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:
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.
My Tropical Snack Mix
Take equal quantities of:
Dried coconut strips
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!
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?