There are many interpretations of what makes a healthy snack. Big snack food companies would like you to believe that any packaged snack is healthy, just as long as it says Only 100 Calories on the wrapper.
But you and I are too savvy to fall for that.
See, we understand that for a snack to be truly healthy it needs to be made of real, unprocessed food. Anything with a package and a laundry list of ingredients just isn’t going to make the cut for us. We value our health, our bodies, our energy levels and therefore we believe that snacks should be wholesome.
The problem with most wholesome snacks is that most just don’t travel well. We need something that can be tossed into our bag, unrefrigerated so that we can retrieve it hours later when hunger strikes.Well, friend, this recipe is just the kind of snack for us. It’s wholesome, unprocessed, and filled with nutrients to power our day. And best of all this stuff tastes fantastic. With hints of sweet and salty, it hits the spot far better than a processed 100 Calorie Pack.
A couple of weeks ago I learned how to pop quinoa seeds. Check out how fun and easy popping quinoa seeds can be in this video. Popped quinoa seeds add a toasty flavor to this real food trail mix, as well as protein, iron, fiber, vitamins and minerals. That’s quite a lot of goodness packed into a tiny package!
1 teaspoon Chia Seeds, plus 3 Tablespoons filtered water
2 tablespoons raw honey, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
½ cup popped quinoa
1 cup sliced almonds, raw and unsalted
1 cup Macadamia Nuts, raw and unsalted
1 cup Pecans, raw and unsalted
1 cup pepitas, raw and unsalted
1 cup dried cranberries, unsweetened
½ cup sesame seeds
1 cup large Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
Mix the chia seeds and water in a small cup and set aside for 15 minutes, until it becomes gel-like.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously grease a baking pan with coconut oil.
In a small bowl combine the honey, extracts, coconut oil and chia seed mixture.
In a large bowl combine the quinoa, nuts, berries, seeds and coconut flakes. Mix in the wet ingredients until well combined.
Spread over the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, stir, and then bake for another 10 minutes until evenly golden.