Monday, February 13, 2012

short & sweet: Trail Mix with Kashi Cereals

As part of Virtual Potluck, we're all sharing some sweet news about Kashi and their products. We received
Kashi Berry Blossoms, Kashi Cinnamon Harvest, and Kashi Honey Sunshine Cereal. From the three cereals, one of my favorites was the Cinnamon Harvest and I decided to think of new ways to consume it, since snacking on it was just one of the options. Here are some of the great things and nutrition facts on the Cinnamon Harvest cereal from the Kashi website:
  • 47g whole grains
  • High fiber
  • Low fat
  • Sodium free
  • USDA Organic—Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International 
    This trail mix recipe is a great use of odds and ends you might have in your baking drawer; half a chocolate bar chopped up, the last of the candied pecans and even some dried fruit to balance out the crispy texture. Used in this recipe is peanut butter, but you can use your favorite nut butter, as well as reducing the amount of confectioner's sugar in this recipe. The sugar is mostly used to keep the trail mix from being too sticky to eat. Like Kashi on Facebook here. 

    This is my craft of the year: Cupcake liner glued on the lid and some extra ribbon around the jar. You can add a tag or label and gift to your loved ones! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

    Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Harvest Trail Mix
    Makes 3 cups

    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    2 tablespoons butter
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla salt
    pinch of: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

    2 cups Cinnamon Harvest Cereal
    Add ins: chopped chocolate, candied pecans, 
    dried cranberries, dried apricots, granola, raw almonds

    1 cup confectioner's sugar
    1. Melt peanut butter with unsalted butter, salt and spices. Stir until combined. 
    2. In a large bowl, mix add-ins and Cinnamon Harvest Cereal. Drizzle melted peanut butter mixture and toss together.
    3. Add confectioner's sugar and toss until everything is coated. Store in an airtight container. 
    Enjoy these trail mix on it's own or over yogurt, ice cream or fold into cookie dough for added flavor and texture. 

    Disclaimer: As a part of Virtual Potluck, I received samples of Kashi Cereals to try free of charge.

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