Here is an easy, tasty “Monkey Munch” trail mix recipe that you will love!
Whole Foods puts out a magazine occasionally that is chock full of great tips, ideas, information and recipes. It is free and available in the store. In a recent edition, in the Whole Kids section “Mix It Up”, there were recipes for various trail mixes. What a great opportunity to get kids involved; they can measure and mix the ingredients. The recipe that caught my eye was “Monkey Munch” and the recipe below is adapted from that. I adjusted the recipe to my taste which means, in this case, adding coconut flakes and a few more chocolate chips. To make this recipe vegan, simply use vegan chocolate chips. The name for this delicious snack gets its name from the starring ingredient – banana chips. This trail mix is great for adults and kids alike.
This is a delicious, healthy and easy-to-make snack. Spring has finally sprung in the Northeast. In my suburb of Boston, the daffodils and tulips are in full bloom. Buds are starting to open on some trees and the grass is starting to turn green. You know what that means? It is time for outdoor activities like soccer, bike riding, hiking, etc… This Monkey Munch would be great to take to the beach and even to work. I just put portions in “snack” plastic bags. You can adjust the recipe for Monkey Munch to your liking. Add or subtract ingredients as you choose.
I have included a link at the bottom of the post to Whole Foods that includes this recipe plus two more: Tropical Treasure (gluten-free) and Orchard Cinnamon Crunch (nut-free). It it the entire magazine so you can page forward or back to see additional recipes, tips, etc… One section I enjoy is where employees highlight their favorite products. Health and cooking magazines are great sources of information. I hope to have a few recipes from the the Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for those upcoming recipes!
What you will need:
1 and 1/2 cups banana chips
1 cup lightly salted peanuts (sub another to make this recipe Paleo)
1 cup almonds (I used slivered almonds)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I added an extra tablespoon)(I prefer gluten free, non dairy chips)
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup shredded coconut ( I added these to the original recipe)(I prefer unsweetened shredded coconut)
- 1 and ½ cups banana chips
- 1 cup lightly salted peanuts (sub another nut for Paleo)
- 1 cup almonds (I used slivered almonds)
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (I added a tablespoon more)(I prefer gluten free, non dairy chips)
- ½ cup raisins
- ⅓ cup coconut flakes ( I use unsweetened shredded)
- In a large bowl, measure all the ingredients and stir to combine.
- Store in an airtight container. Should keep for several weeks or even longer.
Adapted from Whole Foods – here is a link to the trail mix recipes.
Enjoy! This is a great 3:00 p.m. afternoon snack to give you a little boost of energy!
What is your favorite trail mix combination? Please leave a comment and let me know.
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