As a school girl I was fussy about eating my breakfast at 6 am . I remember mom and dad both coaxing me to grab a little bite , but it was always a No . Winters was the time when dad would quietly put a handful of nuts in my school blazer pocket . They were always a mix of dried fruits and nuts .
As a young girl I never knew the importance of these nuts , I munched on them because dad would check the blazer the next day and get upset .After I got married my father in law would mix these dried fruits and nuts , pack them in jars and keep them in my room . Over the years I learnt how important these nuts are .
I grew older and now I make these jars and place them in my children ‘s room . Previously it was just a simple mix , but now we have so many innovative combinations . The taste of the mix changes with a different nuts and fruits , what I like is the addition of chocolate to these mixes , besides adding seeds too . Of course we can minus them when on a strict diet .
For today I have made a Trail Mix with roasted almonds , pecans , pistachios , pumpkin seeds , sunflower seeds along with apricots , candied hibiscus and finally blueberry centred chocolate.
For any Trail Mix one should follow a general ratio of 50 percent nuts, 30 percent dried fruit, 10 percent seeds, and 10 percent of fun elements . You can vary the quantities based on your personal preference and tailor your trail mix to your taste. You could even use up the little bits from your fruit and nut boxes .
These trail mixes are a wonderful source of protein as they have nuts which are high quality protein and are highly absorbable , making it easy for the body to process its nutrients . They have seeds which are a good source of fiber and protein . They have dried fruits which provide us with vitamins and minerals. Many of these vitamins act as powerful antioxidants in the body, strengthening our immune system . Also they have some fun elements like chocolate which is very important to get a kick from boredom :)) So let’s grab this mix .
Mixed Fruit Trail Mix
1/2 cup almonds , roasted
1/2 cup pecans , roasted
1/2 cup pistachios , roasted
1/2 cup peanuts, roasted
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup apricots , chopped
Handful candied hibiscus
1/2 cup blueberry centred chocolate
Preheat the oven at 170 C deg .
Roast all nuts till nice and crisp , it should take about 15 minutes, almonds take a few extra minutes .
Roast the seeds for just 5 minutes.
Mix nuts and seeds .
Let them come to room temperature , mix in the dried apricots and candied hibiscus.
Add in the chocolate .
Store in a airtight jar.