Sunday, September 12, 2010

0 Recipe #171: All-Natural, Homemade Trail Mix

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This recipe is SO easy to make. I like making trail mix at home, because I can control what goes into it and keep it healthy. ;)

So take this with you the next time you go hiking.... It's nutritious and fiber-rich, and will keep you going up those hills..... :-D

Homemade Trail Mix

1/2 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. unsalted pumpkin seeds, shelled
2 Tbsp. (1/8 c.) unsalted roasted cashews
 2 Tbsp. (1/8 c.) raw, unsalted almonds
2 Tbsp. (1/8 c.) unsweetened coconut, shredded (can be found in international supermarkets)
2 Tbsp. (1/8 c.) pineapple juice
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 tsp. ground clove
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil (for buttering the pan)
1/4 c. raisins, golden or black (I personally prefer the flavor of golden raisins in this mix)
1/4 c. dried cherries, cranberries, or strawberries

Directions: Preheat oven to 325°F. In a small bowl, thoroughly combine all remaining ingredients except for the dried fruit. Mix until dry ingredients have become moist.  Lightly coat a baking sheet with coconut oil. Evenly spread mixture onto baking tray & bake for 45-60 minutes, stirring after 25 minutes to ensure even baking. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn't burn. When ready, remove trail mix from the oven. Allow to cool, breaking it apart while still slightly warm. Toss with dried fruit & serve.

Yield: Makes 2 c., or 4 servings of 1/2 c. each.

Variations: You could also add other types of nuts & dried fruits -- i.e., walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, sliced dried apricots, apples, &/or peaches, etc. Or, all-natural, homemade banana chips, made in a dehydrator, i.e., without any refined sugar, would also work as well.

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