Trail Mix with Fruit, Seeds, & Chocolate

The arrival of Spring just beckons us to come outside. Once the clouds clear and the sun pops out, it’s time to hit the trail. And what better snack to take on a long hike or walk than trail mix?

Bursting with nuts, fruits, seeds, and chocolate, trail mix packs a punch. Full of carbs and fiber — and a little sweetness to boot — it’s easily portable and perfect for snacking.

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And since it combines a little bit of everything, it’s great for using those odd bags of fruits, seeds, nuts, and chocolate that you might have stashed in your pantry.

In our family, we omit nuts due to a food allergy, but we’ve found pepitas and sunflower seeds to add a nice crunch instead. Cranberries and two tones of raisins add the chewiness factor. And mini chocolate kisses do the job of, well, chocolate.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. We’re nut-free here too. I added your post to Pinterest. (http://pinterest.com/mama__b/)

  2. We’re nut free too, I’ve been using sunflower seeds in my granola bars for awhile. I just starting adding pepitas, although I do find them to be a bit pricey. Have you found a good frugal source for pepitas?

    • @Danielle, I buy them at Trader Joe’s. But honestly, I don’t remember the price. I just know they were a lot cheaper than pine nuts. Holy cow!

      • @Jessica, unfortunately we don’t have Trader Joes in Colorado. Oh, how I miss it. I wish Costco would carry seeds, because they’re nut prices are usually quite competitive. Pine nuts are ridiculously expensive, but my husband is allergic to all tree nuts including pine nuts, so I guess I don’t have to worry about those anymore. He can eat peanuts (I guess since those are a legume) so that’s always an option for us, but I’ve been leaving them out because they don’t want us to give the little one nuts or peanuts until she’s 3 because of my husband’s nut allergy. A few more months and then hopefully I can start using peanuts again. Not having food allergies of my own it’s been quite the eye-opener dealing with my husbands. I do keep a small stash of almonds for my oatmeal in the mornings, but that’s about the only thing anymore, I worry to much about cross-contimanation.

        • @Danielle, did they specifically test him for pine nuts? Because my understanding is that they are really a seed. Check with his allergist first, obviously.

  3. We’re nut free here too, but I can’t find any seeds that aren’t processed with nuts. Any suggestions? We don’t have a Trader Joe’s:(

  4. Great recipe, but you forgot the chocolate!!!

  5. Mary E.S. says:

    What are pepitas? Where would you find them in north Ga?

    • Pepitas are pumpkin seeds. I don’t know if you can find them there, but they’re not very uncommon, so I would think so.

  6. AllieZirkle says:

    I couldn’t help but chuckle about a pnatry cleanup and leftover chocolate. Who has leftover chocolate? :) We NEVER do!

    Allie

  7. I love this kind of trail mix, I end up eating way too much of it though! :-)

  8. What a great trail mix! And it’s gluten free too!

  9. We’re nut free too. I do a similar trail mix but add shredded coconut, and dried cherries instead of two types of raisins. It’s delicious!!
    Those looking for pepitas you can order raw pumpkin seeds from Bob’s Red Mill website.

  10. You might want to try soaking your seeds for even more nutritional benefits. This article explains in detail the reason why we should (http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-benefits-of-soaking-nuts-and-seeds) but here’s the gist (in a nutshell, pun intended):
    1. To remove or reduce phytic acid.
    2. To remove or reduce tannins.
    3. To neutralize the enzyme inhibitors.
    4. To encourage the production of beneficial enzymes.
    5. To increase the amounts of vitamins, especially B vitamins.
    6. To break down gluten and make digestion easier.
    7. To make the proteins more readily available for absorption.
    8. To prevent mineral deficiencies and bone loss.
    9. To help neutralize toxins in the colon and keep the colon clean.
    10. To prevent many health diseases and conditions.

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