Homemade trail mix is so easy to make !
My family loves it!
Especially the kind with dried fruit in it for added sweetness!
In fact, I have trouble keeping homemade trail mix on hand. I have finally begun to measure out for each person their allotment to eat. I am sure this sounds overly controlling, but with 9 people eating out of one bowl, well, you can just imagine the chaos!
Homemade trail mix makes a wonderful snack full of protein, minerals and fiber. I like to make large quantities at a time, after all, it is no more trouble to do a large batch as a small one and it lasts longer! As long as you start with soaked and dehydrated nuts, you are providing a nutritious and easily digestable snack for your family.
I like to vary the nuts I use – almonds, pecans, peanuts, even the raw mixed nuts I buy in bulk at a local store work great! Just be sure to store in an airtight container and the homemade trail mix will keep for quite awhile.
Since beginning my REAL food journey, I have learned the importance of properly preparing my grains and nuts so as to neutralize the phytic acid. Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient that binds with minerals in the foods we eat and prevents their absorption.
Guess what? Phytic acid is in the bran of all grains and in the hulls of all seeds and nuts! You can see why proper grain preparation is so important!
- 2 c [url href="http://myculturedpalate.com/blog/2013/05/13/how-to-soak-and-dehydrate-nuts/" target="_blank" title="How to Soak and Dehydrate Nuts"]soaked and dehydrated nuts[/url] These can be different combinations like pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews or simply a premixed mix.
- 1 c. raisins
- 1 c. apricots, (unsulphured) cult into quarters[br][br]Any dried fruit such as, raisins, apricots, blueberries, cherries, coconut … can be used.
- Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.