Cranberry Trail Mix



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Cranberry Trail Mix

I absolutely love this stuff!  It’s like having fruitcake but without all the cake!  :)     This makes a lovely gift when going to parties or for the holidays.  Just place in a pretty clear glass container and affix a pretty bow on top!  The batch pictured had both roasted and unroasted pumpkin seeds in it, as I had a few unroasted I wanted to use.   Sorry, this treat is not for Induction.

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5 oz. pumpkin seeds, hulled and roasted (I use salted😦 as I can’t find unsalted)

5 oz. sunflower seeds, roasted (I prefer unsalted)

2 oz. walnuts (about 28 halves), coarsely chopped/broken up

6 oz. fresh coconut meat, slivered thinly

4 oz. sliced almonds

6 oz. (½ bag) fresh cranberries, oven dried per this recipe

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 200º and spread thinly sliced coconut onto a sheet pan. Dry for about 1½-2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Remove from oven before coconut begins to brown!  You don’t really want to toast it for this recipe.  Remove from oven and cool completely.

Using liquid sweetener for the granular, follow the recipe for making dried cranberries (homemade craisins) as written.  I found this process takes right at 8 hours, so doing this overnight is good.  To save effort in future, you might want to go ahead and dry the entire bag of cranberries while you’re at it.  That way you can bag up and reserve the remaining 6 oz. for future use.  Remove fully dried  cranberries from oven and cool.  Toss all cooled recipe ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes about 6 cups, or twelve ½ c. servings.  Each ½ c. serving has:

273 calories

23.7 g  fat

10.7 g  carbs, 5.1 g  fiber, 5.6 g NET CARBS

9.5 g  protein

71.6 mg sodium


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