gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, soy-free, sugar-free
My first post. Energy trail mix. What an interesting pairing: my inauguration and my addiction. But isn’t that how all beginnings should begin? A good beginning should be a potential addiction… “addiction material,” if you will. A good beginning is a haunting melody, an energetic pull, an exchange of magnetic looks and inviting words. A song, a destination, falling in love. All have the potential to be an addiction, an obsession, and each one equally has the potential to be so good for you. That is this trail mix.
No, really. I have serious issues sharing this with anyone. I hoard it. I have a friend who sometimes asks for the banana chips as I’m eating it, and I usually hold the bag open towards her to share while suppressing the urge to hug it and shout, “No! That’ll ruin the bouquet!” Then I usually think something along the lines of: could I BE a bigger loser? I’m talking about energy mix as if it’s a fine wine. I take a deep breath. I accept the fact that I am an addict. The bigger issue is that I’m absolutely fine with that.
The truth is: many beginnings fail to be addictions, and alas, they are suddenly premature endings. So, yes. This is an inauguration and an addiction… and I guess that’s not so interesting after all. In fact, there’s nothing interesting, curious, mysterious about it. I invite you plainly and most directly: please do get addicted.
This is a beginning. For you. For me. For us.
Energy Trail Mix:
1/2 cup roasted, salted almonds
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw brazil nuts
1/2 cup unsweetened banana chips (I find mine at Whole Foods)
1 cup pecans
1 or 1 1/2 cups flame raisins (often called “chilean” or “jumbo”)
1/2 cup dried apricots
1. Preheat oven to 400˚
2. Mix almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, banana chips, apricots, and flame raisins in big bowl with a spoon.
3. Roast pecans in oven for 7-10 minutes (or until fragrant). Add pecans to mix once cool.
Notes: I like roasting the pecans myself because it gives them more flavor that way. I like the flame raisins because they’re bigger and make the ratio to nuts more tasty! I’m weird because I actually have advice on HOW to eat this… but seriously, try this: 2 raisins with a pecan and a banana chip. And try substituting the pecan with almonds and walnuts. Heaven! Also: raisins or an apricot with a brazil nut. SO GOOD. Enjoy!