For Example: Curried Raisins, Peanuts & Banana Chips
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like trail mix, and frankly, if I ask 25 people what is IN trail mix, I’ll get at least 25 different combinations! There will be some common things, though. Most include raisins, some kind (or kinds) of nuts and some kind(s) of seeds, although that, too, varies.
Some include chocolate chips, some M&M’s, coconut, all kinds of dried fruit, multiple kinds of seeds and/or nuts. Most are just dumped in a bowl, mixed together by hand and eaten the same way – right out of the bowl by hand.
If you are going to make them, buy the ingredients in large quantities (it’s cheaper that way!) and make a ginormous amount of trail mix! Put a bowlful out and let everyone eat to their heart’s contents (remember nuts and seeds contain healthy fats, Omega-3 and other good stuff we need). The dried fruit is also good and lends some sweetness (but adds a lot of sugar – concentrated from the fruit as it is dried and then often sugar-coated!) and need I add anything about the chocolate chips and M&Ms? No, I won’t!
But what doesn’t go in that bowl can go into large, zipper-closured plastic bags and popped into the freezer! Next time you want it – it’s there ready to be poured out. And if you are packing lunches, just fill some snack baggies with a handful or so, and tuck it into the lunchbox or bag as a sweet surprise!
While the recipe I’ve included doesn’t look exactly like the picture above, it is one of my favorite blends.
Curried Raisins, Peanuts and Banana Chips Trail Mix
- 1/4 c peanut oil (or canola oil)
- 1-1/2 tsp. curry powder
- 1 c raisins (dark or white or a combination)
- 1 c salted peanuts
- 1 c dried (or freeze dried) banana chips
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. freshly scraped nutmeg
In a 10″ to 12″ frying pan over medium high heat, combine peanut oil and curry powder. Cook, stirring constantly, until curry powder darkens slightly. Add raisins and stir until raisins puff up, about 1 minute. Add peanuts and banana chips and stir until coated well.
Pour onto paper towels to absorb excess oil and with another paper towel, pat tops to dry.
Combine cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle lightly over mixture. and toss well. Pour into bowl to serve hot or allow to cool before serving
If made ahead, store covered in an airtight container or freeze.
Makes 3 cups or about 12 snack servings