This Energy Boosting Trail Mix with Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate is a healthy mix of nuts and seeds, plus dried cherries and dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s the perfect snack for the back-to-school rush or to pack in your work bag or purse when you’re on the go!
It’s back to school time for us this week! Yesterday was Julia’s first day of 1st grade. I know I’m stating the obvious, and the feelings of just about every mom with school-age kids, when I say, “How did that happen?!” Kindergarten just flew by. My favorite part of Kindergarten was watching Julia’s reading and writing progress, and I can’t wait to see what this year will bring. It’s so fun when she writes little notes for us and I love reading the stories that she writes in her journal.
William’s starting his second year of preschool, and he was so excited to go back to school on Monday. A few days before, he told me that he was ready to go back to school, and then each day after that he asked at bedtime if tomorrow was a school day. He missed his friends (and the sandbox!). I feel much better going to work knowing that he is happy at school.
Hannah is so lucky to get to spend time with her grandparents while I’m at work. It is such a relief to know that my baby is in good hands while I’m away. And that baby? She’s 7 months old already! She’s scooting (or army crawling) all over the floor these days. She gets up on all fours, and is working so hard to try to crawl. I’m betting it will be any day now that she figures it out. A few days ago, she learned how to go from her tummy to a sitting position, and was she ever proud of herself. The smile she gave me was priceless. 🙂
And me? Today is my first day back to teaching after the summer. I’m excited to get to know a new group of students and to be back at work with my colleagues. What I’m not excited about? 4:45a.m. wake-ups, packing lunches every night, and the dark evenings that will be here before we know it.
During this busy time of year we need quick snacks that we can throw in our bag on our way out the door or munch on at home during homework time. I’ve been reaching for a handful of this Energy Boosting Trail Mix with Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate when hunger hits and I need something easy to snack on.
This Energy Boosting Trail Mix is full of healthy nuts and seeds, plus some dark chocolate chips and dried cherries to make you feel like you’re treating yourself to something sweet too. I know I’m not the only one who craves a little something sweet to get me through the afternoon slump, right? With this trail mix, you get a taste of sweetness along with a protein-packed mix of nuts and seeds so you don’t crash from a sugar rush 30 minutes later.
I used raw almonds and walnuts in my trail mix, plus roasted and lightly salted cashews for a little hit of salt. The sweet-salty combo was just right. I debated about whether or not to add the toasted coconut to this trail mix, and I’m so glad I did. I love the flavor and texture it gives, and the little bits of toasted coconut that combine with the sunflower seeds are delicious!
I recommend making a batch of this Energy Boosting Trail Mix with Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate on the weekend, and then portioning it out into individual snack bags so it’s easy to grab when you’re on the go during the week. I find a heaping ¼ cup serving to be just right.
What are your favorite trail mix add-ins? Please share in the comments! 🙂
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup cashews (I used roasted and lightly salted)
- ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup dried cherries (or cranberries)
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- Place coconut flakes in a small skillet on the stove. Toast over medium-low heat, until lightly golden and fragrant, gently stirring often. This should take only 2 or 3 minutes; watch the coconut carefully so it doesn't burn. Let cool before mixing with other trail mix ingredients.
- Place toasted coconut and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl or storage container; stir to mix. Store trail mix in an airtight container at room temperature, or divide into individual portions in zip-top baggies. I find that a heaping ¼ cup is the perfect serving size. Enjoy!