Over the past couple weeks I’ve been trying my hand at making a proper raw unsweetened trail mix (take 1, take 2). During this process I’ve tried all sorts of different fruit and nut combos, my only criteria being any fruit included should be unsweetened and the seeds/nuts must be raw, also no peanuts allowed.
Every attempt was delicious and helped me hone my technique. Here are some of my findings.
- Using small pieces of nuts and seeds resulted in a mix that was difficult to snack on but great if you poured a little bit of milk over it and pretended it was cereal.
- Dried fruit needs to be cut into pieces comparable to the size of the nuts in the mix, otherwise getting a piece made chewing and quick snacking tricky.
- If you’re going to use a seed such as sunflower or pumpkin in your mix make sure to shake things up before serving each time as they like to settle to the bottom of the container.
- Walnut halves were too big, breaking them up gave a much nicer walnut to mix ratio
- A few shakes of cinnamon does wonders in regards to adding another layer of flavor to your mix.
- Try to vary the seed and nut sizes and textures and add fruit that contrast each other nicely
- I found the best ratio to be 3 parts nuts/seeds to 1 part fruit
- Pick a cheaper nut to be the base of your mix like almonds or cashews, then get half the amount of those for special nuts like macadamias/walnuts/pistachios
- If you’re going to use coconut make sure it’s nice large flakes and toast it beforehand
- Whole Foods’ bulk section is a custom trail mix utopia
Who’d have thought I’d have such an opinion on trail mix! Last weekend I went camping like I’ve talked about a few other times, for this trip I decided to have a go at making my best trail mix yet as I was about to actually be out on the “trail” and would need portable fuel for all the hiking we were about to do.
I can say with confident this was both the easiest and most delicious of all three mixes I made over the past month. I opted to skip the quick pan roast I did with the other mixes and instead just let the ingredients speak for themselves.
Ultimate Raw Mix
- 6 oz raw unsalted macadamia nuts
- 4 oz raw unsalted walnut pieces
- 4 oz raw unsalted cashew pieces
- 8 oz raw unsalted almonds
- 4 oz unsweetened dried mango cut into pieces
- 4 oz unsweetened dried cherries
Just dump everything into a bowl and give it a good mix, you’ll be left with something that looks like this. Raw, healthy, and delicious. I couldnt stop snacking on this one, everyone that tried it loved it. The macadamias and the cherries really helped mix things up and dried mango became my new favorite go to dried fruit. This combo just worked really well together. When I make it again I may add some pepitas or sunflower seeds just to add a seed and really round out the mix.
So go ahead, whip up some trail mix. It’s cheaper than buying the prepackaged stuff and you end up with a better healthier mix for you to enjoy with no extra added junk in it!