I have rounded up my three most favorite ingredients of oats, nuts, and chocolate to make the perfect snack…
I love making big batches of granola and snacking on it. I find myself snacking on the granola rather then eating it like a cereal. I have been thinking about ways to make the granola a heartier snack and the idea of a trail mix was born. With the addition of a few more nuts and a little chocolate it became the perfect go to snack.
It’s got the protein from the nuts and oats, the anti-oxidants from the chocolate, and it also appeals to the candy craving we often have. As much as we love gummy bears and chocolate bars, they aren’t great to eat all the time. This is a snack you can eat every day and feel good about it. It’s kind of like reaching your hand in a cookie jar and getting something out that is much healthier. At least that is what I tell myself!
I used my simple granola recipe and then added pistachios, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. I then decided to try chocolate covered candied ginger to give it a little kick. You can also use chocolate covered blueberries which are also delicious. Go ahead and mix and match with whatever you like, but make sure to put a lot of nuts in there as they are the most important part of the mix. They fill you up quickly and give you all the protein your body needs!
The recipe is below…
kids love it too and it is great to have them help you come up with adifferent combinations to use…its kind of a fun game...
Granola Trail Mix with Oats, Nuts, and Chocolate
4 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1/2Cup of Maple Syrup
3 Tablespoons of Honey
1/2 Cup of olive Oil or Canola oil
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
½ Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger
1/2 Cup each of Raw Almonds, Pistachios, Cashews, and Pumpkin Seeds
1 Cup of Chocolate Covered Candied Ginger or Blueberries
Makes about 6 Cups
1. Mix the oil, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, salt and spices together. Pour the oats into the mixture and mix thoroughly with your hands or a good spoon. Make sure the oats are coated well and there are no chunks of sugar left.
2. Place the mixture on a pan and spread the oats out evenly. Bake for about 15 minutes. Turn the oats over after 15 minutes and spread them out evenly again.
Bake for another 10 minutes and then add all of the nuts. Bake for another 10 minutes. Remove the granola and allow it to cool completely. Break up the granola into large chunks and add the chocolate.
The folks at nuts.com have shared links to their site for you to look at and read about...check them out...
pumpkin seeds: https://nuts.com/snacks/pumpkinseeds/pepitas-raw-noshell