Trail mix can be a great snack. Sadly, most of the "healthy" trail mix you'll find in the stores are loaded with totally unnecessary ingredients. On the outside, it looks like a cluster of almonds, walnuts, cranberries, etc....simple, right? Wrong. On the inside it leads off with stuff like "high fructose corn syrup" and "hydrogenated" whatever or "soy lecithin" garbage. I throw my hands up and scream "WHYYY!!!!" Why ruin the already magical and natural taste of nuts, seeds and other trail mix goodies by injecting the bag with all that junk?! I'll never understand, I suppose.
So go ahead and shed a few tears about the misleading "nutrition" in our beloved store bought trail mix, and then build a bridge and get over it. Making your own trail mix is hella easy and super flexible. Here I provide you my favorite combination, but you can obviously mix and match to your own fancy!
- 1 cup dry roasted, unsalted almonds
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- 1/2 cup pistachio meats
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I aim for 70% or darker)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except for the coconut flakes and mix.
- In a medium to large skillet over high heat, add the coconut flakes until toasted and golden - about 2-3 minutes. Stir them around frequently so they don't burn.
- Let the coconut flakes cool off for a few minutes and then add to the trail mix and mix throughout.
- Store in a large airtight container at room temperature. Or separate the mix into little snack baggies - 1/4 cup per each bag is one serving.