Rosemary and Cayenne Coconut Chips (Toasted Trail Mix)

Between breakfast and lunch, I SNACK! I wrote that in all caps because I really mean it when I snack. If I don’t snack before 11 AM, despite having just eaten breakfast at 8 AM, my stomach starts growling and I get cranky (just ask my co-workers). You know those “you’re not you when your hungry” Snickers commercials? Guilty. That’s me at 11 AM in a nutshell. Help!

Cayenne Coconut Chip Trail Mix  | The Worktop

So this Rosemary and Cayenne Coconut Chip trail mix is the perfect snack to hold me over that after-breakfast-before-lunch time. I love that it is just a tad spicy because 1) spicy foods help curb appetites and 2) spicy foods always cause me to drink more water. That’s exactly what I need at 11 AM – a reminder to rehydrate and a bit of something to hold off that hunger until lunch time.

Cayenne Coconut Chip Trail Mix  | The Worktop

I also threw in some nuts with the coconut chips to turn it into a trail mix because nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein and vitamins. Nuts also are one of those secret foods that help you feel fuller for a longer period of time. Just a small handful of this trail mix and I’m back to myself. Anyone else have the 11 AM snack attacks?

Cayenne Coconut Chip Trail Mix  | The Worktop

The coconut chips add a little sweetness to this mix, and beware, the dried blueberries (not raisins, as my husband thought!) become little spice bombs. The toasting process gives the dried blueberries a nice crunch on the outside, but it also means the cayenne gets absorbed into the flesh. The rosemary also adds a little savoury peppery and piney aromatic to it all.

Cayenne Coconut Chip Trail Mix  | The Worktop

This simple combination is quick to make and a great mid-morning snack, but I first had a similar mix at a friend’s house as an appetizer before a dinner party. So just in case you don’t have the 11 AM snack attacks, this Rosemary and Cayenne Coconut Chip trail mix is also perfect as an afternoon snack,  pre-gym snack, or even to serve with some wine or beer into the evening. I’ve even tossed it on a salad, and it is delicious then as well! Thanks Kuben for introducing me to these! Go go and snack snack away :)

Cayenne Coconut Chip Trail Mix  | The Worktop

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Rosemary and Cayenne Coconut Chips (Toasted Trail Mix)
 
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Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups coconut chips (unsalted)
  • 2 cups unsalted mixed nuts (I used a combination of almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews)
  • ½ cups dried blueberries
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, leaves roughly pulled off
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons light flavored oil (I used a cold-pressed rapeseed oil)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients together.
  3. Spread everything out on a lined baking tray.
  4. Toast in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the coconut chips start browning. About halfway through, gently use a spatula and give everything a mix.
  5. Allow to cool before snacking. Store in an airtight container.

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Rosemary Cayenne Coconut Chips

Comments

  1. whats a coconut chip?

  2. Mmm … this sounds so good. I love spicy snack, and I’m currently addicted to coconut chips;) Can’t wait to try this!

  3. Teresa.jui says:

    my snack is 10.30am. I like your Rosemary and Cayenne Coconut chips the taste is different from other Trail Mix.

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  1. […] I wanted this for breakfast, I didn’t make this too spicy. It was perfect for my 11 AM snack attacks, but I could also sit down and have it as a savory breakfast. Do you have any puffed rice recipes […]

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