A simple trail mix; just three well-chosen ingredients. Pears for their honey sweetness. Sweet potatoes for their satisfying chew,along with satiating protein and fiber content. Walnuts for their buttery rich flavor. In short, these three taste good together! You could just as easily make a mix of dried apples, carrots, and almonds. Suit yourself; this mix is made to please you. If you keep a small container of Pair-a-Dice Trail Mix in your purse, backpack, or car you will be able to head off away-from-home hunger strikes without resorting to fast food or coffee drinks to fill you up and give you needed energy.
2 slim orange sweet potatoes
6 medium pears, processed according to Dried Apple Dice / Dried Pear Dice
2 cups walnuts
Make Roasted Dried Sweet Potato Dice:
Roast the sweet potatoes on a parchment paper covered baking pan for 30 minutes in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven. Let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour, to firm up.
|Even-size sweet potato pieces are arranged with room for air-flow while they dry in the dehydrator. After drying they will be leathery with no pockets of moisture.|
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut in 1/2 inch dice. Arrange pieces in a single layer on dehydrator trays and dry about 8 hours at 125 degrees, until dry and chewy. Let cool, then store in a closed jar.
Walnuts can be used as is, or – better – turned into Crispy Walnuts:
Soak the walnuts 8 hours or overnight in a quart of water with 1 tsp salt added.
|An overnight soak followed by a stint in the dehydrator improves the digestibility of nuts.|
In the morning, drain the walnuts and spread them on dehydrator trays and dry at highest setting, about 145 degrees for 24 hours, until completely dry. Alternatively, you may dry the walnuts in the oven on its lowest setting, about 150 – 170 degrees for 12 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally until completely crisp. Cool completely and store in a closed jar.
|These Crispy Walnuts have great toasty flavor and inviting texture. I guarantee you’ll like them!|
When you need an on-the-go snack that is rich in nutrients, simply fill a small jar (4 oz. jelly jars or baby food jars are great) with some of each: Dried Pear Dice, Dried Roasted Sweet Potato Dice, and Crispy Walnuts. It is best to mix a small amount as needed in order to preserve the textures and individual flavors of each ingredient.
|Dried Pear Dice|
|Crispy Walnuts, Dried Sweet Potato Dice, and Dried Pear Dice are combined for a tasty and healthful on-the-go treat.|