FALL TRAIL MIX: APPLE PIE
By: Margot Rutigliano
It is officially Fall and while we’re still experiencing warmer temps down in South Florida at our fitness retreat, the humidity has dropped and we’re able to enjoy lighter air and crisper mornings. With fall comes the inclusion of fall flavors everywhere. Whether it’s pumpkin spice, cinnamon, apple, date or fig, fall flavors are being seen in coffees, protein shakes, dessert and snacks. So to go along with the season and all of the delicious flavors, we decided to create an awesome Apple Pie Trail Mix. It’s packed full of healthy goodness. It is gluten free and just the perfect amount of salty and sweet.
Apples are a incredibly healing food. This is one of the main reasons why we used apples for this trail mix instead of a different fruit. While a full, non dried apple will contribute to hydration, these organic dried apples still contain many benefits that you can enjoy.
Benefits of Apples: Anti-inflammatory, rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, contain pectin which is like an “intestinal broom” and helps to sweep out debris from the colon, immune boosting properties, highly alkaline, detoxifying properties, contain malic and tartaric acids that help remove impurities from the liver and gall bladder and more! Full apples also have the ability to quench thirst at the immediate and cellular-level of thirst.
LIST OF INGREDIENTS:
1 cup dried apples (organic if possible) chopped
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup Udi’s Vanilla Granola (gluten free)
1/4 cup toasted coconut chopped fine
*Optional: Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg if you’d like!
*Adjust the amounts as you see fit. You may prefer more apple or less of another ingredient so play around after tasting it and adjust to your liking!
HOW TO MAKE APPLE PIE TRAIL MIX
First, you’ll want to chop your ingredients. You’ll want to get prepared first. Chop the dried apples, salted pecans and toasted coconut so you’re ready to go with those ingredients.
Second, toast your pumpkin seeds. The toasted pumpkin seeds add depth and a warm, toasty element to the trail mix which gives it that pie crust kind of taste. Use your favorite frying pan or pan of your choice and turn it to medium. Add in the pumpkin seeds and toast (turning every minute approximately so you don’t burn them). It took about 5-7 minutes for ours to toast but may vary depending on pan and stove top. Allow the toasted pumpkin seeds to cool completely before adding into mixture.
Mix all of your ingredients together. Add in the apple, cooled pumpkin seeds, salted pecans, Vanilla granola and toasted coconut and mix until fully incorporated. Add a touch of sea salt to taste on top!
Store in a cool, dry place for up to a week. We packaged them in small baggies and used them as grab and go snacks! Apple pie trail mix is a perfect option to meal prep for the week’s snacks. Plus, it’s full of fall’s yummy flavors.
If you have any questions about this recipe, please leave them in the comment section below.
Margot + The Vita Vie Retreat Team