With our clean eating diet, we often get asked what we do for snacks. In my book, Homemade Snacks and Staples, I have an entire chapter dedicated to Hand-to-Mouth Snacks. This was one of my favorite chapters to write, because as you will see, we are not lacking for snacks in the Badger Girl/Manatee household. Especially when you consider that we mostly snack on fruits and veggies, the snacks in the Hand-to-Mouth chapter are more treats than anything else!

This trail mix recipe is a great go-to for us, whether we make a huge batch for ourselves or serve it at one of our parties in a huge bowl. I have a feeling we will be eating a lot of this in the next few weeks as we adjust to our lives with Baby Aime.

 

Trail Mix of the Gods
Yields 4
Roasted nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate chips. Who knew healthy eating could taste so good?

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Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
5 min

Total Time
10 min

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
5 min

Total Time
10 min

Ingredients
6 cups mixed roasted, unsalted nuts
2 cups dark chocolate chips
3 cups roasted peanuts
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup raisins
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds

Instructions
In a very, VERY large bowl, combine nuts, chocolate chips, peanuts, dried cranberries raisins, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.
Serve immediately. Store leftovers in airtight container for up to 1 month.

Notes
Try to find roasted, unsalted nuts and peanuts if you can. They are more prevalent than you think. In an ideal world, the only salt will come from the sunflower seeds.
To roast your own nuts: bake nuts on a cookie sheet at 350 (dgF) for 12-15 minutes, or until fragrant. Nuts will continue to roast after you take them out of the oven, so error on the side of under-baking them. Once cool, mix them in to the trail mix. This will will add on about 20 minutes to the preparation time.

Badger Girl Learns to Cook by Kimberly Aime http://learntocookbadgergirl.com/

Recipe Review:

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I love this recipe because it gives me a form of “junk food”and makes it just about as healthy as you can get. No extra oils, very little salt, and both the sunflower seed kernels and the pumpkin seeds are packed with Vitamin E.

I am happy to report that roasted, unsalted nuts are much more popular, even in just the last 9 months. Last August, I couldn’t find roasted, unsalted peanuts in any mainstream grocery stores. When I went to the neighborhood Copps store recently, I was shocked to find them in the aisle with the other nuts.

For the other nuts, I recommend roasting them at home. That way you can guarantee there are no added oils or salt.

Feel free to substitute in your favorite nuts or dried fruit. I have been on a dried blueberry kick and will be trying this trail mix with them very soon. As long as you maintain the ratios of nuts: seeds: fruit: chocolate, you will get a similar trail mix with all of the customizations you want.

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