Hey there! What’s a Friday without a little food love? I have a recipe shout out for one of my favorite snacks. Trail mix! Yes, you heard me right. It is one of my go-to creations that I like to pop into a ziplock bag when I need a quick snack.
Raw Trail Mix
Craft Your Taste
Trail mix is the perfect thing to customize to your taste references. I do like to select a tasty pick from the isles of Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s sometimes. However, if you have a few minutes it is simple to make on your own. Love chocolate? Add more. Hate raisins? No judgement. Just skip right over them. Making your own trail mix is a no stress route to go. Plus your wallet will thank you. Any prepackaged snack is going to be more expensive whether you have a coupon or not. Save those purchases for desperate times!
Time to grab a mason jar and hop to it!
- 1 Cup Banana Chips
- ⅔ Cup Raw Almonds
- ⅔ Cup Raw Pecans
- ⅔ Cup Coconut Unsweetened Flakes
- ½ Cup Chocolate Chips
- ½ Cup Dried Cranberries
- Measure each ingredient.
- Add to a glass jar or storage container.
- Make sure to distribute the items evenly.
- Store in the refrigerator to keep the trail mix fresh.
Purchasing raw nuts is always healthier than anything with an artificial flavor.
The roasting of nuts damages the unsaturated fats in nuts. It is essentially turns a good fat into a bad one. Keep raw to make sure you are eating the most beneficial variety.
There is no doubt that dried fruit is delicious. Would anyone argue with me? When buying your dried fruit be mindful to check your labels. Look for any unnecessary cooking oils or extra sugars. You want the ingredient list to be as minimal as possible. I often go organic since the extra cost is minimal.
Choosing Your Chocolate
For the chocolate chips, try to look for dark mini chips at the food store. You will get more flavor out of less since they can be very dense. Also, try to buy as high a cacao percentage as possible. Even if you think it will be bitter it will balance out with all the other sweetness packed in here.
Serving Size Caution
A quarter cup or a small handful is a serving. Trail mix is one of those snack foods that can be deceiving. It is easy to toss back a cup or so and then wonder if it was too much. I love it, but be cautious about going overboard so you can enjoy it as part of a nutritious diet.
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