One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced lately has been finding healthy snacks. This is especially true when my daily 3:00 chocolate craving hits and there I am, trying to focus on work with the only options nearby a candy machine and tube of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies I hid in the office freezer. And sadly, neither presents a healthy choice to squash the craving.
Enter trail mix. I used to make this nut, dried fruit and chocolate mixture all the time, then sadly let it fade from memory.
It’s back now with a new twist: dried cherries! I found them during a recent outing to Costco, otherwise known as my excursion of random purchases, and thought the sour cherries would make a great substitution for my standard dried cranberries and work just as well with the almonds, peanuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
The dried cherries are delightful. They’re a little sour, a little sweet, and much larger and chewier than the cranberries and hold up better next to the whole almonds.
My work station is going to be such a happier place this week.
Here’s the recipe/ratio for this healthy, go-to snack:
Sour Cherry Trail Mix – makes 3 cups
1 cup whole roasted unsalted almonds
1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup dried sour cherries
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Combine all the ingredients together. Mix well and enjoy!