TRAIL MIX STIX

 

August 18, 2016

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These lightly smoked snacks reduce your food cravings as they energize you through the woods, across the lake, and up the mountain. They combine hazelnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, chia and buckwheat bits for a crunchy fix of protein, antioxidants, and heart-healthy fats. And they contain just a trace of sweetness.

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Ingredients

Makes 32-36 stix (depending on the thickness)

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COOKIE MIS-EN-PLACE

  • Smoke hazelnuts (See How to Smoke Hazelnuts)

Smoked hazelnuts, pistachios, pumpkin and chia seeds and buckwheat groats.
Smoked hazelnuts, pistachios, pumpkin and chia seeds and buckwheat groats.

  • Pulse the hazelnuts and pistachios, flour, sugar, salt in a food processor just until the nuts are coarsely chopped.
  • Measure the butter and set aside.
  • Ready the water and vanilla in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Measure and combine the chia seeds, buckwheat groats or Qi'a Superfood and set aside.

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING THE COOKIE DOUGH

  • Add the cold butter to the flour/nut mixture and pulse until it looks like coarse crumbs.

Adding the cold butter into nut/flour mixture.
Adding the cold butter into nut/flour mixture.

  • Add the vanilla and water and pulse just until the mixture resembles damp crumbs---it should not be a smooth mass - but it should hold together when pressed.
  • Pour the mixture onto a clean counter.

The rough cookie dough before it’s kneaded and shaped.
The rough cookie dough before it’s kneaded and shaped.

  • If the dough isn't holding together, wet your hands and knead the dough. Continue in this manner just until it holds together.
  • Pour the pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and buckwheat groats over the dough and gently knead the seeds into the dough.

Folding the remaining seeds into the cookie dough.
Folding the remaining seeds into the cookie dough.

The finished Trail Mix Stix cookie dough.
The finished Trail Mix Stix cookie dough.

  • Shape the dough into a rectangle about 4 to 5 inches by 9 to 10 inches. Press it firm and compact, squaring up the edges, about 1/2 inch thick.

The cookie dough shaped in a rectangle.
The cookie dough shaped in a rectangle.

  • Wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours until firm or overnight.

BAKING THE COOKIES

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Position racks in the upper and lower third of the oven.
  • Line two trays with parchment paper.
  • Unwrap the dough and transfer it to a cutting board.
  • Use a long sharp knife (a serrated blade is best) to cut the dough crosswise, into scant 3/8 inch slices.

Sliced Trail Mix Stix.
Sliced Trail Mix Stix.

  • Use the knife or an offset spatula to transfer the slices to a cookie sheet and set about 1 inch apart. Slices will be fragile and might require support in transit.

Cut cookies on prepared trays ready for baking.
Cut cookies on prepared trays ready for baking.

  • Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are golden brown, (time depends on thickness of cookies). Flip the cookies over and bake for another 3-5 minutes. Rotate the sheets from top to bottom and front to back half way through the baking time to ensure even baking.
  • Slide the parchment carefully onto a rack or set the pans on a rack to cool.
  • Cool cookies completely before stacking.
  • Cookies may be stored, airtight, for several days.
TAGS:  nuts   seeds   crunchy       LABELS: Low Sugar  Nut and Seed 

Comments

1 Comments

Michele   2017-01-04

I was lucky enough to try these tasty scrumptious trail mix stix. They were so delicious, crunchy and very satisfying. Thanks Kim!

Kimberlie 2017-01-04

Thanks Michele. I'm really happy you liked them too. Not too sweet and satisfying describes them perfectly.

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TRAIL MIX STIX

Makes 32-36 stix (depending on the thickness)

Ingredients
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