Trail Mix With Dried Cherries Recipe

Trail Mix With Dried Cherries RecipeWhen hiking the backcountry or venturing out for a stroll through nature, staying fueled up is essential. Trail mix is the perfect snack to take along hiking when a non-perishable food is desired. Combining dry ingredients in a sealed, protective container will assure that the mix will be long lasting through varied temperatures. Enjoy a basic all natural version or add a granola mixture for a touch of sweetness if desired.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Trail Mix With Dried Cherries Recipe

Things You’ll Need:
  • Large mixing bowl
  • ¼ cup each of the following: Dried tart cherries, whole toasted unsalted almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame sticks and raisins
  • 5 snack-size zippered baggies
  • Scoop
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Large cookie sheet
  • 6-quart rubber container with snap-on lid
 
Step 1
Measure out a 1/4 cup of each: dried tart cherries, whole toasted unsalted almonds,cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame sticks and raisins.
Step 2
Dump each into a large mixing bowl and mix lightly with a spoon or hands.
Step 3
Scoop out 1 cup of the mixture and place into individual baggies.
Step 4
Store bags in a cool, dry place.
Step 5
Take along on hiking trips or camping excursions. The mix is non-perishable and adjusts to most temperature changes.

Granola Trail Mix Addition

Step 1
Measure out 3 cups of rolled oats, ¾ cup of shredded coconut, ¼ cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of walnuts. Mix well in large mixing bowl.
Step 2
Combine ¼ cup of olive oil with the pure maple syrup in a small mixing bowl. Mix until a smooth combined texture is reached.
Step 3
Take wet ingredients and combine with dry.
Step 4
Pour onto a cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 60 minutes. Remove. Allow to cool completely.
Step 5
Break the granola into small bite size crumbles or pieces with the edge of the mixing spoon and incorporate into baggies of trail mix. Store remaining mixture in airtight containers.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
This trail mix will keep for up to 4 weeks in an airtight container, but eat immediately for maximum flavor and freshness. For less sugar content, use unsweetened cherries. This recipe can easily be converted to an organic mix by using organic and all natural ingredients. Fresh cherries can be substituted but will not keep as long dried and may cause mold growth.
 
This trail mix will keep for up to 4 weeks in an airtight container, but eat immediately for maximum flavor and freshness.
 
For less sugar content, use unsweetened cherries.
 
This recipe can easily be converted to an organic mix by using organic and all natural ingredients.
 
Fresh cherries can be substituted but will not keep as long dried and may cause mold growth.
 
Avoid high heat and moisture. Omit nuts for those with peanut or nut allergies.
 
Avoid high heat and moisture.
 
Omit nuts for those with peanut or nut allergies.

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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