Thursday, May 31, 2012

Yummy Trail Mix

You need about 5 cups of nuts and seeds and 2 cups of dried fruit, chocolate is optional.  The following is a combination that I used recently.

1 cup raw pecan halves
1 cup raw organic almonds
1 3/4 cups raw organic cashews
1 cup raw organic pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
4 Tablespoons organic butter, melted
about 3/4 teaspoon Real salt (pink/white)
1 cup dried organic cranberries
1  cup organic raisins
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Get out a large baking pan with raised edges.  In a large mixing bowl combine nuts and seeds.  Add salt to melted butter and pour over nuts and seeds.  Mix thoroughly.  Pour mixture onto baking pan and spread it out as much as possible.  Bake for 60 minutes, stirring thoroughly after 20 minute intervals.  When finished place mixture onto platters or drying racks covered with 2-3 layers of paper towels.  Let cool.  Occasionally stir to help remove any wet butter and be sure it is completely cool before continuing.

Add dried fruit and chocolate chips.  Mix well and store in an airtight container. 

This recipe makes a nice lightly salted, roasted mixture.  I usually prefer to eat my nuts raw, but Jeff prefers them salted, so hopefully this makes a good compromise for the rare occasion, we might need one.

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