I LOVE snacks, and while my little guys are too young for back-to-school season, I can never have too many healthy treats for on-the-go (especially for myself!).
If you want to turn this into a true trail mix with dried fruit, dried cranberries or chopped apricots are really complementary with the pistachios, buttery almonds, and chocolate. I'm not too much of fan of when the fruit adds moisture to the nut mixture, so add them right before serving to keep it tasting fresh.
Why Marcona Almonds? Marcona almonds are from Spain, and they have a rich, buttery flavor. They are more rounded than California varieties, and are similar to macadamia nuts. They have a sweet, delicate flavor that makes the chocolate really pop.
Why Pistachios? Pistachios are rich in vitamin B6! Vitamin B6 is important for blood sugar regulation and the formation of hemoglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen in red blood cells. Per ounce, pistachios have more potassium than half of a large banana. They are chock-full of healthy protein, fiber, and antioxidants.
Marcona and Pistachio Snack Mix
Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free, Vegan
1 cup Marcona almonds
1 cup Pistachios, shelled
1/3 cup Lily's sugar-free chocolate chips
1/4 cup dried cranberries, optional
Mix ingredients together, add in dried fruit if desired. When looking for a healthy dried fruit option, try to find ones without added sugars - the one linked to the recipe is actually sweetened with apple juice instead of refined sugar. This snack mix lasts without fruit in a sealed container for over a week, but it might not last that long once it becomes a staple snack!