We have a staple in our household: trail mix. It’s one of those things I know my husband will go for when he is past the point of starving to hold him over, and is a healthy alternative to what he could grab instead. Don’t get me wrong…he is a super healthy eater, but you know how ravenous someone can get when they past the point of no return with an angry tummy. I’m pretty sure I would start eating the plants on my patio if I had to. No regrets either. Except that we forget to water them, so it would be a pretty dry snack…
This is probably the easiest trail mix you could ever throw together. I make it about every 2 weeks and takes me no more than 10 minutes to mix and separate into individual portions. I use what I affectionately call my “trail mix bowl” for measuring, mixing and storing. When it is empty, the hubster puts it out on the counter and I make some more. This version is not only pretty dern tasty, but also allows you to customize based on what you like. It’s really that simple.
What you’ll need:
A mix of nut varieties, dates, raisins, healthy chocolate chips, banana chips, dried fruit…whatever you like in a trail mix. Buy enough to fill your “trail mix” bowl
3 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp powdered maple sugar
“Trail Mix” bowl
wooden spoon or a long kitchen spoon
measuring spoons and cup
sandwich sized ziplock baggies
Step one: Find a large bowl that you don’t use for cooking all that often. It will become your trail mix bowl This is what mine looks like.
Fill your trail mix bowl until you only have about 2 inches left on the sides without any mix. Use a combo of your ingredients. For this mix, I used banana chips, dates, almonds, walnuts and cashews. If all of your stuff won’t fit, just set it aside for next time.
Add cinnamon, maple sugar and mix well with a big spoon. This makes the trail mix so tasty! You can also add apple pie or pumpkin pie spice around the holidays to mix it up a bit.
Using a 1 cup measuring cup, portion the trail mix out into sandwich baggies.
Keep portioning the mix out until you have no more. See, all gone Rinse and dry your trail mix bowl.
Put your portioned baggies back into your trail mix bowl. I usually get about 13-15 baggies. You could get more with a smaller portion size if you want.