One of the best aspects of living in Sacramento is the proximity to great trails for hiking. Whether it’s a quick trip to the Auburn State Recreation Area or a day long trek in the Desolation Wilderness, I love being out on a trail, with no cell service and lots of fresh air and sunshine.
Being relatively food obsessed, I always pack a lunch and plenty of snacks. Which is why I’m so excited to share this chunky monkey trail mix with you!
I love trail mixes that have sweet and savory components. All that sweating calls for a replenishing of salts! And the sweet parts remind my body that nourishment is coming.
This trail mix has some of my favorite ingredients, and is inspired by Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream. I mean, think about it. Ice cream inspiration that won’t melt (too much!) while you’re on the trail.
The base of the trail mix is crispy and crunchy roasted chickpeas. While you can purchase these, it’s easy to make your own and doesn’t take much time at all. These roasted chickpeas add some satisfying texture and protein to the trail mix, which also includes:
- Banana chips
- Coconut flakes
- Chocolate chips
I like the big flakes of coconut so they don’t get lost in the mix. Peanut butter chips would also be pretty good in this combination but I prefer to use bittersweet baking chocolate chips in mine. You can use your preferred chocolate through. Trail mix is one of those snacks that are so versatile. Pre-mix it like this one for a fun blend that’s ready to eat. Or set out ingredients so everyone can make their own. Use reusable tupperware or snack sacks for easy portability when you’re on the go or on the trail. If you’re looking for a savory mix, check out this spiced chickpea snack mix.
Chunky Monkey Trail Mix
A sweet and savory trail mix with roasted chickpeas, banana chips and walnuts inspired by chunky monkey ice cream.
- 1 cup crispy roasted chickpeas
- 1 cup banana chips
- 1/2 cup carob or chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 cup pretzels
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
Serve or store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
This recipe for chunky monkey trail mix has a good balance of sweet, savory, and crunchy. You can definitely add other components or change the ratios to customize your trail mix.
Looking to keep it nut free? Swap in sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds if you like. Or simply omit the walnuts. Other nuts like peanuts, almonds, or pecans can also be used in addition to or instead of walnuts.
Use carob chips or chocolate chips that are vegan friendly and dairy free.
Omit the pretzels or swap in your favorite gluten free pretzels or crackers.