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Blueberry Maple Walnut Trail Mix

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There are some things that I just can’t bring myself to buy in the store. Pancake mix is one of them and trail mix is another. It’s just one of those things that is loaded with calories and sugar and is marketed as healthy. Seriously, how is something with M&M’s in it mistaken as a healthy snack? That’s why I decided to make my own at home.

I tried a new technique for this recipe. I dried blueberries in the oven, and it turned out really great. I also used walnuts because they have a high omega-3 counts and a whole host of research about their health benefits. I find these three studies especially interesting.

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Blueberry Maple Walnut Trail Mix

Servings 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. 

  2. Place blueberries on a baking sheet and bake for at least 2 hours. The blueberries will be shriveled and mostly dry at the end of the baking process. During the last ten minutes of baking, place the walnuts on the baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven and let everything cool (and the blueberries will dry even further during the cooling process).

  3. While the blueberries cook, combine the oats, walnuts, maple syrup, vegetable oil and salt in a small bowl. Mix until well combined. 

  4. About an hour through the blueberry baking process, take the pan out of the oven. Lay the oat mixture on the same pan and continue to bake for another hour. 

  5. After everything is done, combine the ingredients in a bowl. 

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    hungryhobby
    August 30, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Ha ha I always see trailmix at the store with straight up candy in it and I think yum I should buy that, then I realize candy would be more satisfying! I’d feel so much better about teating this healthy energizing version!

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    Healthy Trail Mix Recipes | Reader's Digest | FINDER TIPS
    September 23, 2017 at 10:42 am

    […] Courtesy Natalie Rizzo of Nutrition a la NatalieWhereas store-bought versions of trail mix are usually loaded with sugary ingredients, like sugarcoated dried fruit, chocolate and M&M’s, this homemade trail mix uses fresh fruit, omega-3 rich walnuts, and a touch of maple syrup, to keep the calorie and sugar count low. Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, of Nutrition à la Natalie, shares her go-to mix, which features dried blueberries for a touch of sweetness. And, this recipe teaches you how to dry fruit in your very own oven without any sugar required. “Basically, just set the oven to a low temperature and let the fruit dry over the course of two hours. It’s extremely simple and lets the fruit shine without any sweetener needed,” says Rizzo. And, she picks walnuts for choice of nut, here. “Walnuts are rich in omega-3’s (here are a few other omega-3 sources to choose from), which lower inflammation, and research indicates that you only actually metabolize a portion of the calories in the nut. Essentially, the study found that one serving of walnuts actually contains 146 calories, which is 39 calories per serving less than the 185 calories listed on the label. And by using unsalted nuts, you’re staying away from unwanted sodium,” she explains. Get the full recipe. […]

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