Weekend Eats: Labor Day Edition Part 1

I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing Labor Day Weekend! I wanted to share some of my recipes I came up with this weekend, so I’ll just jump right into it.

I wanted to do something fun and different on Labor Day, so Zach and I decided to go to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia and hike up the Maryland Heights/Overlook Cliff Trail. I knew that we would need to bring plenty of water and some food for the hike, so I thought it would be perfect to come up with my own trail mix. I knew that I wanted to put cashews (my favorite nut) and coconut flakes in the mix, but I ended up picking out the rest of the ingredients after looking through the huge dried fruit/nut section at Trader Joe’s.

Coco-nutty Trail Mix

Coco-nutty trail mix

Ingredients

  • 1 part unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 part raw, whole cashews
  • 1 part sliced almonds
  • 1 package of dehydrated, unsweetened bananas (I found some at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of dairy-free bittersweet chocolate chips (Sunspire, Enjoy Life, etc.)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the coconut flakes, cashews and almonds evenly over a parchment paper covered cookie tray.
  3. Toast the mixture for 8 – 12 minutes.
  4. After the mixture cools, combine with the dehydrated bananas and chocolate chips.

This trail mix is filling, delicious and it ends up tasting like chocolate chip banana bread! Also, less is more with the chocolate chips – too many and the sweetness overpowers the whole mixture.

The hike ended up being a ton of fun – and it was a great workout. The trail was around 4 miles (and we walked 2.5 miles to get there) and pretty steep in some areas. By the time Zach and I got to the top we were sweating bullets! But the fantastic view from the Overlook Cliff made it all worth it! Here are some pictures I took from the top:

Zach and I at the Overlook Cliff

Zach and I at the Overlook Cliff

Such a gorgeous view!

Such a gorgeous view!

Zach and I at the top

Zach and I at the top

Obviously, I needed a picture of my needle scale with this gorgeous background!

Obviously, I needed a picture of my needle scale with this gorgeous background!

:)

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I made a couple of other things this weekend, so I will be posting those recipes in Part 2 by the end of this week!

2 thoughts on “Weekend Eats: Labor Day Edition Part 1

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