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Trail Mix Blitz

Trail mix doesn’t require cooking, it’s nutritious, it’s a great way to get calories on the trail, and... hear this: it doesn't have to be bland. I’ve highlighted several different combination of ingredients here.  But, it’s really up to your liking and imagination. Mix and match in whatever combination turns you on.  The instructions are the same for any combination.

~600 calories / 4oz

Basic Californian    
1 cup raw pecans
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup M&Ms

Tropical Breeze
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup brazil nuts
1 cup dried mango
1 cup coconut
1 cup banana chips

Spicy Garlic and Onion
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cheyenne pepper

Marty Gras Mix
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw pecans
1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 tsp cheyenne pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt

Fancy Trio
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Toasted Treat
1 cup raw toasted pecans
1 cup raw toasted cashews
1/2 cup raw toasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup salted pretzels 
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Elvis Mix
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw peanuts
1/2 cup banana chips
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter chips

Wasabi Wonder
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup wasabi peas
1 sheet toasted nori cut into half-inch squares

At Home
Combine all ingredients.  Mix well in a large bowl.  Spoon into plastic baggies and seal.  Vacuum seal and freeze to keep fresh over longer periods. 

On the Trail
Not much of an intellectual challenge here.  Just open and pig out!

Tips
I find that it’s better to buy dried cherries than to dry them myself.  Pitting them can get quite messy and the cherry stain is nearly impossible to get out of anything.  But – bonus points for anyone who dries on their own!