In addition to our favorite no-bake granola bars, Zander and I have been going through a lot of trail mix lately. We keep some in the car at all times for post-workout, swimming, or playground energy boosts. I like to buy the ingredients separately in bulk, store them in large glass jars, and mix them as needed using my 1/4 cup metal scoop for quick grab-and-go snacks. I find that a small handful (often consumed while driving from one destination to the other) goes a really long way!
I leave the trail mix in a low cabinet (see photo below) that Zander can easily reach so he can pour himself a bowl whenever he likes. We always use raw, organic, unsulfured, unsalted nuts, seeds, and fruits (scroll down for note on recent Costco discovery!). When I can find them at a reasonable price, I prefer to buy sprouted nuts that have been soaked and dehydrated. Maybe one day, I’ll buy another dehydrator and be able to do this myself.
Here’s our favorite blend (although if it were up to Zander, this would be 100% cashews, or maybe 90% cashews and 10% Brazil nuts–he likes these even better than the dried fruits):
RAW, ORGANIC, UNSALTED TRAIL MIX
*makes approx. 2 cups
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup Brazil nuts
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice, not cane sugar)
1/4 cup dried wild blueberries
Below is a photo of the trail mix in Zander’s snack cabinet. The larger jar behind the trail mix contains organic spelt pretzels. Zander has a similar space on the bottom shelf of the fridge from which he can pull things like fresh fruit, homemade granola bars, carrot sticks, or cucumber slices when he is hungry. 🙂
I have also just discovered this organic, unsulfured, apple-juice-sweetened blend from Costco, which is available for a fraction of the price of these items in the bulk section, and as soon as we run out of our current trail mix, we’re going to start adding this to the other nuts and seeds instead of the bulk dried cranberries and blueberries. Bonus: there are already pumpkin seeds in this mix, too, so we will no longer need to buy those separately!