Dried Cheese Savory Trail Mix

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This Dried Cheese Savory Trail Mix is a must have whether you’re hosting a party or wanting a snack to crunch on. A high protein trail mix like this one is guaranteed to keep you full and satisfied all afternoon. It’s not just for hiking, it’s for any day of the week!

Trail mix is one of the best snacks because it’s easily customizable to suit your preferences. Whether you prefer it on the sweet side or need it to be nut free, it’s simple and easy to change. In this post I’ll share my method for full proof trail mix every single time.

two pink bowls with dried cheese trail mix over.a wooden cutting board with a white cloth behind it

Ingredients for Dried Cheese Trail Mix

A snack like this is great because it only has three ingredients. Trail mix can be more complicated and involve cooking but this one is a meant to be fast and ready to eat in minutes.

  • Life Cereal: I chose Life cereal because it has 3g of fiber and 4g of protein per serving. It also has two teaspoons of added sugar which is the perfect amount of sweetness. There are lots of cereal options but to keep you fuller longer, try to find one like this with some fiber and protein in it.
  • Honey roasted peanuts: Plain peanuts are just plain boring to me so adding another layer of flavor to this mix with honey roasted peanuts is the way to go. They’ll add that soft crunch and bit of salty, sweetness to balance it all out.
  • Dried cheese: I like to use Moon Cheese or these cheese crisps from Aldi. If using the cheese crisps, break them into smaller pieces ahead of time for a more uniformed mix.

Learn How to Make It

This savory trail mix will be ready for you to snack on in under five minutes. Literally, all you’re going to need to do is pour the ingredients into a bowl. Mix them together and you’re done.

It really is that simple!

Custom Trail Mix

Want to make your own trail mix? I have a calculated method I like to follow at home to help make the right mixture of flavor and nutrition. Add one ingredient from each column for six, half cup servings.

list of custom trail mix guidelines

Benefits of Trail Mix

Extra satisfying and filling, trail mix is a snack of choice. You can make a large bowl of it and set it out for a party or make a batch and divide it into snack bags for your lunches all week. Either way, you’re in for a satisfying, budget friendly, and nutritious snack.

  • Protein: The dried cheese in this trail mix adds 30 grams of protein to the entire batch. This plus the added protein from the roasted peanuts will make it a great, filling snack to get you from meal-to-meal.
  • Whole Grain Cereal: Choosing a whole grain cereal will give you more fiber and ultimately more bang for your buck. Whole grains are not milled like refined grains so they retain the germ and endosperm part of the grain. This means more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Quality Fat: Trail mix is a fabulous way to help meet your quality fat intake goals. Quality fats are unsaturated fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These may help with cholesterol, inflammation and fat provides satisfaction and staying power as well.

Does Trail Mix Go Bad

It has a really long shelf life depending on what you add to it. Of course, longer air exposure is going to lead to a stale product. Be sure to put it in an air tight container

If you’re making this for a party, store it in a large bowl with a lid and don’t let it air out ahead of time. Alternatively, if you’re meal prepping, divide it into small bags for a quick, ready to grab snack.

two pink bowls with dried cheese trail mix over.a wooden cutting board with a white cloth behind it

Other Savory Snack Ideas

Not into trail mix? Any of the individual components of trail mix could be a great savory snack on its own. The number of savory snack options out there is staggering.

  • Cheese and crackers
  • Cheese puffs
  • Meat snacks and jerky
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fried chickpeas
  • Corn chips
  • Avocado (yes, it’s a savory fruit!)
  • Guacamole
  • Small charcuterie boards
  • Root veggie chips
  • Dried seaweed
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Air-popped popcorn with seasonings
  • Cheese
two pink bowls with dried cheese trail mix over.a wooden cutting board with a white cloth behind it

Dried Cheese Savory Trail Mix

A high protein, crunchy trail mix like this one is guaranteed to keep you full and satisfied all afternoon. It's not just for hiking, it's for any day of the week!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dried cheese, savory trail mix
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 16 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Jessi Holden, MS, RDN


  • 3 cups Life cereal or any cereal of choice
  • 2 cups honey roasted peanuts sub in any nut or go nut-free using different seeds instead*
  • 3 cups dried cheese**


*Make this a nut free trail mix by adding in a seed instead of the peanuts
**I like using the brand Moon Cheese or Cheese Crisps from Aldi
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Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 472IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 14mg
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