Dec 14, 2012

Sunshine Trail Mix


There are so many reasons to make this trail mix:

1. Who couldn't use a little "Sunshine" in their lives? ;)

2. It's fun and simple to make. It's something the kids can help with, even the little ones.
3. It's yummy: crunchy and chewy, sweet and salty.
4. It's relatively healthy.
5. It keeps well, travels well, doesn't require refrigeration. One of my taste-testers stashes this trail mix in her desk at work.
6. It's pretty! :)
7. It's versatile- you can adjust the ingredients to meet your needs. Use unsalted nuts, for instance.
8. It's fairly eco-friendly. The packaging is reusable and recyclable.
9. It would make a great little gift: tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar, and you're done!

I used Ball brand wide-mouth pint size canning jars. They hold about a cup and a half of trail mix.


Sunshine Trail Mix  Print Recipe

Makes about 9 cups

7 oz. whole almonds (I used dry roasted)

7 oz. shelled pistachios
1 package golden raisins (9 oz.)
1 jar sunflower kernels (6 oz.)
1 package (5 oz.) dried cranberries (I used Craisins)
1, 12 oz. package dark chocolate chips (or chips of your choice)

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container. Or pour into jars and give as gifts!






Another fun gift-in-a-jar idea:
Homemade Taco Seasoning


Both recipes may have been taken to these great parties!


31 comments:

  1. I love how colorful this mix is! and the title of it - just looking at it brightens my day like sunshine. I love your photography! It's gorgeous. And trial mix is my weakness, I can never stop munching on it!

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  2. Emily, I am a sucker for anything pretty...I love the colors in this trail mix, too! :)

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  4. Thank you, Sally! It is kind of addictive...but at least it's on the healthy side! ;)

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  5. Oh, my goodness. I could snack on that all day! I'm so happy that you visited and linked up at One Creative Weekend at OneCreativeMommy.com. The next party starts tonight at 8:00 PM MST. I hope you'll be back. (Pinned.)

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    1. Thank you so much! Oooh, another party? I’m there! :)

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  6. This looks so good! I wish I had some right now to snack on! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday Party!!

    Robyn from http://www.robynsview.com

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Robyn! Foodie Friends Friday is fun- thank you for hosting! :)

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  7. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back Sunday to vote.

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! I certainly will! :)

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  8. This looks so good! Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Going to share on my Walking on Sunshine Facebook page on Saturday! Don't forget to come back and VOTE on Sunday!

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Lois!! Thanks for hosting Foodie Friends! :)

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  9. Hi Joy, stopping by to let you know that I chose your trail mix recipe as my favorite from the Foodie Friends Friday link party. As a member of FFF Daily Dish I am passing along your recipe to be featured at the site on Monday. You will be able to find it here: http://www.foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com/ Thank you so much for supplying this recipe for all cyber customers of FFF.

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    1. Oh, Angie, thank you so much! You are such a sweetheart! Thank you for coming by, and for letting me know! Have a GREAT weekend!

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  10. How easy to put this together for a healthy snack. Thanks so much for sharing this.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

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  11. Thank you, Joanne- it's one of our favorites! Thank you so much for coming by! :)

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  12. Simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes.

    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

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    1. Thank you, Linda, and thanks so much for the visit! :)

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  13. Joy this is perfect for Emergency Preparedness.. Thanks for sharing it on the Daily dish. Pinning it to my EP board.

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    1. Thank you, Marlys, and thanks for pinning! I know I don't think enough about EP- thanks for the reminder! :)

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  14. G'day and beautiful photo Joy, true!
    Very healthy and could snack on some of this right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Joanne's Foodie Friends Friday - Let's Eat Healthy Party

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    1. Thanks, Joanne, it's one of our favorites! Thanks for coming by and for hosting FFF! :)

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  15. This looks tasty! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday linky party!
    Jenny
    www.inthekitchenwithjenny.com

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    1. Thanks, Jenny, and thank you for hosting FFF! :)

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  16. This trail mix looks so delicious! I love trail mix when we travel on the road. It's always a good snack for us...thanks for sharing!

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  17. Joy,

    I would love to make some of this trail mix and take it with me in the car. It seems like I always get hungry while driving. Maybe, it is because it is the only time I stop during the day long enough to eat.

    Anyway, this trail mix looks wonderful. I love the almonds, raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips, and more. Everything is my favorite!
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    I hope you are doing well. I have been thinking about you lately.

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  18. Perfect for camp, summer hikes and just any old time. Nutritious and delish! Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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  19. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes!!! I'm pinning and featuring this. Also, this weekend is Cold Summery Treat recipes.

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  20. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Sundays Down Under link up, Joy. I’ve pinned your post and look forward to trying that recipe soon!

    Best wishes and hope you can join in again this weekend.
    Natasha in Oz

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  21. This looks and sounds awesome! Thank you for sharing this recipe at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

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