June 1, 2010

Fruit and Nut Trail Mix

About a month ago, I decided to make my own trail mix. I kept my eye on nuts and dried fruit every time I went to a grocery store, looking for good deals. I slowly accumulated the ingredients I wanted to use and finally got everything together to make it today.

Now, I wasn't totally sure that this is a good idea. I mean, it's easy enough to get some pre-made trail mix from the store. But, most things are better homemade and this is no exception. You can control the ingredients, so you don't have to have any cheap filler---just all of your favorites. You can control how sweet or how salty it is. You can decide whether or not to include chocolate...

I started with raw almonds from the Chico's Farmer's Market, raw pecans and roasted cashews from Costco, and dried blueberries and dried cherries from Trader Joe's. I just roasted my raw nuts, then tossed everything together for a filling, portable snack. I even pre-packed some so that I can throw this in my purse to nibble on when I'm running errands.

Fruit and Nut Trail Mix
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 1/2 cups cashews
  • 3/4 dried blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cherries, roughly chopped
  1. If your nuts are already roasted, you can skip this step. If your nuts are raw: preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, drizzle nuts with olive oil and toss to coat. (I used 1 tablespoon of oil for 4 cups of nuts.) Sprinkle with salt and toss to coat. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so. Cool on sheet.
  2. In a large bow, mix together fruit and nuts. Taste to see if you want to add more of any ingredient for a different taste or texture combination. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I wholeheartedly agree it is always better to make your own trail mix. There was actually a whole article in Food Network Magazine about National Park Rangers' homemade recipes. I'll keep you posted on those. My version will never have raisins or peanuts - fillers in most store bought recipes.


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