Witches' Toenail Trail Mix

Trail mix
Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Recipe Source: 
National Geographic Kids Cookbook by Barton Seaver ($19.99, National Geographic, 2014)


There’s no set recipe for this trail mix, but instead some options that blend well. Don’t be afraid to use more than one of the ingredients below, but just be sure not to overwhelm your mix.


  1. Start with a base ingredient such as granola or flax clusters.
  2. Add to this your choice of sweet, such as dried cranberries, dried bananas, dried apricots (cut into small pieces), and raisins.
  3. Next, venture into the salty territory, with things like pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, and pecans.
  4. Mix it all together with a big spoon and enjoy!


Don’t go overboard and buy too much of one ingredient for this trail mix. Each bite should be a blend of flavors. Sweet and salty makes a great flavor combination. Don’t be afraid to cover yet-uncharted flavor territory.  ​


Barton Seaver

Barton Seaver is one of the world’s leading sustainable seafood experts and educators. Before leaving the restaurant industry to pursue his interests in sustainable food systems, he was an award-winning chef leading top seafood restaurants in Washington, DC. After traveling the world with the National Geographic Society, he translated his experiences into his leadership in the area of sustainable seafood innovations.

He is the founder of Coastal Culinary Academy, a multi-platform initiative that seeks to increase seafood consumption through seafood-specific culinary education for all levels of cooks.

Barton resides in coastal Maine, a stone's throw away from a working waterfront, with his wife, son and their flock of heritage chickens.