A few years ago I asked my mom to buy me a dehydrator so I could make homemade beef jerky. Sadly the dehydrator sat on a shelf for too long before I began tackling the long process of dehydrating foods. But once I started using it I became a bit obsessed with it, specifically obsessed with drying fruit.
The first fruit I dried was banana for a granola recipe. At the same time, I decided to expiriment with Kiwi because I had bought a ton from Costco and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure how quickly I was going to be able to eat them. The experimental dried Kiwi were a success and is now something I dehydrate very frequently. I’ve also done some apple slices and most recently slices of strawberry. (If you’re like me and tend to have leftover fruit from Costco runs, a dehydrator comes in handy.)
I shriveled down a huge clam shell of strawberries into about a cup and a half of dried strawberry slices. They were delicious but I realized that If I kept them as is, I would eat through about two pounds of strawberries very quickly. Dried fruit is sooooo easy to overeat.
So I thought about recipes that would involve dried fruit and came up with a few ideas to use up the remaining dried strawberry slices. Granola would be good. Or granola bars even. But I settled on trail mix instead. Why? Because I had some leftover peanuts I needed to use as well along with some peanut butter chips.
Thus peanut butter and jelly trail mix was born. And people – this trail mix is legit. If you’re a trail mix fan, you will want to try this mix. It’s salty and sweet and peanut buttery too. Best of all, you can buy all of the ingredients and throw them all together or do like me and dehydrate your strawberries and roast your peanuts and then throw the remaining ingredients all together in a bowl and dig in. Everyone who tries this trail mix loves it.
- 2 c. roasted, salted almonds
- 1 c. peanuts (I used unsalted)
- ¾ c. peanut butter chips
- 1 c. dried strawberries or strawberry slices
Stir together all ingredients.
The above listed ingredients are a very close approximation of what I threw into my bowl for this mix. When making trail mix, you should use your judgment and let your flavor choices rule the amount of ingredients you add. Like more fruit? Add it. Desire more peanut butter flavor? Throw in more chips.