Thursday, September 1, 2016

Recipe of the Week: Trail Mix

Yesterday was national trail mix day.  When you head out on a bike ride, go for a hike or plan a long road trip, trail mix is an easy snack that provides the extra energy boost you need to keep you going.

Both Hadley Fruit Orchards and Harmony Foods (California) both claim that train mix was first invented in 1968 by two California surfers who blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.  However, trail mix was also mentioned in Jack Kerouac's 1958 novel, The Dharma Bums as the two main characters describe their planned meals in their preparation for a hiking trip.

Here are a couple of recipes the next time you need a quick snack!


Mountain Trail Mix


1 cup cashews
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup raisins
2 bags M & M's


Combine all ingredients in an airtight container.

Pumpkin Seed Cherry Trail Mix


2 cups pepitas (baby pumpkin seeds)
1 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
6 tablespoons pure grade B maple syrup
course salt
1 cup dried cherries or cranberries


Preheat oven to 300F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  

In a large bowl , toss the pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, and syrup until evenly coated.

Spread the nuts mixture out in an even single layer on the baking sheet and season with salt.

Bake the nuts, stirring several times until just golden, about 20 minutes.

Cool the nuts completely and then add the cherries.  Toss to combine.

Store in a airtight container at room temperature.