I live in the Pacific Northwest also known as the PNW and like every newbie that moved out west I CANNOT get enough of the breathtaking hikes and views surrounding Seattle. Other than spending hours searching through recipe blogs, I spend hours on the Washington Trails Association website searching for the next adventure beckoning from my backyard. Seriously, I love my Midwest roots, but I have never been as in awe of the city I live in as I have felt every day since moving to Seattle. One key snack to bring on any hike, especially the 8(+) mile ones around here, is trail mix.
I LOVE trail mix, it combines nuts, chocolate, and fruit…and I don’t even need to justify why I am indulging in chocolate as I “work out”. Please, who doesn’t enjoy munching on their favorite crunchy, nutty mix while looking over the picturesque outdoors. Actually you don’t need a view to enjoy this snack inspired by trail mix. This is the perfect treat after a sweaty gym session, to take to work, as a healthier post-meal dessert, or just because a girl wants to indulge in some chocolatey, nutty, goodness!
These trail mix balls were dreamed up after I spotted the recipe for No-Bake Energy Bites from Cooking Classy with a Sprinkle of Fancy. I’ve adapted the recipe to suit my cozy, autumn mood and what’s great is that you can easily change the nuts, fruit, and chocolate to match the season or depending on what you scrounge up in the pantry J
Note: When forming the balls, if the trail mix combination starts to stick to your hands, wash your hands and dry them well. Clean hands make it easier to shape the balls. Don’t worry you won’t lose too much batter!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Makes ~18 balls
1 C old-fashioned quick oats
½ C ground flax seed
½ C almond butter (or any nut butter)
1/3 C honey (or agave syrup)
½ C chocolate chips (I mixed white and dark chocolate, you can also use mini-chips)
¼ C chopped dried cherries (or any dried fruit)
¼ C chopped raw pumpkin seeds (or any nut)
- Place all ingredients in a medium-mixing bowl.
- Using your hands combine the ingredients until well incorporated. The almond butter and honey should act as a binding agent.
- Roll the trail mix blend into 1-inch balls (the size of a golf ball) and set aside.
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator so that balls firm up.