I love it because it's filling and it makes me feel like I'm getting a treat without stuffing my face with cake or ice cream. Though I've been known to have cake or ice cream AND trail mix.
I also love it because it's one of those things that you can make with almost anything that you have on hand. And it's easy to make a ton.
Here's how to make trail mix.
What you'll need:
Nuts (I usually opt for salted dry roasted and cashews)
Dried fruit (bananas and cranberries are my fave. I hate raisins, which is the whole reason I started making my own in the first place. But obviously you can use those too).
Dark chocolate chips
White chocolate chips
Banana nut Cheerios
Peanut butter chips
What you'll do:
I usually start with a cup of each of the ingredients and put it all in a Ziploc bag. Give it a good shake so everything gets mixed it. You can add more ingredients if you like or make a bigger batch. I usually don't fill the bag more than 3/4 of the way full because that's too much for us to eat in one sitting and the Cheerios will start to go bad after about a week.
I often make two different batches as well. Mr. T isn't a huge fan of the dark choco chips or the dried cranberries. He prefers butterscotch chips. So that's another add in/option as well.
Why I love this: It's great to grab when I'm craving something, but don't know what to eat or don't feel like making a snack. It's also awesome to throw in those grown up lunches.
Bonus tip: Add some mint marshmallows or mint choco chips for a little holiday fun.