Try This Delicious Duo of Trail Mix Treats

Oftentimes, snacks are oh-so-tasty but not-so-good for you. One exception, which has become more popular in recent years with the trend of health-conscious food, is trail mix. Hikers and other outdoorsy people love it because it provides a healthy source of energy. But it’s also quite delicious and provides a seemingly endless variety of ingredients, including nuts, seeds, fruits, and granola.

Perhaps best of all, making your own trail mix is easy! Whether you enjoy sweet or salty sensations, the recipes below will excite your taste buds—and provide your body a healthier snack to keep you satisfied.

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Savory Nut-Free Trail Mix

Ingredients: 

  • ¾ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1½ cups plantain chips
  • ¾ cup baked chickpeas
  • 2⅓ tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, plantain chips, and baked chickpeas in a bowl. Evenly mix olive oil through the ingredients. Add the cayenne powder, chili powder, garlic powder, and sea salt; coat evenly.
  3. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet, and bake for 12-16 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring halfway through. Remove from heat, and let the trail mix cool for 20 minutes before serving.

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Sweet n’ Salty Chocolate Drops

Ingredients:

  • 1½ tablespoons almonds
  • ¾ tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Combine the almonds, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries in a bowl to make the trail mix.
  2. In a separate bowl, melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, and stir occasionally. Add time if needed.
  3. Lay out a piece of wax paper and, using a spoon, pour the chocolate in quarter-size circles onto the paper.
  4. Pressing lightly, lay the trail mix onto each of the chocolate drops.
  5. Allow each of the drops to harden, about 45-60 minutes. For quicker results, you can put the drops in the refrigerator.

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