Trail Mix Honey Balls

Husband and I are skipping Thanksgiving celebrations to spend the day relaxing.

Because of the holiday, both work (for me) and school are cancelled! Hallelujah! For the first time in weeks, I slept in. I pulled myself out of bed at 9:30 a.m.

I woke up to a hungry puppy and a sleepy husband. One got breakfast, the other went to bed. They’re both adorable.

Last night, I planned for a long run in the late morning. I would have plenty of time and the weather was supposed to be gorgeous. I could run for hours in my new shoes.

(Shoe review coming soon, I promise!)

After breakfast, coffee and the 7-Minute Warmup, I prepared for my run. Then, I decided to take my dog.

My dog. The 110 lb. German Shepherd with four legs and a lot of dragging power.

German Shepherd DogOur run lasted just 15 minutes.

When I run or walk with Ivan, I do not go at my pace. I go at his, and he’s fast, especially when squirrels are about. I felt like we spent the entire run sprinting. His gait was quite relaxed and gentle.

So much for my endurance run.

Work out with your dogYesterday, at work, I noticed that I… work in an office… with a vending machine. The vending machine happens to have inexpensive salty sweet snacks from heaven.

This is a problem.

I am a grown-up lady. I do not need to eat Snickers. I do not want to eat Snickers, but I do want to eat salty sweet snacks. I have to snack or I will gorge myself at dinner.

I know.

I’ve seen me do it.

I’m snacking on dried cherries right now.

How can we make this happen, folks?

Enter Super Snacks – healthy munchies to curb cravings!

  • When you crave salt, eat popcorn.
  • When you crave sweets, eat dark chocolate. (See below.)
  • When you crave something crunchy, eat roasted peanuts.
  • When you crave a cold drink, drink tart cherry juice.
  • When you crave something filling, eat cereal and milk.

In my unhealthy opinion, popcorn is only good covered in melted butter. I love dark chocolate and peanuts. Cereal and milk… I’m craving some right now.

However, I came up with my own snack ;)

I bought some trail mix at Dillon’s a while back. In the mix: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, whole almonds, dried cranberries, dried papaya (or mango?), dried pineapple and dehydrated bananas.

I picked out and ate all the sweet dried fruits.

I had handfuls of pumpkin and sunflower seeds and a few almonds. What am I supposed to do with these? Not as awesome without the fruit!

While staring mournfully at the loss of my sweet-fruited trail mix, I got an idea. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are small. I have slivered almonds and Chex in my cupboard.

If I were to mix them together with some sort of sticky substance, such as (oh, I don’t know) honey, perhaps the leftover trail mix could become…

Trail Mix Honey Balls

  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • slivered almonds
  • Wheat Chex
  • honey
  • dash cinnamon and sugar
  • pinches sea salt
  • bits of whatever was left in the original trail mix

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients, except sea salt, together with as much honey as necessary, until its saturated.

Cook in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the honey is all melty and all the parts are sticking together.

Let cool so you can handle the mixture. Spoon into small piles on a parchment-covered baking sheet, or roll into awkwardly shaped balls. Top each with a pinch of sea salt.

Bake for 10 minutes or more based on how many you make. Keep a close eye. That honey will run if you bake them too long.

trail mix recipetrail mix recipeI made 12 little piles of trail mix . I would have made balls, but this is a first time recipe and the balls didn’t hold. Ergo, piles. Next time I have leftover trail mix, I will also have in my kitchen parchment cupcake paper.

trail mix recipetrail mix recipeSalty, sweet, crunchy, happy.

I also went grocery shopping and worked on my project on my day of relaxation. I bought dried fruit, more trail mix and dark chocolate so I still feel relaxed.

Dove dark chocolate… You know what that means!

Dazzle your sense of flavor.
So. Dazzled.

Indulge your sense of amusement.
I sense a theme.

Renew your sense of discovery.
I knew it!

Don’t settle for a spark… light a fire instead.
But be careful with those deep-fried turkeys.

Calories only exist if you count them.
No. I’m pretty sure they exist regardless…

Happy Thanksgiving!

How are you celebrating? Turkey, stuffing, creamed corn? We’re having Spicy Black Bean Chili! (Yes. I’m trying to cook chili.)

I am thankful for my husband, my dog, dark chocolate and warm autumn weather. And I am thankful for this day of relaxation.

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