Last night, during a moment of rabid, unbridled hunger, I decided to literally throw together a bowl of trail mix and then eat ½ of it all by myself. My state of mind may have been altered, but I am of the opinion that this spur-of-the-moment trail mix pretty much rocked. We have so many ingredients the pantry that are perfect for trail mix and I got sick of them sitting there NOT being in trail mix.
Obviously trail mixes are very different and you can add anything you want really: any dried fruit, any nut(s) you like, any chocolate pieces or candy, etc, etc.
Here is what I used …
½ c Peanuts (unsalted)
½ c Walnuts (chopped, though slightly bigger pieces wouldn’t hurt)
½ c Almonds (raw, whole)
¼ c Dried cranberries
¼ c Yogurt-covered raisins
¼ c semi-sweet chocolate pieces
¼ c Andes baking morsels
Mix all of this together in a bowl.
Portion out into bags for on-the-go munching if you want. I made a bag for myself at work and left the rest in a Tupperware at home. This is a really healthy snack with all the good fat and fiber from the nuts, but it’s easy to go overboard and eat way too much because it's so darn yummy! If you were going to eat JUST almonds or JUST peanuts, you wouldn’t (shouldn’t) eat more than a handful – maybe a ¼ cup? – so just eat it in moderation.
Let me know if you have a favorite recipe for trail mix!