Ah! You caught me. I haven’t decided yet, but it’s between these two:
National Trail Mix is a big deal, right? (In relative terms, but still.) I live in the mountains where people hike, swim, kayak, camp, drive Subarus and Jeeps with the doors off…and eat trail mix. We have lots of health food stores and even more health-conscious locals. I want this trail mix to be special. And even though my flavors don’t represent Virginia exactly, they represent me. When Nuts.com asked me to contribute a trail mix recipe to be in the running for best trail mix recipe, I got really excited! What a fun project. As it turns out it has been an awesome project that I muscled through last week even with a pushy cold and three boys home from school…oh and a pregnancy in its 8th month.
This morning while editing some photos, even my three year-old exclaimed, “I ate that trail mix!”. I’ve had friends and family taste test and offer opinions, and I’ve asked you, dear readers, to vote and help me narrow down my choices. Thank you!
I’ve got pros and cons for both. Aesthetically (and creatively) my inner artiste feels like the Cali Cool flavor is a little “plain” while the Seattle’s Best flavor is much more fresh and thoughtful in its flavors.
However, Cali Cool is, well, easier to eat. All of the bits are the same size, the flavors cohesive and simple. Seattle’s Best is for the foodie, for sure, what with those chocolate covered cherries & espresso beans.
Yesterday, in a moment of intense nausea, I reached for both bags to try to make my final decision. The result? Gut instincts aside, I think the Seattle’s Best has more to offer. Even my youngest (yes, the three year-old) was able to animatedly explain how much he liked the smoked sea salt almonds thrown into the mix. Specifically, he liked the way the residual smoky salt clung to the dark chocolate couverture of the dried Washington cherries. —his words. This was all taking place, by the way, during a particularly enticing episode of Chuggington.
So my winner is:
Here’s the recipe + where to find each ingredient available on Nuts.com. And by the way, while you’re on Nuts.com, play around. It is a super fun site with tons of options for snacking and stocking up on healthy foods. It will be my next go-to, especially when I’m looking for something special.
based on 1-2 servings. Double or triple the recipe for sharing.
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup toasted hazelnuts*
3/4 cup smoked sea salt almonds
3/4 cup dark chocolate-covered cherries, quartered or cut in half if big
1/4 cup cacao nibs
Combine in a bag or bowl and keep cool. Eat often & enjoy!
*I prefer to buy my nuts raw in bulk and toast them in large batches at home. I find that this is more cost-effective. Simply preheat your oven for 350 degrees F, spread out the nuts onto a baking sheet and roast/toast for 7 minutes, 4 minutes for seeds like sunflower and pumpkin.