Gnarly Recipe: Chocolate Dusted Trail Mix

Staying properly fueled throughout the day is a key aspect of good nutrition. Whether you’re out on a full day venture in the mountains or just running between back-to-back meetings, having the right snacks on hand can make all the difference in how you feel and perform.

 

Even if you meal prep food for the week, those mid-day munchies can get the best of you. Instead of grabbing a sugary bag of pre-made trail mix or a handful of granola bars, try making your own snacks. This chocolate dusted trail mix is about as easy as it gets, and it’s packed with ingredients that are a perfect pick-me-up throughout the day. With a touch of natural sugars from dried cranberries and manuka honey, and over 45 grams of protein in a batch, it’s the cure for afternoon slumps. And, if you want to make this recipe 100% vegan, just swap out honey for maple syrup.

 

Making your own trail mix is also a great way to make your diet a little more eco-friendly. Instead of grabbing small single-use plastic bags of snacks, make this recipe in bulk and store it in a glass container. When it’s time to head out the door, just stash the amount you want for the day in a reusable bag.

Photo: Felipe Tapia Nordenflych

Easy chocolate dusted trail mix

¼ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup almonds

½ cup walnuts

½ cup cashews

½ cup unsweetened or apple juice sweetened dried cranberries

1 scoop Gnarly Vegan Chocolate Protein powder

1 tsp coconut oil

½ tsp manuka honey

Pinch sea salt

Photo: Felipe Tapia Nordenflych
  1. Place sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, cashews and cranberries in a large reusable bag.
  2. Heat coconut oil and manuka honey over low heat just until melted. Stir to mix ingredients together, and set aside.
  3. Pour one scoop of Gnarly Vegan Chocolate Protein powder into the trail mix bag. Seal and shake a few times to mix.
  4. Open the bag and pour coconut oil mixture inside. Add a pinch or two of sea salt, seal, and shake for 30 seconds or trail mix is evenly coated.
  5. Enjoy right away or save for later. Keep in the refrigerator for optimal freshness.

 

Makes about 2 ½ cups of trail mix.

Karen Williams

Karen Williams

Karen Williams is a freelance writer and outdoor food blogger based in Colorado. After being introduced to climbing during her 200 HR yoga teacher training in 2017, she's been obsessed with how the mind-body connection affects athletic performance. When she's not climbing splitters in the Utah desert, you can find her whipping up new plant-based recipes for her blog, Gritty Gourmet.

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