Fruit & Nuts: A sort-of recipe

Recently I’ve been making my own fruit and nut snack mixes to reach for when I am on the very edge of popping up to the shops for a Wispa Gold… (I can’t have one EVERY day). I’ve tried various dried fruit brands in pursuit of the perfect tangy burst of flavour. I am choosy about this – if it is going to be my one sweet treat of the day, then it has to be just right. I don’t like sticky when it comes to dried fruit, and I definitely don’t want added sugar, and I don’t want the dried up sweepings from the factory floor (save those for your Garibaldi biscuits guys).

I also want a good variety of fruits to choose from, so I can mix it up and keep things interesting. Even though they are a bit more expensive than some other brands, I have settled on getting my supplies from Urban Fruit because they meet all my criteria… plus no sulphites, and I now know (having read the website!) that the fruit is slowly dried at low temps so keep more of its nutritional value.

So because I am already a fan, I was delighted to bump in to Urban Fruit’s marketing team at the Blogger’s Love food event, and blag a couple of free samples:

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I told them I had a whole bunch of their goodies in my cupboard already, but they insisted!  So far I have tried the pineapple, mango (see above), and also (paid for by me) the cherries, strawberries and blackcurrant & blueberry mix, and they are all quite yummy.

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My Tropical Snack Mix

Take equal quantities of:

Dried mango
Dried pineapple
Dried coconut strips
Brazil nuts

Chop all the ingredients into small bite-size pieces, mix together in a bowl and then transfer to a clip top jar (a jam funnel is useful for this!). About 50g of each will fill a litre glass jar, which will keep you going for ages.

Mind you, what normally happens is that certain people pick out all the mango and pineapple – good job I like the other bits…!

A quick google tells me that this mix contains, amongst other things, vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, copper, manganese, iron, mono-unsaturated fatty acids, protein and dietary fibre.  Hurrah!

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My beautiful blue bowl is by the lovely Victoria from Little Wren Pottery

Another favourite snack combo is the one I think of my Dark Chocolate mix – this one has equal quantities of cherries, strawberries, pecans, pumpkin seeds and a sprinkle of cocoa nibs.  It’s yummy!

Or course, there are times when only chocolate will hit the spot (what would life be without it?) but when I need a quickish boost and it’s not a chocolate day, these mixes are a real treat, and it’s good fun to play around with nuts, seeds and fruits to make great flavour combinations – I recommend it.

What are your favourite healthy snacks?

2 thoughts on “Fruit & Nuts: A sort-of recipe

  1. Lovely to hear about your healthy snacks , I recently adopted a sugar free diet and I love the Raw chocolate brownies from the Deliciously Ella book , made with dates, pecans and cocao powder !!

    1. They sound delicious – I’ve been wondering about getting the Deliciously Ella book for a while and extending my horizons a bit! We have a new raw food cafe in our little town, so it is inspiring me to think outside the box a bit. Good luck with going sugar-free!

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