Sweet and Savory Cranberry Pecan Trail Mix
By: Bree Hester
Posted on: May 05, 2014
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The last few weekends have been spent on playing fields. Between soccer and lacrosse games for our three children, we have been running around to get from Point A to Point B. We love it, and so do our kids, but fitting a meal in between games can prove difficult. We want our little athletes to have energy to play, but also enough energy to be good cheerleaders for their brother and sister at the next game.
I have started stocking the car and sports bags with hearty trail mixes to get us through our busy day. A trail mix is incredibly simple to put together, and you can customize it to suit your tastes. I like my mixes to be sweet and salty, crunchy and chewy. I usually always have granola, cereal, nuts, and dried fruit. I like to make my own granola, but got the great idea to just cut some granola bars into little pieces one morning when I realized that I did not have any granola in my pantry.
My Slow Cooker Spiced Pecans are a staple in my home, and use them in this trail mix, but also in salads, and to eat alone as a snack. Feel free to use cashews, walnuts, or whatever nut you prefer.
IngredientsSweet & Savory Cranberry Pecan Trail Mix:, 5 Cranberry Almond Snack Bars, cut into small pieces, 2 cups Gluten Free Cereals - Cinnamon Heaven, 2 cups Slow Cooker Spiced Pecans (recipe follows), 1 cup pitted dates, 1 cup dried cranberries, Slow Cooker Spiced Pecans:, 1 pound pecans (or any kind that you like), ? cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon sea salt,
Sweet & Savory Cranberry Pecan Trail Mix:
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container.
Slow Cooker Spiced Pecans:
Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and toss gently to combine. Cook LOW, for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. When the sugar and butter has melted, and the nuts are toasted, pour out onto a foil lined baking pan and let cool. Pecans will keep for two weeks in an airtight container.