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Recipe of the Week: Spiced Trail Mix with Mixed Nuts, Cherries and Dark Chocolate

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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!

 

Ingredients:

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:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the nuts, ginger, cardamom and salt.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

 

What do you like to see in your trail mix? Leave us a comment below.

 

Super Bowl Snacks To Remember

Photo courtesy of fromaway.com
Photo courtesy of fromaway.com

Do you have family and friends coming over for the Super Bowl? If so, it’s time to start planning what’s going to be on the menu. Forget the chips and salsa, buffalo wings and beef sliders! This year, it’s time to create a snack bar that everyone will remember for years to come. We’ve put together a list of Super Bowl snack recipes that have been a big hit at our past parties. Whether the Seahawks or Patriots win, we guarantee everyone will leave happy after indulging in these unpredictable and delicious snacks.

 

Tahini Avocado HummusHummus is a snack that everyone has come to love. This tasty recipe, created by our own Chef Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites, is proven to leave people wanting more. Use AVOCARE’s Chipotle Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, it has a bite of spice that will leave your guests fighting for the last dip!

 

Chipotle Flank Steak TacosYou’ll need a hearty dish to fill up the hungry fans in your house and this steak taco recipe is the one you’ve got to pick. We love using our garlic infused avocado oil in the marinade to add that extra boost of flavor everyone loves. If you have a lot of football fans coming to your house, you may want to double or triple this recipe!

 

Baked Avocado Fries Once your football fans try these crispy avocado fries with cilantro lime dipping sauce they will be hooked for life. The best part is, you don’t have to worry about getting out the fryer since they are baked in the oven!