Everyone loves a good trail mix, especially when chocolate is in the mix. It is considered an ideal snack food for hikers because it is easy to store, doesn’t require cooking prior to consumption and is nutritious. Way before it was called trail mix, ancient nomadic tribes used to mix dried fruits, nuts and meats together for a high-energy snack during their breaks. Today, we aren’t much different from the ancient tribes. Many of us experience low-energy levels during the mid-afternoon slump and are searching for a way to stay alert throughout the day. This scrumptious trail mix is the pick-me-up you’ve been looking for. Our spokesperson, Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites has created this delicious recipe. Enjoy!
2 cups raw cashews
½ cup raw pistachios
¾ cup raw almonds
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 ½ tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
1 cup dried sour cherries
½ cup dark chocolate chips
To make the trail mix:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the nuts, ginger, cardamom and salt.
- In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce with the honey and AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil until heated through. Mix the applesauce mixture into the dry ingredients until thoroughly dispersed, then spread the mixture evenly on the lined baking sheet. Bake, stirring several times, until just golden and it feels dry to the touch, about 25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the pan, then add the cherries and chocolate chips and toss to combine. Store cooled trail mix in an airtight container at room temperature.
Makes 3 cups
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