Today it is supposed to be over 100 degrees…again. So once again we are featuring recipes that require no use of the oven whatsoever. They also require minimal shopping. You can get all of the ingredients for this recipe at Trader Joe’s.

Unlike my nut-free version this one contains nuts. Lots of different kinds of nuts. So it is inappropriate for anyone dealing with nut allergies. It is however, colorful, tasty and of course gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nightshade-free, peanut-free and of course free of eggs, fish and shellfish (my mental picture of a trail mix containing eggs and shellfish is rather unfortunate). I like trail mix as a snack because it is easy, nutrient dense, shelf stable and portable. It is a staple of road trips. The high fat and fiber content means that you don’t need to eat much to get full.

1 cup banana chips
1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
2 cups unsalted almonds (preferably raw and organic)
1 cup salted roasted cashews
1 cup salted shelled pistachios

1 one gallon zipper plastic bag

Crumble the banana chips until they are about peanut sized pieces
Put all ingredients in a 1 gallon plastic bag or similar siized jar
Shake to combine.