Did everyone have a wonderful 4th of July???  I hope so!  We rolled it all into a 4 day weekend and went out to our fam’s cabin.  Was great to relax but if anyone lives in Eastern Washington or northern Idaho… How are you all surviving the pollen in the air right now???  I wouldn’t describe any of us as being allergy prone and yet, we all felt like we were in foggy-headed allergy comas!

Regardless, I did lots of reading in a hammock, hiking, and cooking over a campfire!

But, to get to the cabin, we had a very looooong car ride.  6+ hours.  Long car rides mean car snacks… I had a bunch of strawberries from the farmer’s market that I needed to use quickly, so oven drying them for trail mix sounded like a mighty tasty way to go!  When selecting strawberries, make sure that the berries you choose are super ripe – similar to the ripeness you would want for making jam!  Riper means sweeter and more intense flavor, which is exactly what you want in an oven dried berry!  Otherwise, you will end up with a fairly flavorless result.

Strawberries, chocolate, unsweetened coconut, almonds, macadamia nuts, and more nuts make this trail mix a simple protein packed snack!  And those little bits of chocolate, it helps quell my sweet tooth!

Maybe its because J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike detective novels are on my summer reading list, but I am seeking snacks with virtually undetectable evidence of consumption.  This trail mix checks all my car-friendly snack boxes!

  • Its not gooey or covered in powdered cheese
  • There is no ketchup or dipping sauce involved
  • It can’t easily be pulverized into tiny crumbs that get smashed into the floor mats and seats

Basically, if you eat it, I don’t want to see the evidence.  I am is seeking crime novel level stealth in my car-approved snacks, ya’ll.  Leave no trace!  Gosh, I’m such a nerd.    

Oven Dried Strawberry Trail Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 cups

  • 1 lb. strawberries, stems removed and halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/4 c. raw almonds
  • 1/2 c. raw mixed nuts
  • 1/4 c. macadamia nuts, unsalted (usually only available toasted)
  • 1/4 c. dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 c. white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Line baking sheet with parchment.  Place sliced strawberries with cut-side down on the parchment.  Bake for 2 hours.  Then turn so that cut side is up and bake for 2 more hours.

Remove from oven and  immediately transfer parchment to cooling rack.

Move oven rack to upper 1/3 and turn on broil function of oven.  Spread evenly on baking sheet.  Toast for 30 seconds.  Shake pan vigorously to flip coconut.  Toast additional 30 seconds and transfer to bowl to cool.

With oven rack in same position under broiler, toast almonds and raw mixed nuts until lightly golden - about 30-45 seconds.  Shake pan to flip nuts and toast additional 30-45seconds.  Remove pan from oven and allow to cool completely.

Make sure all of the toasted ingredients and strawberries have cooled completely.  Then toss everything (nuts, chocolate, strawberries, and coconut!) together in a bowl to combine.  Store in airtight containers!  

http://www.almostproperly.com/summer-road-trippin-oven-dried-strawberry-trail-mix/

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