Monday, February 15, 2010

The Monday Recipe Blog

What a great Monday - How about a really healthy snack recipe - Healthy Pecan/Apricot Trail Mix

Here is a great snack to take to work or pack in your child’s lunch box. It’s super-healthy, combining dried fruit with pecans, coconut and oats, among other things.  It's a snack that you don't have to feel guilty about!

My mother had the best apricot tree in her yard.  Every year or so it would produce bushels and bushels of the best apricots I've ever tasted.  We froze as much as the freezer would hold, and had fried apricot pies all winter long.  Finally the terrific tree blew over in a huge Oklahoma wind. 

This mix is also great to take along on trips. Mix some up, put it in separate zip-lock bags and pass them out to your fellow travelers.

Here is the recipe for Pecan/Apricot Trail Mix….


2 1/2 Cups rolled oats

3 Tablespoons wheat germ

2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes, shredded

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 Cup chopped pecans

1 Cup apple juice

1/2 Cup dried apricots, chopped

Grease 3 baking sheets lightly with olive oil and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix in a large bowl the oats, wheat germ, coconut, pecans, cinnamon and apple juice.

Spread all of this out on the three baking sheets.

Bake 25 minutes. Stir once in a while, and remove when the mix is evenly browned.

Let cool, then stir in the dried apricots.

Store in an airtight container up to a month.

Tip: This can also be used as your morning cereal, served with milk or soy milk.

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