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Berry Nutty Snack Mix

From grocery bag to table: 35 min.
Active prep time: 15 min.
Cooking time: 20 min.
Serves: 12

Nutrition Facts:

Portion: 1/4 cup
Calories: 182
Total Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat: 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.7g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 0mg
Carbohydrates: 18.5g
Total Dietary Fiber: 2.7g
Sugar: 9g
Protein: 4.5g
Percentage of Calories from Fat: 55%



1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Zest of one large orange
1 cup almonds (coarsely chopped)
1 cup walnuts (coarsely chopped)
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries


Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine honey, oil, vanilla, spices and orange zest in a large mixing bowl. Zip the orange zest. Stir in almonds and walnuts. Set aside. Mix oats and sunflower seeds on a large sheet pan (or cookie sheet with sides). Shake the pan to even out the oats and seeds. Bake for 4 minutes, carefully stirring the oats and sunflower seed mixture. Shake the pan and bake 4 minutes more. Carefully remove the pan from the oven and pour the hot oat and seed mixture into the honey mixture. Place a piece of parchment paper onto the sheet pan and scrape the oat mixture into pan. Use a spatula to spread the oats evenly on the sheet pan. Return to the oven and bake 5 minutes. Stir the mixture, evening it out again and bake for 5 to 7 minutes longer, until the nuts and oats are golden brown.

Remove the pan from the oven and place on a heat proof surface. Stir in the cranberries. Using a large spatula or rolling pin, firmly compact the oat mixture. Allow to cool on the pan. When the mixture has cooled, break apart and store in an airtight container.


Culinary Tip: Don’t forget to press the mixture down firmly with a spatula or a rolling pin, this technique helps to keep the oats, nuts and seeds together.

Quick Tip: Make a double batch, using two sheet pans. Freeze one batch in several airtight zip top bags for future nibbling.

Variation: Not a fan of cranberries, substitute dried blueberries, cherries, apricots or raisins.

More Heart Healthy Foods: Use this recipe as a topping for a blueberry crisp.

Storage Tip: Stores for up to a week in an airtight container.

Think Ahead: Have your ingredients on hand. Store nuts and seeds in the freezer to retain freshness.




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