High protein fall trail mix is a perfect grab and go snack that is good for you and great tasting.
I am a grazer. I prefer to snack during the day versus sitting down to a big meal 3 times a day. You will find me running around the house in the morning with a piece of toast in my hand. I am just too busy to sit down and eat.
Snacking has gotten a bad reputation. Many folks think that snacks are not good for you and that you should cut them out of your day. I disagree with that.
Of course there are snacks that are not good for you – chips, candy, etc., but this trail mix is not one of them.
This high protein fall trail mix is a perfect snack, it is good for you and great tasting. The various nuts give you the protein necessary for energy and great brain function.
Did you know that nuts have been linked to lower cholesterol, better heart healthy, weight control and a lower cancer risk?
The Mayo clinic wrote a great article on nuts and your heart health. The article states that nuts are good fats, have Omega-3 fatty acids, full of fiber, have Vitamin E and plant sterols. You can read more by clicking on the Mayo Clinic link.
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup pistachios
- 1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1/3 cup cashews
- 1/3 cup whole almonds
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup dried cherries
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Add maple syrup to a large sauce pan and heat over medium-high heat until just beginning to boil. This will take 2 - 3 minutes.
- Stir in pumpkin pie spice, salt, and nuts.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until the nuts have caramelized and the syrup has reduced. About 3-5 minutes.
- Spread mixture in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and let cool completely. The coating on the nuts will harden as it cools.
- When the nut mixture has hardened, add cherries, cranberries and cinnamon chips to the pan, Mix well.
- Store in an air-tight container
Most of the nuts that I used were not salted. I do my best to not add a lot of salt to my foods. I did, however, use salted pistachios. I like the combination of salty and sweet.
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