Today I wanted to do something a little different. I love cooking and baking, and especially trying out healthier alternatives to some of my favorite foods! This is a super simple “do it yourself” trail mix recipe, a great alternative to buying sugary processed versions at the store. Since I will be on vacation this week, this trail mix is the perfect snack to bring to take to the beach.
1 cup of organic dry roasted almonds
Almonds are a staple for almost every trail mix recipe. They also provide the protein you need to keep up your energy. I prefer to use unsalted almonds, just to avoid the unnecessary salt, but either is fine!
1 cup of organic dried assorted fruit
Dried fruit adds that sweet, sugary taste. It also provides benefits such as fiber and antioxidants. My favorite dried fruits to add to my trail mix are cherries, figs, bananas, apricots, and peaches. If you find that the pieces are too large, a rough chop could help for better bite size pieces.
1 half cup of coconut chips
I found these coconut chips in the health food section of my grocery store, and tried them in this recipe for the first time. There were a few different flavors, and I grabbed the chocolate. They are made with dark chocolate cocoa powder, a much healthier alternative to regular chocolate. They are also baked and 100% natural, without preservatives. I definitely recommend trying them out!
1 half cup of yogurt raisins (optional)
I do not usually add these to my trail mix, but I felt like adding a little extra sweetness! I love vanilla yogurt raisins, though they do have a little more sugar then I prefer! This ingredient is totally optional- your trail mix will taste great with or without them!
Toss all your ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and separate into individual baggies for travel! Enjoy!
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