Oftentimes, snacks are oh-so-tasty but not-so-good for you. One exception, which has become more popular in recent years with the trend of health-conscious food, is trail mix.
Hikers and other outdoorsy people love it because it provides a healthy source of energy. But it’s also quite delicious and provides a seemingly endless variety of ingredients, including nuts, seeds, fruits, and granola.
Ingredients: Savory nut-free trail mix
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Combine the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, plantain chips, and baked chickpeas in a bowl. Evenly mix olive oil through the ingredients. Add the cayenne powder, chili powder, garlic powder, and sea salt; coat evenly.
- Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet, and bake for 12-16 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring halfway through. Remove from heat, and let the trail mix cool for 20 minutes before serving.
Ingredients: Sweet n’ salty chocolate drops
- Combine the almonds, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries in a bowl to make the trail mix.
- In a separate bowl, melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, and stir occasionally. Add time if needed.
- Lay out a piece of wax paper and, using a spoon, pour the chocolate in quarter-size circles onto the paper.
- Pressing lightly, lay the trail mix onto each of the chocolate drops.
- Allow each of the drops to harden, about 45-60 minutes. For quicker results, you can put the drops in the refrigerator.
You can download your own trail mix labels for your next camping trip or party. Then try your hand at this recipe, and let us know what you think! Share your photos on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ALMbites.