Some things start out as good ideas…but just don’t work.
Wearing my black keds with hot pink shoelaces, green jeans, a blue sweatshirt, and purple socks. Not kidding one bit – this really happened, and there’s a picture of it.
That perm I got in college. The bad music I used to listen to. The punk phase I went through in high school – I literally only shopped at Hot Topic for months. Sorry mom and dad.
I’ve got a ton of examples, and I’m sure you have your own.
But this trail mix nut butter? It may be one of the best idea I’ve ever had. I love trail mix. I love nut butters. And I wanted to really break in my food processor after only using it to shred zucchini, make pesto, and puree hummus.
And…one other bad idea?
Don’t put a wooden spoon down the shute of your food processor to press the sides of the nuts down. It won’t end well, and then you’ll spend 5 minutes picking shards of wood out of your nut butter base. Trust me.
Spoon incident aside – this trail mix nut butter has everything I love in a trail mix, blended together to drizzle on oatmeal, spoon onto yogurt, or slather on bread for an even better pb&j sandwich.
My favorite trail mix has peanuts, sunflower seeds, currants, chocolate chips, and m&ms (which are required in trail mix, right?). The best part of making a trail mix nut butter is that you can make it with your favorite mix-ins!
Love butterscotch chips and dried cherries? Go for it. If you like cashews and almonds more, whip those up instead of the peanuts and sunflower seeds.
I’m pretty sure a chocolate raspberry one will be happening soon, too.
Trail Mix Nut Butter
Makes: about 1 cup
- 2/3 cup roasted salted peanuts
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 Tbsp dried currants
- 1 Tbsp chocolate chips
- 1 Tbsp mini m&m candies
- Pour the peanuts and sunflower seeds into the bowl of a food processor. Turn it on a medium speed and let it run for 5-7 minutes until the mixture is broken down and beginning to look creamy.
- Taking breaks if the processor needs it, keep running the peanuts and sunflowers together until the mixture is as smooth as you want it.
- Add the currants, chocolate chips, and m&ms and let it spin together for another minute.
- Scoop into an air-tight jar.