Even better, this process ensures most of the fruit or veggie’s color, flavor, and nutrients remain. Crunchies aren’t chewy like dried fruit…and they’re not hard like a chip. Instead, they’re light and crispy, with natural sweetness and no added sugar. I especially love the mango and banana varieties…and the freeze dried berries. I recently used Crunchies sweetly tart raspberries and strawberries to create a simple trail mix. My Berry Colada Snack Mix combines Crunchies strawberries and raspberries with nuts, dried pineapple, coconut chips…and some white chocolate chips for fun…to make a delicious on-the-go snack.
Berry Colada Snack MixIngredients (makes six 1/2-cup servings):
- 1/2 ounce Crunchies Strawberries (approx. 1/2 cup)
- 1-ounce package Crunchies Raspberries
- 1/2 cup dried pineapple bits
- 2/3 cup mixed nuts [NOTE: I used a combination of cashews, macadamias, pecans, and almonds]
- 1/2 cup coconut chips OR large coconut flakes
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
Step 1: Add the Crunchies strawberries and raspberries, pineapple, nuts, coconut chips, and white chocolate chips to a large mixing bowl. Stir to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
Step 2: Store the snack mix in an airtight container in the pantry between uses. You can also evenly divide the snack mix into ½-cup portions and store them in snack size plastic zip bags to help out with portion control.
I love this tropical-inspired snack mix -- the flavors and textures are fun and full of flavor. A few minutes of work on a weekend afternoon provides me with a full work week of afternoon snacks or breakfast add-ins. If your family is larger, this recipe is easily doubled or tripled to make a large batch! This snack mix makes a nice afternoon pick-me-up as is...and it can be used as a topping for breakfast cereal or Greek yogurt. If you’d like to whip up a batch of this snack mix, Crunchies products can be purchased at major retailers nationwide – including CVS and Walmart. They can also be purchased online directly from the Crunchies online store.
Disclosure: Crunchies provided me with a sampler of their products to facilitate recipe development. All opinions offered are solely my own.