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Elevate Your Outdoor Adventures: DIY Trail Mix and Granola Ideas

Whether you're an avid hiker, marathon cyclist, or simply enjoy spending time in nature, the right snacks can make all the difference. At Famous Foods, the original health foods store and grocery store in Vancouver, we believe in fueling your body with wholesome, natural ingredients, and what better way to do that than by making your own granola and trail mix?

DIY Homemade Granola

Granola is a healthy and versatile snack that can be tailored to your tastes. By making it at home, you have complete control over the ingredients, ensuring you're getting only the highest quality, natural, and organic foods. You can find ingredients at your local grocery store in Vancouver. Here's a basic granola recipe:


  •  3 cups rolled oats

  • 1 cup mixed nuts and seeds

  • 1/2 cup dried fruit

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp salt


1. Preheat your oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.

4. Pour wet ingredients over dry and toss to coat evenly.

5. Spread granola onto a prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway.

6. Once it has cooled completely, transfer the granola to an airtight container for storage.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with different grain bases, varieties of nuts, dried fruits, spices, and sweeteners for a unique blend that's all your own.

Trail Mix for Portable Energy

Trail mix is a go-to snack for hikes because it's easy to customize with items from the health foods store. Start with your favorite nuts like almonds, cashews, or pecans. Then add some seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, or chia for an extra crunch and nutrition boost. Trail mix can be sweet or savory. For variety, you can add things like:

Sweet Mixes:

  • Dried fruits like cranberries, apricots, or raisins

  • Chocolate chips or cacao nibs for sweetness

Savory Mixes:

  • Pretzels or crackers for a salty crunch

  • Sesame sticks or wasabi peas

  • Roasted chickpeas or edamame for a protein boost

For a spicy kick, combine ¼ teaspoons of smoked paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, chili flakes, cumin, and black pepper. To season, add 1-2 teaspoons to 2-3 cups of trail mix.

Get Inspired at Famous Foods

At Famous Foods, you’ll find a vast array of high-quality, natural, and organic ingredients to help you create your own granola and trail mix masterpieces. Stop by and gather inspiration for your next outdoor adventure. Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to provide recommendations and share recipes to help you fuel your active lifestyle.

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