CF, DF, EF, GF, GRF, MF, NUTF*, SALF, SOYF, SUF, YF
*NUTF= replace 1 cup nuts with 1/2 cup each soaked pumpkin & sunflower seeds
Spread the seeds/nuts on mesh sheets in the dehydrator. Spread the banana slices on a mesh sheet and if using fresh blueberries and mulberries, also dry them on mesh sheets. Dry at 115F for several hours to overnight until fully dried. Add altogether with the coconut flakes and carob/cacao nibs and store in a glass container with a tight fitting lid or consider using vacuum sealed plastic bags (up to you). Store in the pantry for 6 months up to 1 year.
Nb. If using dried blueberries and mulberries, then once the nuts/seeds and banana slices have been dried, simply mix them with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl before storing.
Making your own trail mix is a heck of a lot cheaper than buying from stores. Plus, you can customize and personalize your mix with your fave ingredients :)
Another thing: even organic trail mixes often contain added oil and sugar, which you don't necessarily want or need.
Yet another issue about trail mixes are the nuts, that is, if you have nut allergies, many do contain at least one if not a variety of tree nuts. Allergies aside, nuts (and seeds) contain enzyme inhibitors that can cause bloating and gas in some people, so using soaked nuts/seeds is another added benefit and why making your own trail mix is a great idea :)
If you happen to own a dehydrator, drying mango, apricot, banana, strawberry, kiwi and apple slices (sliced thinly), as well as whole blueberries and cranberries, is well worth the while compared to buying them from stores--- for example, dried blueberries are crazy expensive, cranberries often contain sugar and kiwi slices aren't so commonly found in trail mixes.
The recipe provided here is really a basic idea: use 1-2 cups seeds/nuts then add about half the amount of dried fruit. This recipe is therefore extremely versatile in that you can add in any fruits that you want. For example, low glycemic mulberries are used here, but if you can't find them, you could sub in raisins or goji berries or anything you like (like the dried fruit ideas mentioned above). Adding in anti-oxidant rich cacao nibs or unsweetened carob chips can also offer some fat to keep you feeling full and going while out and about, as can shredded coconut or coconut pieces.
If you'd like to omit the nuts, consider replacing them with an equal amount of seeds (e.g. 1/2 cup each pumpkin and sunflower seed).
Note that sunflower seeds contain a thin "skin" on them, which has a slightly bitter taste. If you want to remove the skins, get a really big bowl when you soak them and add water almost to the top of the bowl. Before you drain them, rub the seeds between your fingers, wait a few seconds, and you'll see these papery bits floating on the surface of the water. Get out a sieve and scoop those skins out (they are compostable). Rub the seeds 1-2 more times to remove more skins floating on the top of the water/do more "fishing" before draining off the water and rinsing them well.
Final note: of course you can add spice! Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice can be a welcome flavoring to your trail mix, as can maca and/or mesquite to give your trail mix a caramely feel (1-2 tsp should be fine). Simply add to a bowl with the nuts/seeds and fruit before spreading on the sheets in the dehydrator. You can also use a water bottle and lightly spritz the ingredients with water so that the powder(s) will adhere.
Have fun customizing your own trail mix and...
As always, Enjoy :)
CF= Corn Free DF= Dairy Free EF= Egg Free FF= Fat Free GF= Gluten Free GRF= Grain Free MF= Meat Free NUTF= Nut Free SALF= Salt Free SOYF= Soy Free SUF= Sugar Free YF= Yeast Free
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