Aleah’s aunt made this tasty qinoa trail mix, so I figured I could try it out and maybe improvise a little . What could go wrong, right? Smh. This is me we’re talking about. Okay, let me tell you my ingredients and take you through my qinoa adventure.
- 1 c. raw qinoa
- 1 c. dry roasted sunflower kernels (you can also use pumpkin or any seed of choice)
- 1/2 c. corn chex cereal (I wanted a little more crunch)
- 1/2 c. cocktail peanuts (A’s aunt says you can do sliced almonds, walnuts, cashews, or any nut of your choice)
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. of coconut oil (or any neutral-flavored oil) Note: I melted mine in a small glass dish for 20 seconds in the microwave.
Heat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix ingredients together and spread evenly (as evenly as you can) over parchment paper. Bake until toasty and fragrant, about 10-12 minutes. You can stir it once to have it be crispy all over. Let it cool and then store in an air-tight container.
The 1/2 c. of cocktail peanuts was a last-minute add that turned out well :).
I thought I was so clever to use this old peanut container as an air-tight container to store my trail mix. And I didn’t have parchment paper so I used wax paper. I haven’t tried it on parchment, but I can tell you that the wax paper gets a little stuck to the pan and some of the oils seeped through. (just so you know)
If your oven is like mine and it cooks everything faster, your beautiful trail mix will burn a little. Mine only went 9 minutes before the burning started. This doesn’t mean that you can’t make yours in the 10 or 12 minutes required with a normal oven, or that you can’t salvage almost all of it if it does burn a bit. This just literally means that, I am, in fact, a dumbass (at least where my oven is concerned).
This picture is also proof that I don’t follow directions well sometimes. I was so excited that I had saved most of it from burning, that I scooped it up too fast and forgot to let it cool. Says it right there in the last step of making it. Let it cool and store in an air-tight container. Pretty cut and dry. It does NOT say to put it piping hot from the pan into your clear peanut container after you almost burn it all, so it can melt the entire bottom of it. No, it does not say that. (sigh)
I’m not completely hopeless though. I ended up with a decent amount when the smoke had cleared. I let it cool in this bowl and just transferred it to a plastic bowl with a lid. So much for my clever peanut container. Yeesh! All in all, it’s pretty tasty and I can’t wait to make more…on wax paper…for 7-8 minutes…and let it cool first. Hahahaha!!
What goes into your favorite trail mix?