Cooking and Baking, Food Allergies

Peanut-Free Trail Mix

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There’s something so satisfying about a snack that is sweet and salty.

Pre-made trail mix has been a big NO since L was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. Even if I can find one that doesn’t contain peanuts, it’s usually got a “may contain” warning listed.

Trail Mix that is peanut allergy friendly! | Peanut-Free Trail Mix via
Trail Mix that is peanut allergy friendly! | Peanut-Free Trail Mix via
Trail Mix that is peanut allergy friendly! | Peanut-Free Trail Mix via

Even trying to find a bag of tree nuts to make our own mix has been difficult. So many nut companies also process peanuts, making the chance of cross-contamination quite high.

This past Christmas, I got lucky in a search for cashews. One of our local grocery stores stocks Sunshine Nut Co. cashews which are made in a peanut-free facility. I’ve been stocking up on them and finding ways to use them ever since. I’ve made chocolate clusters, cashew chicken, and trail mix – which I’m sharing with you today.

I used Sunshine Nut Co’s slightly salted cashews for this recipe, though they have several flavors. I feel like these are more than lightly salted, so when they’re mixed with the other ingredients there’s a good balance of salty and sweet.

The first time I made this, I used Sixlets for the chocolate. Since then, I learned that Hershey’s sells a candy called Hershey-ettes. They are just like M&Ms, but made in a nut free facility! They are sold seasonally at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. This mix was made with their Valentine’s edition which is red chocolate pieces.

Peanut-Free Trail Mix

Peanut-Free Trail Mix


1 bag of Sunshine Nut Co.’s cashews

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 tube of Hershey-ettes


Mix everything together in a bowl and enjoy!


Remember, just because you can’t see peanuts doesn’t mean a food is safe for someone who is allergic to them. Even the tiniest bit of allergen can cause a reaction. This is why we not only avoid products with peanuts listed in the ingredients but also avoid products that list peanuts in their allergy warnings. Below is a list of brands we’ve turned to that would go well in a peanut-free trail mix of your own:

Nuts: Sunshine Nut Co. Cashews, Blue Diamond Almonds

Chocolate: Hershey-Ettes (found seasonally), Sixlets, Enjoy Life chocolate chips or chunks

Dried Fruit: Ocean Spray Original Craisins, Sun-Maid Natural Raisins

What do you like to include in your trail mixes?

6 thoughts on “Peanut-Free Trail Mix

  1. I adore trail mix, and I always forget how easy it is to make trail mix at home rather than buying a pre-made bag. Great idea! This recipe looks amazing. Thank you!

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