Easy Trail Mix
I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of soaking and dehydrating nuts prior to eating them, so I thought I would try it for the first time for my trail mix. I purchased all of my raw nuts and seeds at Whole Foods in the bulk section. It is much cheaper than buying a prepared trail mix. You also get to know every ingredient that went into it so you can stay away from secretly sweetened fruit, or nuts roasted with starch or bad oils.
Soaking the nuts and seeds breaks down the enzyme inhibitors that make it hard for our digestive system to process them. It also helps encourage the growth of positive enzymes which increases beneficial vitamins, makes them easier to digest, and enables your body to absorb the vitamins.
I followed the instructions on Raw-Food-Living to prepare my nuts, and dried them at 250 degrees for about 10 hours (I don’t have a dehydrator but really need one!). If you don’t have the time to dry them, you can roast them at 450 degrees until they are crispy (20-30 minutes), but it will roast away some of the nutrients.
|Ingredients (makes 4 cups)
1 cup unsalted raw cashews
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup sprouted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raisins (Golden or Thompsons)
1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life Brand, Gluten and Dairy Free)
1 teaspoon sea salt
Soak and dry your nuts according to the Raw-Food-Living site I listed above.
Mix all the nuts and seeds together. While they are still hot, sprinkle with salt.
Once cooled, add in raisins and chocolate chips.
Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place for a few weeks.*Omit Chocolate Chips for SCD and Paleo and add in dried bananas or cranberries! My dog waiting for droppings 🙂