Say goodbye to store-bought trail mix and hello to this Almond Cacao Crunch Trail Mix.
Hints of rich chocolate meet the tropical vibes of flaked coconut with crunchy almonds and a subtle tartness from dried cranberries. In other words, this superfood mix is spot on with taste and texture.
For a while, I gave up on all things trail mix. Well, mainly almonds and any kind of raw nut.
Recognizing that these literally hurt my stomach was not easy to come to terms with (due to the phytic acid levels) because I love adding them to everything from smoothie bowls to salads and more. Eating almonds, walnuts, peanuts etc. would trigger sharp pains in my stomach, similar to chickpeas and lentils which I no longer eat, and is the reasoning why my more recent recipes don’t have chickpeas or lentils. That’s a different story and could be due to an allergy from the raffinose which is a sugar in the legumes family… humans lack the enzyme required to digest raffinose therefore causing stomach pain.
As far as nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews etc., they’re amazing in terms of nutrients but can also be very drying throughout the digestive process. Roasted store-bought nuts are dry or oily and feel very “heavy” in the stomach. There are some foods that just don’t agree with our bodies. These can range and are different for everyone because we’re not all the same, obviously. Being able to recognize how you feel after you eat and then identifying what specific foods trigger specific feelings is important!
Some people experience this with gluten and most definitely with meat and dairy but the good news is, you don’t have to put yourself through the torture when it comes to nuts and seeds. There is a way to make them friendly on digestion and majorly enhance the absorption of nutrients they offer.
How? By “activating” them, which is also known as soaking nuts & seeds in water.
I always thought the process of soaking nuts and seeds was pointless and very time-consuming, until I actually tried it myself. Almonds are like sponges… super dehydrated and dry, until they come in contact with water. Soaking almonds in filtered water for 8 hours (or overnight) will rehydrate and plump them up, making them tastier, softer and easier to chew because let’s be real, they taste SUPER dry on their own… ya know?!
Why so dry?
Almonds stay protected from sunlight and moisture through their brown skin which has tannic acid and enzyme inhibitors. Until a proper level of moisture and sunlight has been reached, the enzymes are not released. This means our bodies are literally unable to absorb all the nutrients that almonds have to offer, until they are unlocked with water.
If you want to get the most out of those expensive almonds, cashews etc. that you buy, it’s time to access to ALL of their goodness.
The process of soaking is easy. All you do is:
- Pour the nuts/seeds in a large bowl
- Fill with enough filtered water until all are submerged
- Soak overnight or for 8 hours
- Drain and rinse with water thoroughly. Allow to dry or use paper towel
That’s it! Then you can enjoy all the almonds you want 🙂 but let me tell you, they are especially delish in this trail mix recipe. Perfect for light snacking, for a smoothie bowl topping or to throw in a salad for extra crunch. YUM. I used this flaked coconut, these cacao nibs and these raw organic almonds.
Almond Cacao Crunch Trail Mix
- 1 1/2 cups raw almonds, soaked
- 1 cup flaked coconut, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs
- Start by soaking the almonds in water in a large bowl overnight, or for at least 8 hours. Then drain and rinse thoroughly. Dry them with a paper towel.
- Combine all the ingredients for trail mix in a bowl and mix until combined.
- Serving Size: 2
The Trial mix looks absolutely yummy. Considering that the nuts have been soaked, how long would such a trial mix last if not refrigerated. I will be traveling and was thinking of packing a bag full?
Mine didn’t last long enough to know for sure because I ate it all, but I would assume about 3-4 days, possibly longer. Hope this helps!
YUM! This looks super delicious!!
Just found your blog recently and Love it!! I am not vegan, I still eat salmon and shrimp from time to time and eggs. This blog post today really caught my attention. You said you get sharp pain in stomach. Are you able to tell me if it’s on your left side, middle or right side? I have had this type of pain for over 5 years and right away I went to get ultrasound to make sure it was nothing and all was good and then I just lived with it. These last two years I gave up meat (due to animals welfare not health) other then wild salmon and wild shrimp. I still have the pain. These last 3 months I gave up dairy and gluten and still have had the pain. This last 2 weeks since i have discovered your blog I have began having smoothies and still have pain. I have yet to give up nuts or beans. Could it be? I guess it’s possible. I suppose I need to do a trial. If you have a minute I’d really love to know where you are feeling this pain usually? Email is fine if you prefer. Thanks again! You are doing a great job here on your site.
Emilie @ Emilie Eats
I’m actually really sad for you that you can’t eat chickpeas or lentils anymore. 🙁 I used to soak my raw almonds and I need to start doing that again! I definitely notice a difference in my digestion. This trail mix looks SO flavorful and colorful!