We eat a lot of nuts around here. They are a great source of fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals. The thing is, sometimes plain nuts are a little bit boring. In an effort to jazz things up a bit, I concocted this trail mix. Who needs a recipe for trail mix, you say? Good point. But I know that sometimes I can get stuck in a rut, making the same trail mix again and again, so I figured I’d share this mix in an effort to inspire you to include something different the next time you make yours.
A few key points to note are that I’ve used raw nuts rather than roasted (a healthier option because the fats are not oxidized in raw nuts like they are in roasted) and unsweetened coconut (to keep sugar to a minimum). Also, opt for mini dark chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips–there are no extra additives (chocolate chips have them so they’ll keep their shape when baked!) and the percentage of cacao is much higher. If you can’t find mini dark chocolate chunks in your grocery store, just get a dark chocolate bar (preferably 70% cacao or higher–yum, antioxidants!) and chop it up.
Kick-Ass Trail Mix
1 heaping cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashews (pieces work better than whole nuts)
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chunks
Mix all the ingredients together in an airtight container. That’s it! You can store this in the fridge to keep it tasting fresh longer, but I bet that you will eat this so quickly that freshness will not be an issue.