At our family gatherings my Grandma would always make a giant batch of Chex Mix. She stored it in a huge ceramic cookie jar that was shaped like cats sitting in a basket, so we all called it Kitty Litter. Yum. Who doesn't want to eat kitty litter? Well that didn't deter us, we’d eat it by the handful as we played cards late into the night. We’d also eat about 47 pumpkin pies, but that’s not what we're talking about today. Several years ago when I changed my diet, Kitty Litter was out. I decided to make a grain-free version that was tasty enough that it’d get eaten by the whole family (not that I was actually willing to share it).
This snack mix is crunchy, salty, garlicy, and perhaps even more addictive than the original! It is definitely more nutrient-dense than the original!
A bit about nutrition: This snack mix is full of health fats, proteins, and carbs. It is really a pretty well balanced snack. By baking this at a low heat, we preserve the quality of the amazing fats inside the nuts. Plantains also have some prebiotic fiber, which feeds all that good probiotic gut bacteria.
This is perfect for family gatherings, but it’s also a great snack to pack for a flight or a hike. It’ll stay fresh for several weeks if you store it in a tightly sealed container.
Paleo Snack Mix
- Preheat the oven to 250.
- In a large bowl, combine the plantain chips and nuts.
- In a small pan, combine the vinegar, coconut aminos, seasoning salt, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cinnamon over low heat.
- When the vinegar mixture begins to simmer, add the ghee and whisk everything until combined.
- Pour the ghee mixture over the plantain chips and nuts, and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Pour everything onto a baking sheet, and spread it into an even layer. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes (at the 20 and 40 minute marks).
- When it is just cool enough to taste, give it a try. Depending on the saltiness of the plantain chips and your seasoning salt, it may need more salt. If the flavor seems bland, or just not salty enough, add some extra salt while it's still warm. Then give everything another stir. Mine were not very salty, so I added about an extra teaspoon of salt.
- Let the snack mix cool to room temperature, then store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
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