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Heart-Y Antioxidant Almond Snack Mix

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - This snack mix is a nutritious take on the sweet party mix often referred to as "puppy chow." With less butter, less sugar and more fibre and antioxidants, this version doesn't have to be reserved just for parties. Portion out a few servings in plastic bags at the beginning of the week for a satisfying grab and go snack.

Heart-Y Antioxidant Almond Snack Mix
Active time: 8-10 minutes - Start to finish time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (750 mL) multi-grain cereal squares
  • 3 cups (750 mL) fibre cereal twigs
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sweetened dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) dark chocolate morsels
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) almond butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) enriched margarine spread (may use butter)
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) almond flour
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) confectioners' sugar

Directions:

Line a large sheet pan with waxed paper. Place cereal and dried cranberries in a large resealable plastic bag.

In a microwavable bowl, add chocolate chips, almond butter and enriched margarine spread (or butter). Microwave on high heat, uncovered, for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds; Remove and stir until smooth.

Pour chocolate mixture into plastic bag, seal and shake to coat evenly. Add almond flour, sliced almonds and confectioners' sugar. Reseal and shake to coat. Spread mixture on waxed paper and cool completely. Refrigerate in an airtight container; mix can be stored for up to 1 week.

Recipe courtesy of the Almond Board of California. For more almond information, eating tips and easy recipes visit www.AlmondBoard.com.

Serving Size: Makes 9 Cups

Nutritional Information: Per (1/2 cup, 125 mL) Serving: Calories 237 kcals; Cholesterol 0 mg; Total fat 13.3 g; Fibre 7.0 g; Saturated 2.5 g; Calcium 94 mg; Monounsaturated 5.7 g; Magnesium 65 mg; Polyunsaturated 3.9 g; Sodium 148 mg; Carb 34 g; Potassium 226 mg; Protein 4 g; Vitamin E 3.0 mg


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