Monday, August 19, 2013

Chocolate-Drizzled Trail Mix

This could be a potentially dangerous recipe for some. Okay, by some I mean me. I learned a long time ago that when it comes to granola, snack mix, etc... I have a hard time stopping! I made this one at my kids' request, however, and when they show an interest in food I try to accommodate.

They chose a trail mix at Whole Foods on our way to Cape Cod, and asked why I never usually buy the stuff. Of course I explained the economics and nutrition behind the "why not," and promised I'd show them how to make their own healthy trail mix at home.

This one could clearly be made without the chocolate drizzle, but then you wouldn't really need a recipe! Just throw some nuts, seeds and dried fruit together and mix. So I thought I'd get a little fancy and appease my kids' sweet teeth (is that even the plural of sweet tooth? It sounds funny...)

I put our trail mix in a couple of mason jars, and stored it in the fridge to stop the chocolate from getting too soft. And so far I've done a pretty good job of keeping myself from diving in face-first!
Chocolate-Drizzled Trail Mix

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or chips
3 cups total mixed raw nuts or seeds
1 cup total dried fruit
1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate
1/2 tbs. coconut oil
generous sprinkle of sea salt

Cover a baking sheet with wax paper, parchment or a Silpat liner. Mix dry ingredients on the sheet and stir around with your hand to mix up.

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave or on the stove top until smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle the mixture over the baking sheet, then stir to distribute it.

Sprinkle with sea salt and place in refrigerator until chocolate has hardened. Break into chunks.

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