Paleo Trail Mix

I absolutely love dried blueberries. Something about their texture and flavor is so yummy! Unfortunately most dried fruit has added sugar, and that’s not Paleo friendly. However, with some searching of the inter-webs you CAN find unsweetened dried fruit! Sometimes you can find unsweetened dried fruit at the grocery store but unsweetened dried blueberries were a struggle for me to find so I went online and voila there they were!

You can tailor this recipe to be whatever dried fruit and nuts you like. The important thing to make it a Paleo trail mix is to use unsweetened dried fruit and raw natural nuts. You can’t use the salted kind you buy at the store because they are almost always roasted and salted in vegetable oil of some kind. Vegetable oils are also not Paleo friendly because they are not considered healthy fats. If you want salty trail mix buy the raw natural nuts and roast them yourself in the oven with olive oil or avocado oil and some salt.

You can also add chocolate chips to this trail mix. Enjoy Life brand makes dairy and soy free chocolate chips so I recommend those!

Paleo Trail Mix | Makes 16 1/4 Cup Servings

  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Dried Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Almonds
  • 1 Cup Cashews
  • 1 Cup Pecans
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil OR Avocado Oil
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place almonds, cashews, and pecans in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil or avocado oil and stir.
  3. Place the nuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in an even layer.
  4. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes so the nuts don’t burn.
  6. When the nuts are done remove from oven and let cool.
  7. When cool place the nuts in a bowl and mix in dried blueberries and dried cranberries.
  8. If you’re adding chocolate chips be sure you add them last and when the nuts are completely cooled.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

Everything Bagel Seasoning

I love everything bagels with cream cheese. But they aren’t very healthy.  They’re packed full of empty carbs and really don’t have much nutritional value. I wanted to be able to enjoy the taste of an Everything Bagel but enjoy some nutrition at the same time. So I came up with Everything Bagel Toast!

I use sprouted whole grain bread, everything bagel seasoning, and goat cheese to recreate all the yummy-ness of an Everything Bagel. If you have issues with gluten you can use gluten free bread instead but I find that sprouted grain bread doesn’t affect my digestion the way regular whole grain bread does. I use Ezekiel sprouted whole grain bread. It’s found in the frozen food section and contains NO preservatives, is GMO free, and has far fewer ingredients than other breads on the market.

I use spreadable goat cheese to replace cream cheese and seriously it tastes so much better than cream cheese. Cream cheese now tastes bland to me.

Fun Fact: Cheese made from goat’s milk has slightly less lactose than cheese made from cow’s milk. This may make it easier to digest but it’s debatable and depends on the person. I find that I’m okay with goat’s milk products and not with cow’s milk products. I’m also NOT lactose intolerant. Also, goat’s milk products may be easier to digest because the fat molecules are small where as in cow’s milk products the fat molecules are large.

The most important part of the Everything Bagel Toast is that you need the Everything Bagel Seasoning! Check out the recipe below.

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Everything Bagel Seasoning | Makes a little more than 1 Cup

  • 4 Tbsp Dried Minced Garlic
  • 4 Tbsp Dried Minced Onion
  • 4 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • 4 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp & 2 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt

Instructions: Mix all spices together. Store in an airtight container.

Once you’ve made yourself a batch of the Everything Bagel Seasoning, you’re ready to put it on EVERYTHING! I like putting it in eggs, rice, oatmeal, etc. My favorite thing to do with it is to recreate a healthy version of the Everything Bagel. Check out my Everything Bagel Toast recipe below!

Everything Bagel Toast | Servings 1

  • 1 Slice Sprouted Grain Bread (or Gluten Free Bread)
  • 2 Tbsp Spreadable Goat Cheese
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning to Taste

Instructions: Toast the bread. Spread goat cheese on the bread. Sprinkle with Everything Bagel Seasoning. Enjoy!


Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls

This is one of my favorite recipes for when I’m craving something sweet.  These balls are packed full of unsaturated and saturated fats for lots of energy.  Plus, they are gluten free and paleoish.  I say paleoish because of the oats.  True paleo people don’t eat them but I cook with the gluten free kind occasionally.

Ingredients

As someone who uses the Paleo Diet as a base for what I eat, I don’t want to go overboard with sugar.  This recipes calls for 100% cacao, unsweetened coconut, and sugar free almond butter so the only sugar source in these balls is from the honey.  There’s a minimal amount of sugar in the gluten free oats and the ground flaxseed.

Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls

These are super easy and quick to make.  Check it out!

Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls | Makes About 20 1 Inch Balls | Serving Size: 1 – 2 Balls

  • 1 Cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cacoa Chips (100% Cocoa)
  • 1/3 Cup Local Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar Free Almond Butter
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

No Bake Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to firm up the dough.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  4. Enjoy!
  5. Store the extra balls in a sealed container in the refrigerator.