The Best Dehydrated Fruit Trail Mix

dehydrated fruit trail mix
This dehydrated fruit trail mix is the perfect snack for camping, backpacking and road trips. It’s easy to make in a food dehydrator!

This year I am determined to pack healthier snacks for when we go camping.  We often get stuck with chips and sunflower seeds which are not high on my “healthy eating” list.  Fresh fruit often becomes bruised or spoiled when we pack it into our camper and coolers.  
So this spring I have decided to bust out the good old food dehydrator (please tell me that I am not the only one that still has one of these) and create our very own, super nutritious, Dehydrated Fruit Trail Mix.
Dehydrated Fruit Trail Mix

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Some of our camp cooking essentials:

  • Menu planning for camping is something that I always do to stay organized.  Grab this free Meal Planner Printable to get started on your next trip.
  • A Pie Iron Camp Cooker makes cooking over the open fire super easy.  Check out these 20+ Pie Iron Recipe Ideas for tons of camp cooker inspiration!  Or visit my how to use a pie iron post for tips.
  • Foil Pie Plates make tinfoil packet meals even easier with the sturdy base that they provide. 
  • These Grilling Bags that I recently found are amazing!  Simply add all of your ingredients to the bag at home then throw it on the campfire or grill when camping in the great outdoors.  Avoid the grill bags with plastic windows, they melt.
Dehydrated Fruit Trail Mix

How to make dehydrated fruit trail mix:

We used our food dehydrator a lot when the boys were little but it has been gathering dust for a while now.  I forgot how great these things are.  You can dehydrate almost anything!  I chose to slice up the ripe fruit that we already had at home.  Here we have apples, bananas and mangoes.  If you haven’t tried dried mangoes you are truly missing out!!  They are our favorite!  
  • Most dehydrators come with instructions but basically you cut the fruit 1/4″ thick and lay it out evenly on the trays.  
  • Turn the dehydrator on to about 165 degrees.  
  • Mine has a fruit setting that I simply switch it to.  
  • Allow the fruit to cook for 4-8 hours depending on how dry you want it to be.  
  • I like to rotate my trays 3 or 4 times throughout the day to allow for it to all dry evenly.

Dehydrated Fruit Trail Mix

To prevent the fruit from browning too much you can rinse it in lemon or orange juice before drying.

Dehydrated Fruit Trail Mix

Once the fruit is dry you could mix it with pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, a few chocolate chips, shredded coconut, dried ginger… really the possibilities are endless!  I portioned out our mix into these jars to pack and store for our next camping trip.

Dehydrated Fruit Trail Mix

With this simple dehydrated fruit trail mix I feel like we still have our “snacks” for camping just a much healthier version of them. 

Dehydrated Fruit Trail Mix

Do you have any great snacks that you like to pack for camping?  If you love this easy trail mix recipe, please help me share it on Facebook and Pinterest!


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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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How does it keep in the jar??? Would love to hear if it softens up too much or it stays how you want it.