Simple, healthy fruit and nut trail mix with a dash of chocolate chips and homemade dried bananas and raisins.
One of the simplest, healthy snacks you can make at home is trail mix. Another great thing about trail mix, is that it’s customizable and easy to transport, making a great on-the-go snack.
For this trail mix, I decided to dehydrate my own fruit. I go through phases where I don’t use my food dehydrator at all for months, then I get back into it and have it running for a week straight. Fruit is one of the easiest things to dehydrate; just slice it, pop it on a tray and turn the dehydrator on.
To dehydrate fruit for this recipe:
Cut as many ripe bananas as you want to about ¼ ” in thickness and place on dehydrator trays. The grapes (after washing and removing stems) can be placed whole, or cut in half. They’ll dry faster if cut, but I like to leave them whole.
Turn the dehydrator temperature to 130°F(or 118° if you’re following a raw food diet and are concerned with preserving enzymes). The bananas should be done in 6-8 hours. You’ll know they’re done when they’re leathery. The grapes will take up to 24 hours.
Dehydrator times will vary, depending on how full the appliance is, the size of the fruit, and what texture you want. I like the bananas to be chewy and not completely dried out into a hard chip.
Once the fruit is dehydrated, allow to cool, then store in a sealed container.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can dry the fruit in the oven at 225°F. The grapes will take about 3-4 hours, and the bananas between 1-2 hours, flipping halfway through. Again, times will vary, so do keep an eye on them.
You’ll notice that when you dehydrate fruit at home, it has a much fresher, juicier flavor to it, compared to store bought. You can have fun with it and dry whatever fruit you want; kiwi, mango, strawberries, etc.
Mix all ingredients together and store in a sealed container or bag. You can use raw or roasted, salted or unsalted nuts, depending on your preference. I kept everything raw and it was delicious.