August 30th is “National Trail Mix Day” and we want to make sure you are prepared with your very own trail mix. We tirelessly searched the internet looking for the perfect trail mix recipes for back to school and we found two that we think will work from yummly.com. The first one is a “School Fuel Trail Mix” from thenutritionadventure.com and the second recipe is “Trail Mix No Bake Cookies” from a-kitchen-addiction.com.
For the School Fuel Trail Mix:
¼ cup Walnuts
¼ cup Banana Chips
2 tbsp. Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries
1 tbsp. Raw Pumpkin Kernels
1 tbsp. Salted Sunflower Seeds
Combine all ingredients into an 8-ounce container.
Shake to mix.
For the Trail Mix No Bake Cookies:
1 cup Sugar
¼ cup Unsweetened Baking Cocoa
½ cup Butter, Melted
½ cup Milk
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
3 cups Rolled or Quick Oats
1 ¼ cup Trail Mix (suggestion: almonds, cashews, peanuts, M&M’s and raisins)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
Stir together sugar, baking cocoa, butter and milk in a large saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium heat.
Boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
Remove from heat.
Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
Stir in oats until combined.
Add trail mix and stir again until combined.
Drop batter by heaping tablespoons (an ice cream scooper will work) onto the prepared baking sheet.
Gently press to shape into a cookie (can use the back of a spoon or your hand).
Top with additional M&M’s, if desired.
Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.
Keep them in a cool place to store them.
Note: The cookies will appear “loose” when you scoop them on the baking sheet, but as the cookies cool, the oats will soak up the moisture and “solidify”.
Make one or both trail mixes and pack them for a quick healthy snack. An easy treat for anytime of the day.