100 peanut butter pretzels before my first slice of bread =l I also weirdly have a bunch of samples of jerky sticks (Fancy Food Show) and dried jerky for instagram. it’s almost like you KNEW i needed a way to combine all of these. and it’s almost like i want wallet molded quest bars all over me right now. preferably the ones without 2 cups of vitafiber.

    1. hahahahaha thanks for a new tune for my ipod! Confession- This trail mix needs water with it too lol.

  14. I love everything about this post – especially the fact that you, too, are a wizard. Ok, maybe i’m just a darned muggle, but a girl can have dreams!
    I also had an adventure that involved melting one of my treats – just imagine a bag full of what was supposed to be greek yogurt-covered raisins…. yup, i was super unhappy!
    Way to reinvent the trailmix-wheel!

    1. omg. If you are a Harry Potter fan, I will actually move to SLC.

      Excuse me as I find my floo powder.

  15. I don’t have any subways to go on adventures on but I do LOVE me some protein..and those pretzels and almonds are my JAM! So this, I need it. Pinned!

  16. Love the salty twist, I’m a salty person! And whether it’s subway problems or other traffic that is my biggest pet peeve of the city in general. Sucks when you can literally see your destination yet can’t physically get there for hours! Only NY!