This Quinoa Trail Mix is a healthy snack that both kids and adults love! It is a great protein-packed snack that you’ll want to make a regular part of your snacking rotation.
I’ve mentioned before that baby Skye came as a huge surprise for us. Now that she’s here I can’t imagine life without her. She truly completes our family in a way that I never expected. There are so many things about her I am grateful for.
Every momma wants a happy baby and she is such a happy girl! (Now that we have my/her diet straightened out.) Her great sleep habits early on and ability to be in the car for long periods of time happily have earned her what we like to jokingly call “Pony Points”.
I get lost in her smile and laughter and sometimes get so choked up at how well she and I have adjusted to one another.
You see, I’ve never considered myself a baby person. Kids I love, but when the boys were tiny I would envy other mom’s who talked about how much they enjoyed their babies. I was always exhausted, stressed and worried about something. My own type “A” neuroses got in the way of my joy.
Because the baby year was so hard for me before, I spent many nights worried about how I was going to do it all again…at 41 when I thought my life was headed in a different direction.
I’m so glad all that worry was wasted, because I can’t imagine being any happier with her. I have found a bliss I’ve never known before with her in my arms and the boys by my side.
Honestly, the hardest part for me hasn’t been trying to meet the needs of a new baby, it’s that she’s such a good eater and I am constantly, constantly starving. (And constantly worried about having enough milk.) I’ve had to let go of the idea that I was going to lose my baby weight in a reasonable time frame, because every time I even think about cutting calories my milk supply tanks.
All this means that I am snacking like a crazy person. Of course I want my snacks to be healthy, but right now a half of banana or 10 almonds just isn’t going to cut it.
I’ve become obsessed with trail mix because its the kind of thing I can keep by the bed (where I most often nurse) for when those hunger pains strike in the little of an extended eating/cuddle session.
My latest trail mix concoction involves (big shock)….quinoa! This Chocolate Covered Quinoa Trail Mix is not only a great snack, it is fabulous sprinkled on top of your morning granola or quinoa.
I’ll just mention that you do need to be careful taking it out and about when the weather is too warm though. Most of you probably have enough common sense not to take chocolate for an on the go snack when the weather is over 100 degrees. Apparently, I do not. 🙂
Chocolate Covered Quinoa Trail Mix
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Pour olive oil into a skillet and heat to medium. Add quinoa and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring often, until quinoa begins to turn golden brown. Transfer to a small bowl. Place granola in another small bowl.
- Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler. (A metal bowl over a pot of boiling water will work too.) Be careful not to allow water to touch the chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the salt
- Pour half of the melted chocolate over the quinoa and half over the granola. Stir each to oat and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate until set. Break into bite size chunks and place in a large bowl. Add cashews, almonds, cherries and cranberries and mix until combined. Store in an airtight container.