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Ah… trail mix; the snack food that was once good for you and is now bad for you.  You know what I mean, yes?  Remember when trail mix was the snack of choice by healthcare professionals?  Every commercial on television talked about trail mix or trail mix bars.  Then, suddenly, it was deemed that trail mix was too high in sodium and contained too many calories.  Now, we can’t argue with science (can we?), and we can agree that nuts and seeds are high in calories, but they come with a large list of healthy benefits. Sweet & Simple Trail Mix Nuts and seeds provide our bodies with lots of dietary fiber and healthy fats.  Nuts can help to ensure that our fat intake is coming from healthy sources rather than unhealthy saturated fat which can be found in meats and animal products.  More importantly, nuts and seeds can contribute to an overall healthy body and prevent diseases.  Consuming nuts can help to reduce inflammation in the body. Sweet & Simple Trail Mix Now, truth be told, those reasons are not why I made my own version of a trail mix.  One reason was the expense.  Pre-packaged trail mix which can be purchased at your local grocery store has too many fillers.  The cheapest nuts and seeds are what seem to fill the bag the most.  I prefer to have a good balance so that I’m getting a good choice and a different handful every time.  Also, making my own allowed me to hand-pick what I wanted to put in the mix.  I made this recipe with unsalted nuts and seeds, but you can use the salted variety if you wish.   Making these the way I did, and packaging them in the individual jars also took care of snack time at work.  The jars in the photos are 150ml jars which I purchased a dollar store.  I can easily slip a jar into my bag at the beginning of the week and have an easy go-to snack at work.  And that’s exactly what I did! Sweet & Simple Trail Mix To make your own, you can follow my recipe exactly, which will result in a trail mix that is unsalted, but has a little sweet component to it from the chocolate chips and the sweetened coconut.  Or, you can make any combination of your own.  Just try to balance out the crunch from the nuts and seeds with little chewy bits from dried fruit.  You can add the sweet or not; it’s your call.   I’m sure you will love this mix.  And don’t think of it just as a work snack; it makes a great after school snack for the kids, or get yourself a small bowl to munch on during your favourite TV shows.  Or you can sneak some into the movie theatre rather than eating greasy popcorn.  (Never happened!)

Sweet & Simple Trail Mix
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup peacans
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup walnuts pieces
  • ¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Simply portion out all of the nuts into a bowl; gently tossed them together and place them onto a baking sheet
  2. Spread the nuts and seeds out in an even layer and pop them into the oven
  3. Do not preheat the oven. Once you have the baking sheet inside the oven, turn the oven on to 350 degrees and let it go
  4. Once the oven reaches 350 degrees, pull the baking tray out of the oven and let the nuts and seeds cool completely
  5. Transfer them back into the mixing bowl, added the blueberries, cranberries, chocolate chips, and coconut
  6. Toss everything to combine and portioned in individual mason jars
Sweet and Simple Trail Mix

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    1. Thanks, Hillary! I tend to make my own loose granola and bars just so that I can stay away from the sugar.

  1. I love trail mix and while I was interning in Chicago, I used to buy a huge bag of trail mix and use to keep a small portion of it in a ziplock bag in my bag always. I even used to have it as my lunch at work ? But you’re right, the packaged one is not healthy and I really liked your method of making it at home. Now that I work from home, so I should make it to nibble on while working ?
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. I keep a small glass jar on my desk at work all the time just for those moments when you need a little nibble to get you through the rest of the day. I also toss a little bit into my yogurt. Love that!

  2. Byron, I had to stop reading this post so I could go forage in my kitchen for nuts and berries and chocolate chips! I’m back now. You pictures look so good, I’m definitely making this recipe! Who needs all the salt of the commercial brands eh?

  3. You have just made my day! I am never going to buy it from the shops…Yay! I can make my own mix. Thank for sharing it!

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