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roasted trail mix

A quick hello from vacation!  We’re currently in Costa Rica—thankfully—after quite the crazy day of travel.  It’s our first big trip since our honeymoon to Ireland four years ago.  Not counting trips home or the trip to Telluride Bluegrass Festival where we were camping with 8 friends + didn’t shower for 5 days straight.  This is a bit more luxurious, and we are loving it.  We’ve never gone on a beach vacay together either, making this extra special.  The main reason for the trip is our good friends Ann + Chris [from Denver] are getting married.  I’m so honored that they asked me to capture their big day in such a breathtaking location and also made it possible for us to come on this trip.  We couldn’t be any more thrilled to be here celebrating with their families, our friends, and Ann + Chris all week long.

And now for a little food…

I know what you’re thinking.

A recipe for trail mix?  Really?  Just throw nuts and fruit together and call it a day, right?

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Well, sort of.  You got the nuts + fruit part right but there are a few more ingredients and steps that make this a killer trail mix recipe.  Plus, the ratios are pretty important as well.  At least for me! 

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The most crucial part to this recipe is using raw nuts and roasting them in your own oven.  Sure you could keep them raw or buy pre-roasted nuts at the store, but roasting them at home is just that much better.

And in the last 5 minutes of roasting you add the flaked coconut.  Toasting the coconut is definitely worth your time.  If you’ve never had toasted coconut you are in for a treat.

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Instead of adding plan dark chocolate chips or chunks I decided to to use dark chocolate covered sunflower seeds.  The crispy crunch and slight chocolaty sweetness really brings the whole mix together.

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The type of dried fruit doesn’t matter so much.  Pick your favorite.  Any will do.

I decided to use raisins [my personal trail mix fruit favorite], chopped dried dates, and banana chips.

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Whenever I buy trail mix at the store there is typically one ingredient I don’t like which gets avoided as I eat my way through the bag. 

But not with this!

Each handful is the perfect mix of everything I love.  And hopefully everything you love too.  Feel free to customize this with your favorites.

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And now to the ratio part…

Print this!

Roasted Trail Mix

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1.5 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 12 dried figs, de-stemmed + quartered
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened banana chips
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375* degrees.
  2. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a large baking sheet and toss with the salt. 
  3. Roast for about 15-18 minutes turning once after 10 minutes.  The nuts should be golden brown.
  4. Add the coconut and roast for 5 more minutes, turning once half way through so the coconut browns evenly.  Keep a close eye on the coconut as it burns very quickly.  If it’s not roasted enough after 5 minutes, continue to roast until it’s to your liking.
  5. Let the nuts and coconut completely cool.  I placed them on a fresh pan and put them in the fridge to speed up the process.
  6. Once cool, add the other ingredients and mix together.
  7. Store in a sealed container or sealable bags.

notes: The salt definitely does not fully stick to the nuts after roasting.  It adds only a slight saltiness.  If you prefer a saltier mix I would toss the raw nuts with 1-2 Tbsp of oil and 1/2 – 3/4 tsp salt before roasting.

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The other great thing about making trail mix is that you don’t have to buy full bags of each ingredient.  If you have a bulk bin section in your grocery store it allows trail mix making to be easy + cheap!

I don’t know when the last time was that I actually made trail mix.  I typically stock up at Trader Joe’s when I’m back at home in Ohio.

Never again! 

Comments, emails, tweets, etc. will all be answered next week!  Thanks for your understanding.


Reader Comments (18)

Wow, the depth of field in the photo right before the recipe is stunning! Love it, and all of your photography! :)
September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon
Ratio is EVERYTHING! And I gotta say, I love the roasting step. Raw trail mix just doesn't float my boat!
September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @ Heather's Dish
Looks delicious to me! It's all in the little things... I'd much rather roast, or sweeten or salt something myself than buy it that way, I'm a bit of a control freak ;) love the addition of the coated sunflower seeds, yum!
So happy you are on a real vacation, it's certainly well deserved! Enjoy the beach <3
September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista @ Edible Balance
Oh my! Pics are so nice and crispy! Love this post. Hope you're having a treat time.
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia
again, love ur 2nd last pic. btw, thanks for adding 'similar posts' again :-)
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia
This trail mix has so much goodness in it! Yum!
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
I am always amazed at how expensive store bought trail mix is. It's soooo cost effective and easy to make on your own. This looks great Ashley!
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
I'm totally guilty of picking through trail mix bags to get my favorite things. Why on earth have I never just made my own?

Glad you're having a good time!!
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Such a great idea to make your own trail mix -- I hate raisins and certain dried fruits so I'm always picking them out! But I love the addition of cashews and pecans. Yummmm.
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
This looks delicious! And I LOVE dried figs. Which reminds me I have two unopened packages that need eating! :) Have a wonderful time in Costa Rica!
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
I went to Costa Rica for 2 weeks a few years back. Seriously, most beautiful place I have ever been to. It is the one place I think of that brings instant happiness to mind. So serene and peaceful. Have an amazing time!!
Oh. My. God. I love this recipe. I find myself always adding some trail mix to my cereals in the morning. Haven't found a rich one here in the UK yet! Amazing post, amazing recipe, amazing photos. As always! Hope you have an amazing time in Costa! X
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAna
Wow, those pictures are so beyond gorgeous!
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKylie @ immaeatthat
I love every ingredient in this trial mix, and I'm shocked that I've never mixed them all together before! I hope that you have a wonderful trip and are able to get a little R&R.
September 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @FoodSnobSTL
Making your own trail mix is DEFINITELY way better than buying it in a bag (and cheaper!). Your combination looks fantastic- especially the figs (of which I have a bag of....). I love the trail mix "bars" at Whole Foods. I can go a little nuts there. Glad you're having a great time on your trip- enjoy the rest!!
I spent an entire summer in Costa Rica learning spanish and traveling. Hope you enjoy, it is absolutely my favorite country ever!
September 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
you had me at the image with the fig in it. I can't get enough of figs in any form :) except I have never had figgy pudding. is that even made with figs? ack, tangent. anyways, i love this recipe for the trail mix! I have been thinking of making my own, and this one seems like you were lurking in the back of my mind. looking forward to making it!
September 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersonia the mexigarian
@Brandon - Thank you so much. Truly appreciated.

@Sonia - You're welcome!! I tried a few months back and couldn't get it to work but just gave it another go. I'm glad I got it working again as well!

@Ana - Thank you, Ana! I hope you enjoy this recipe if you decide to give it a go!

@Jenny - Wow, that sounds like a dream!!! How amazing!

@Sonia - Hmm, I've never had fig pudding either.
September 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley

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