a little snack for the road

I was trying to think of something snappy to call regular old trail mix for the title of this post, but I’m pretty sure I failed.  It’s cub scout day though, so you’ll have to forgive me.  Not a lot of spare time around here today to come up with creative titles.  Yes, I could plan a little better, but that’s another lesson for another post. 

ImageAnyway, back to trail mix.  My kids love peanuts are raisins, but I wanted them to branch out and add some other healthy snacks to their list or what they will eat — seeds to be specific.  So one day I made a batch of trail mix.  It was met with mixed reviews.  The peanuts and raisins were gone as were the chocolate chips I added, but many of the seeds were left behind.  Over time, less and less was left over, and now pretty much everything is eaten except for the occasional almond. 

The thing I love most about trail mix is that there is no set recipe.  I can throw in whatever I have on hand.  Here are my most common elements — peanuts, almonds, raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried mango (cut up in small pieces), pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, unsweetened dried coconut (the really big flakes), and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Yesterday I tossed in some white chocolate chips just for ducks, and it turned out to be a really fun addition.  Truth be told, I go pretty light on the chocolate — just enough to make it feel like a treat. 

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I don’t really have a set amount for everything.  I tend to go heavier on the peanuts and raisins because as I said the kids like them (and they’re way cheaper), but whatever floats your boat works.  I’d love some ideas as to what you would add.  Happy trails.

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