I’ve always thought that trail mix does for your cupboard what a stir-fry does for your fridge: clears the random ingredients right out.
Last weekend, I decided it was time to make use of all the little bags that clutter my shelves and make a trail mix, which is inspired by one that Going Nuts, the good people who have a spot at the Calgary Farmers’ Market, used to make. I’m not sure why they stopped making their Chinook Trail Mix, but it’s a shame they did — it was my favourite.
This one resembles it closely, if I remember correctly. The only thing missing in mine is pumpkin seeds.
As for what’s in it, I threw in lots of peanuts, almonds and sunflower seeds (all of which were unsalted and roasted), shredded coconut, dried cranberries, raisins and yogurt-covered raisins (a slight raisin overload, I admit).
The yogurt-covered raisins are addictive and totally the best part of this trail mix. Whenever I eat the mix, it’s really just a hunt for the next piece of yogurt/raisin goodness. Kind of like how comedian Jim Gaffigan, in his hilarious standup about loving bacon, feels about bacon bits in salad: “It just becomes a game of find the bacon in the lettuce.”
I wish I could say that I filled the little bowl below, ate it and stopped there. But no. I proceeded to shovel handfuls of the trail mix into my mouth, straight from the plastic container I stored it in.
As a final step to making — and, in particular, eating — your own trail mix, I would suggest using a vacuum afterwards to clear the floor around you. Things get messy when you eat the mixture at top speed, a la Michelle.