I recently saw a packaged, pre-mixed trail mix at the grocery store called Cape Cod Trail Mix. I really loved the concept, ingredients combination, and thought it was the perfect snack for hiking, to take along, traveling, etc… Because there were a few ingredients I am trying to avoid (certain oils as well as excess salt), I opted to make my own paleo trail mix and it could not be easier. It takes a few minutes and is as easy as tossing together and mixing. I store mine in a mason jar and then prepare portion sizes to take with me when away from home.
I have been experimenting with raw vs. roasted nuts. Some people have digestive issues consuming raw nuts and do better with roasted nuts. I prefer to roast my own nuts by placing nuts on a baking pan, with or without parchment, at 170 degrees F. for about 10-15 minutes. If you try roasting, be sure to keep a close eye so that the nuts do not burn. Once out of the oven, pour the roasted nuts in a bowl and toss with a pinch of fine sea salt. You could then make this recipe using your freshly roasted nuts rather than raw nuts.
By the way, the “Cape” is an awesome place to visit. There are lots of beautiful beaches, quaint towns for exploring, delicious local produce and plenty of miniature golf places. I love the amazing sunsets too.
Some other trail mixes to try:
5 Minute Trail Mix – Four ingredients!
Monkey Munch – try without peanuts and unsweetened coconut.
- Equal parts raw cashews almonds and dried cranberries. My typical recipe:
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Place the cranberries, almonds and cranberries in a bowl and mix to combine.
Place in air tight container to store.
Great for a snack, to take on hikes, traveling, etc... as it is very transportable.