Trail mix is an awesome thing to have in your bag for when you are needing a little pick me up or are starving for a little snack. It’s also a great one for little fingers as a snack when out and about or as an energy hit for your bouncing teenagers. Perfect to hit the spot for those breast feeding Mumma cravings too! I like to make a big batch of this every so often and keep it in the pantry in a glass jar. It’s super simple to make but the soaking and dehydrating does need some time. Nuts and seeds are great foods; they are rich is good fats and proteins although nuts contain enzyme inhibitors so thats why many cultures soak them before they are eaten. Soaking them; activates them, wakes them up, brings them to more of a live food state and absorption of nutrients, minerals and proteins is much higher. It also gives them more crunch, I think they taste way better! You can learn why soaking your nuts and seeds is so important here.
RECIPE: Activated nut & seed nibble mix
1 cup almonds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sultanas
1/2 cup inca berries
Into separate bowls or jars, place the nuts and seeds with a pinch of salt in each. Fill with water to cover seeds and allow to sit overnight or for 24 hours to activate.
Once time is up, strain and rinse the nuts and seeds very well, until water runs clear.
Place nuts and seeds onto trays and into the dehydrate to dry out (not cook) for 12 hours. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can use the oven on very low heat with the door open. Just keep in mind that you have to dry them out well as, if not, they can go mouldy.
Once the nuts and seeds are dry, mix together with your sultanas and Inca berries and store in an airtight container and jar for whenever you need a nibble.