Nuts and seeds make a brilliant snack unless you’re allergic, in which case this recipe is nut for you.
Seriously though, they contain a potent concoction of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats which work together to benefit your brain, heart, skin, hair, nails and waistline. Plus, they’re paleo friendly because people have been eating nuts, seeds and fruit since the cave man era.
I tend to have a mix of nuts, seeds and fruit every morning for breakfast. My favourites are almonds, pistachios, cashews, chia and pumpkin seeds; they taste great, power me through a workout and keep me satisfied until lunch. I’m not a fan of peanuts, damn that nut is salty, and sadly I am allergic to brazil nuts.
Furthermore, nuts and seeds are so versatile; you can soak them, toast them, bake them, try different seasonings, make granola, chia pudding, cookie dough, raw cake…..the list goes on. The easiest way to get more nuts and seeds in your life is to make trail mix.
It’s the perfect transportable snack whether you’re at school, work, or on a plane. Trail mix is also perfect for sprinkling on your breakfast to give it a nutritional boost. Baked or raw, you’ll definitely want more.
Serves 1-2/makes a small snack pot
2 tbsp of mixed seeds (pumpkin/sunflower/flax/sesame)
2 tbsp dried fruit (I used 1 tbsp goji berries 1 tbsp currants)
3 tbsp nuts (I used chopped almonds and cashews)
1 tsp desiccated coconut
½ tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp honey (optional/if baking)
Coconut oil for greasing baking paper (if baking)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, I like to halve the cashews and roughly chop the almonds but you can leave them whole if you prefer.
If you are baking the trail mix, preheat the oven to 180°c.
Line and grease a baking tray with baking paper and oil. Drizzle the honey over the trail mix and bake for 5-10 minutes.
Keep an eye on it, you want lightly toasted nuts and seeds and you don’t want the honey or the fruit to burn. The honey will bubble a little and spread through the trail mix adding sweet sticky deliciousness.
When you’re satisfied, remove the trail mix from the oven and allow to it cool. I baked mine for about 7 minutes and cooled for 5, before becoming impatient and sprinkling it on my smoothie bowl/jar.
Enjoy anytime of the day.
Well that’s it, I gotta run, cashew later. x
P.s Just a little tip: nuts and seeds can cost an almond a leg, I find it’s best to bulk buy them from places like real food source. And for some reason cashews and almonds are often cheaper in the ‘ethnic/world foods’ isle.