Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Happy Trail Mixes

I love cookies. I absolutely adore really good store bought cookies, or home-made cookies from some old, secret family recipe. I can easily pass up cake, chocolate, ice cream, etc., but put a plate of fresh, home-made chocolate chip cookies in front of me, and I'm a goner.

So, now that I pretty much swear off cookies except for special occasions, I had to find a substitute for those times when I just really crave one.

The substitute I found is trail mix. It provides the "crunch" of a good cookie, and dried fruit provides the sweetness. If I'm tempting to hit the cookies, I just grab a handful of trail mix and I'm satisfied.

Now, most store bought trail mixes are loaded with all sorts of junk you don't need--such as salt and sugar. Plus, I like to keep my mixes "raw." So instead of store bought trail mix I just mix my own. It's easy. I just buy dried fruit, raw nuts and seeds, mix and viola--trail mix.

My favorite combination is raw pumpkin seeds, raw almonds, raisins and dried cranberries. I just mix it all in a resealable container (I don't use any measurements), and keep it in the pantry for those times I need something sweet and crunchy. I have to go easy, however, since nuts and dried fruits have a lot of calories.


  1. I'm impressed you analysed that it was the crunch and sweetness you liked about the biscuits and that you have looked for a replacement hit.

  2. Thank you. I'm a former smoker, and when I was trying to quit I realized that what was really holding me back was that I didn't know what to do with my hands in certain situations when I didn't smoke. I replaced the cigarette with a bottle or glass of water, and quitting became much easier.

    Maybe I'll expand this a little for a full fledged post.

  3. Cookies are one thing I won't give up. I allow myself a handful (depending on the size, that can be 1 or 4 -- or more). But they must be homemade or really good store bought, which are hard to find in my area.

  4. Oh, and my hands are pretty small. LOL