Alright so now that you guys know who I am, its time to get to business. Now I'm not the inventor of this recipe, so I must give credit where credit is due.
So as you've probably figured out (and possibly lamented) going paleo eliminates a lot of sweets from your diet, so of course you are going to want to find ways to satiate that desire. Dark chocolate is great but sometimes you want something which you can eat a bit more.
Enter sweet and salty trail mix.
What you see on the plate to the right is pretty much all you need. I purchased all of this stuff from the bulk section of the grocery store, with the exception of they honey, which was made by my friends grandparents. So we've got:
- 1/2 cup preheated oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- 1/2 cup raw chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup raw chopped pecans
... if you haven't figured out by now all these ingredients are half a cup...
- Dried cranberries
- Dried apricots
- Sunflower seeds
- Flax seeds
... and to throw your portions off a bit...
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
So get a bowl, put all the nuts and fruits and spices together, except for the honey. Only use half of it at this point.
Mix with a wooden spoon, metal spoon, whisk, hand, pen, whatever you've got... my only stipulation is that if you use a pen make sure the cap is on because ink is not on the ingredient list.
Take a pan and line it with wax paper or parchment paper. Add all your ingredients and put in the oven for 2-5 minutes, to toast the top. Remove it from the oven and add the rest of the honey, allowing the mix to cool for a little bit.
Pop it back in the oven for another 5 minutes taking it out a few times to stir it up.
I know that you're going to be eager to taste it but make sure you let it cool sufficiently instead of scalding your tongue with molten hot honey/nut napalm. You will enjoy it best if your taste buds are not patients in your mouth's burn ward.