Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Twist on Trail Mix

I recently found a recipe in my November Southern Living that I just love. It's a simple twist on trail mix that makes for a tasty little snack. Freshly roasted nuts mixed with maple syrup and chunks of dried cranberries and crystallized ginger? Sold!

Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Trail Mix

Recipe via Southern Living November 2013

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread a single layer of the following nuts on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet: 1 cup raw pecan halves, 1/2 cup raw cashews and 1/2 cup raw almonds. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant. Remove from oven and place in a bowl. 

Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees. 

Bring the following to a rolling boil in a saucepan over medium heat: 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg and a pinch each of ground cloves and table salt. Drizzle hot mixture over nuts; tossing to coat. 

Spread nut mixture on the parchment lined baking sheet - bake for 25-30 minutes, until glaze begins to harden. 

Spread mixture onto lightly greased parchment paper and cool completely.

Transfer to a bowl and stir in 1/4 cup each dried cranberries and 1/2 thick crystallized ginger slices. 

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