School is out, and summer has officially begun for us! We will soon be hitting the road to see family. On any road trip, I try to make some snacks that can stand the heat. Instead of buying ready made trail mix (which I just haven’t found one I like), I decided to make my own. The best thing about this recipe is you just dump it together and go. With the Redux theme being seeds this month, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to add 2 types of seeds to the mix.
This trail mix is bursting with nutrition. I used 3 different types of nuts: macadamia nuts, almonds, and walnuts. Nuts may help lower your risk for cardiovascular disease since they contain fiber, Vitamin E, Omega 3s, and phytosterols.
The seeds I choose to showcase, sunflower seeds and chia, have different nutrient profiles. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of Vitamin E, and phytosterols, that have a cholesterol lowering effect. In addition, they contain Magnesium, helping nerve and muscle function, as well as Selenium, a trace mineral important for the thyroid and endocrine system. Chia (Salvia hispanica) is actually a member of the mint family and native to Mexico. It is richer is Omega 3s than flaxseed and doesn’t need to be ground to get the benefits. One tablespoon provides 55 calories, 9 grams of fat (no saturated fat), 5 grams of carbohydrate, 6 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.
I chose these finely diced dried plums by Sunsweet. I love these because they are not sticky like regular dried plums and mix nicely with all the other ingredients. I also adore tart cherries for the fiber and sweetness they add to the mix.
To keep this mix bursting with flavanols, I chose Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs by Kopali Organics. Cacao nibs are what you find before it is processed into chocolate liquor or powder. It has a higher flavanol content than any other chocolate product. You can read more about the health benefits of chocolate in my Chocolate Roundup.
While I mentioned chia before, I should tell you I did not add it as a single ingredient. One of my all time favorite granolas is Nature’s Path Coconut Chia Granola. It’s like dessert to me. Nature’s Path is organic and you can pronounce all the ingredients on the label. 3/4 cup of this granola contains 270 calories, 11 grams fat, 36 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. It organic and non-gmo certified. In case you are wondering, I don’t get paid to say that.
Disclaimer: I don’t receive compensation for mentioning products above. I only mentioned items I find “Cart Worthy” and used in making of this recipe.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
- 1 cup Nature's Path Coconut Chia Granola
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
- 1/2 cup whole almonds
- 1/2 cup whole walnuts
- 1/2 cup diced dried plums
- 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs
- Measure out all your ingredients.
- Dump into a bowl and mix.
- Place 1/3 cup into individual snack bags for travel.