This Mahalo Trail Mix was inspired by my trips to Hawaii to visit my husband’s family.  Mahalo means thank you, and I’m thankful for the warm, friendly family I’ve inherited through my marriage.  I could not ask for better in-laws.

On Oahu, ginger plants grow everywhere, and you can smell the spiciness in the air.   Fresh mango is easy to come by, as well as macadamia nuts.  I’ve added wasabi peas to this mix, in honor of the large asian influence on the islands. If you’re ever on Oahu, visit the North Shore and go to the Waialua Farmer’s Market Co-Op and purchase some fresh tropical fruit, and a whole Huli Huli chicken for lunch. You can stock up on Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, and homemade soap.

Purchase these ingredients from Trader Joe’s (except the wasabi peas), or you can probably find them at your local natural market. I’ve tried to create a balanced mix of sugar, fat & protein for effective energy on the trail.

Tip: leave out the wasabi peas, and this mix doubles as a stir-in for your morning oatmeal.

aloha trail mix

Mahalo Trail Mix

Makes 20 (1/4 cup) servings

  • 1 cup roasted, salted macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup dried mango, chopped
  • 1 cup dried ginger (uncrystallized), chopped
  • 1 cup wasabi peas
  • 1 cup dried coconut strips, chopped

At home:

For eating easily by the handful, chop all ingredients to the same size as the wasabi peas.  Mix all ingredients together. You can store in an air tight container until ready to eat, or portion out in 1/4 cup servings for your next adventure.

On the trail:

Shove this in your food hole. Say Mahalo!