Well here we are with our first recipe post! We wanted to start out with something super simple, tried + true. For this recipe, you really only need some of your favourite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, a bowl, and some storage jars! All you cozy people at home, check your pantry, because we guarantee you’ve got a few of these things on hand.
Trail mix is such an incredible snack. But it’s almost as if it’s been forgotten about, in the mix of the sweet little energy bites + bliss balls we all know and love. Though we’re always whippin’ up new flavours of bites (recipes to come very soon!), we’re also all about variety, and sometimes you just want a handful of different flavours and textures. When you’re craving more than a bliss ball, and don’t want to reach for those pre-packaged chemically souped up snacks, this trail mix is your perfect remedy!
If you’ve popped by TWR over the past few years, you’re likely to have seen an abundance of trail mix containers on our counter. We throw together variations of it on the regular, and what we love so much about this recipe is the ability to get creative with all sorts of superfoods. Think different dried berries, fruits, and alternating with unique nuts and seeds. We’ll even occasionally throw in a handful of our house-made dark chocolate chips!
Superfoods we love in our trail mix:
Austrian Pumpkin Seeds: These unique heirloom pumpkin seeds actually grow without a shell! With their dark green colour, they are higher in antioxidants than their more common counterpart.
Brazil Nuts: A nut that is crazy high in selenium, a powerful antioxidant and a mineral required for a healthy thyroid. Brazil nuts also host an irresistibly silky smooth taste. You only need 1-3 Brazil nuts a day to reach over and above the recommended selenium intake – so make sure to not overdo it!
Goji Berries: These little powerhouses contain 11 essential amino acids, making them very uniquely high in protein. Their bright red colour lets us know that they’re chock full of antioxidants. They are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for supporting the liver, kidneys, lungs, and eyes.
Golden Berries: These sweet + tart berries provide nutrients to soothe inflammation, and are lower in sugar than many other fruits. PS when we can find these fresh, we top our TWR famous smoothie bowls with a few. They also taste incredible with dark chocolate!
Mulberries: A berry high in iron and vitamin C! They’re just sweet enough, but won’t give you a crazy punch, so they’re supportive for those watching their blood sugar.
Manuka Raisins: The sweet flavour and crunch of these raisins are no match for words, especially when paired with cashews. They can be challenging to find, but when you do we promise they’re worth it! PS they’re not related to manuka honey!
And so, with a brain full of new knowledge, it’s time to get as creative as you’d like! Just keep in mind that this snack can be higher in concentrated sugars because of the dried fruit or chocolate chips. Our best tip is to ensure that you keep the ratio of nuts + seeds to dried fruit + chocolate chips at around 2:1. This will help keep your blood sugar levels balanced, satiating and nourishing you until your next meal.
Alright…let’s get snacking!
SUPERFOOD TRAIL MIX
Makes: 7 cups | 28, ¼ cup servings
1 cup Austrian pumpkin seeds
1 cup almonds
1 cup Brazil nuts or walnuts
1 cup cashews
1 cup coconut flakes
½ cup manuka raisins
½ cup golden berries
½ cup goji berries
½ cup white or black mulberries
½ cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
Instructions for roasting nuts:
If you’d like to dry roast the nuts and seeds for extra crunch + flavour, preheat the oven to 350.
Spread the nuts and seeds evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Roast for 8-12 minutes, checking and stirring halfway through. Be very careful not to over cook.
Let the nuts and seeds cool before commencing with the rest of the trail mix, especially if you’re using chocolate chips!
Instructions for the trail mix:
Combine all of your ingredients in a large bowl. Gently mix together with your hands.
Separate into airtight containers, preferably glass, and store in a cool dark space.
Inspo for eating it:
A handful when you’re feeling a grumbly tummy
¼ cup topping your yogurt parfait
A sprinkle on top of your salad