Whether on the trail or the road, you'll find that Countdown Trail Mix gives you a healthy boost of protein, healthy fat, and fruit, with just enough chocolate to make it a treat. Like all scratch recipes, this one lets you go as organic as you like.
My original recipe used M&M-like SunDrops for melt-proof chocolate highlights without the artificial colors. The colors in the pictures below come from beet juice, beta-carotene and natural caramel. They also have a purple-toned dark chocolate variety. This new plant-strong trail mix recipe uses Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips instead. Ghiradelli chocolate chips are less expensive and taste better than the certified dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free chocolate chips I've tried. (They're good but a little sweet and less chocolatey.) Of course, if you have a dairy alergy, then it makes sense to go with a variety that takes special care when making the chips.
Once again, you can see the benefits of cooking from scratch: go as organic or as local as your budget, resources, and tastes allow.
Countdown Trail Mix
The pictures show the melt-resistant SunDrop version, before and after shaking. I now always make the Ghiradelli version. It's so good we ate up the mix again before I could take pictures!
Active time: 3 minutes. Total time: 3 minutes 16 servins. Vegan if using dairy-free chocolate.
Combine all ingredients in a jar or bowl. Mix well. Top with a one-third cup measuring cup to encourage moderate portion sizes. Use a one-quarter cup measure if you prefer "heaping" servings.