February 9, 2016

Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

Valentine's Day Trail Mix

I LUV U, Valentine’s Day Trail Mix!

Uhmm HI, how cute is this trail mix?! I made it yesterday for the Superbowl and it was a hit! It’s the perfect way to launch my #prettyprettypinkpineapple series on Instagram with all things PINK for Valentine’s Day!

This yummy Valentine’s Day Trail Mix is packed with delicious balanced goodies, including my new favorite snack, Pipsnacks Kettle Pipcorn. These cute mini popcorn kernels are all natural, gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, and whole grain. All of the kernels are grown here in the beautiful United States of America!

Pipsnacks is hosting an awesome CASH GIVEAWAY and it is so easy to enter. All you have to do is use Pipcorn in your favorite dish, snap a pic, tag @pipsnacks and use #ReciPiP #Pipcorn and #Recipeoftheday so everyone can see! You can find more details here.

Why Gluten Free?

One of my friends asked me why I always cook with gluten-free ingredients. She said, “Gluten doesn’t really bother me, but it can’t hurt to make the substitution, right?” Right! Not only that, but a lot of people ignore their intolerances to gluten. Have you ever eaten a slice of pizza, a sandwich, pasta, etc. and felt a little gassy or had trouble digesting it? What about a migraine, foggy vision, difficulty concentrating, or overall fatigue? Do you ever wake up with allergies or puffy eyes? Believe it or not, these could all be intolerances to gluten.

I did a Food Sensitivity Screening back in December, made a few adjustments to my diet, and I’ve never felt better. If you’re interested, you can read my initial thoughts here after getting the test: Do you Struggle With Food Sensitivities or Digestive Problems?  Note to self: I should probably write a follow-up article!

Without Further Adieu…

Valentines Day Snacks


Pipsnacks Kettle Pipcorn, 4 cups (can be purchased at select Whole Foods stores or on the Pipsnacks website)

Gluten-Free Chex Chocolate Cereal, 4 cups

Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch Tic Tac Toe Cereal, 2 cups (Can be purchased at select Sprouts stores, or substituted with Gluten-Free Cheerios)

Valentine’s Day M&M’s, 1 bag

Cacao Nips, 1/2 cup

Sprinkles, a few dashes


  1. Brace yourself. This is a tough one.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day Trail Mix can be served in a large bowl party-style or in baggies as giftable treats!

Click HERE for a printable version of this recipe.