Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix

The last few weeks have been hectic as I rush around trying to pack up my life for five weeks on the road. I love to travel, but there is an insane amount of work that needs to be done before I leave if I want to enjoy some down time and disconnect from my digital life. I haven't taken a real vacation since Christmas, so I could really use a few days to recharge my creative batteries.

To keep everything somewhat organized I've made lists. I've even made lists of my lists and for the next three weeks I'll be slowly ticking off items so I can enjoy my vacation without any worries. First up I decided to tackle a problem that has been nagging me... what I'm going to eat while I'm traveling. 

It used to be I would stop for road trip treats at the gas station and call it a day, but now that my son has joined me on my travels I've been packing a cooler with healthy snacks. Neither of us really needs that family-sized bag of twizzlers, no matter how good they taste.

I didn't want to spend a lot of time cooking, so I decided trail mix was the way to go. I picked up jumbo bags of walnuts, peanuts, and cranberries, as well as a small package of m&ms, then made enough to last a few weeks. That's one item I can successfully check off my list.

In a fit of genius I mixed up a second batch to leave with my husband (we're leaving him at home this time.) I know that if I don't leave him something healthy while I'm gone he'll revert to his college days and chow down on chicken circles and frozen burritos the second I walk out the door. At least this way I know he's eating something nutritious, in addition to every bit of junk food I don't allow in the house, but I'm not going to think about that (much) it is his vacation too.

Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix

Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix
makes 12 servings


2 cups English Walnuts, unsalted
2 cups peanuts, lightly salted
1 cup sweetened cranberries, dried
1 cup m&ms or other chocolate candy


  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Mix until evenly distributed, then portion out into half cup servings.


If you're having trouble finding unsalted nuts try looking in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips.