One of my favorite must watch tv shows is NCIS and it never fails that when USA Network is showing a marathon, I always get sucked in. What can I say, I think Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is hilarious and you know how I am about my crime dramas. One of the quotes that the USA Network always shows is Abby telling Gibbs that something is “more addictive than pistachios. Well, have you ever eaten just one pistachio?”
Well, I have to warn you that this Pumpkin Seed Cherry Trail Mix from Food Network’s Claire Robinson is way more addictive than pistachios. Not only is it healthy for you but you will find yourself grazing throughout the day on it. It’s super simple to make and I’m sure much healthier than, oh, let’s say a bag of Doritos. I added some dried cranberries I had lying in the pantry which was a nice addition to the cherries.
Now let’s see how long this super tall jar lasts in this household…
- 2 cups raw unsalted baby pumpkin seeds or pepitas
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 6 tablespoons pure Grade B maple syrup
- Coarse salt
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Toss the pumpkin seeds, almonds, and sunflower seeds with the maple syrup in a large bowl until evenly coated.
- Spread the nut mixure in a single layer on the lined baking sheets.
- Season with salt to taste.
- Bake for 20 minutes or so, stirring several times with spatula or wooden spoon, until just golden.
- Cool completely on the baking sheets, add the cherries and cranberries and toss to combine.
- Store cooled trail mix in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Trail mix should keep for a week or so (if it lasts that long.)
Slightly Adapted from Claire Robinson
Lining Up The Ingredients….
Thank God for Silpat! Everyone Into The Pool…
Mix, Mix, Mix
Store In Airtight Container, Preferably With Combination Lock… All Mine!
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