August 31st was National Trail Mix day and that gave us a great idea! We love taking trail mix on hikes, long car rides, or even enjoying a bowl as a “good for you” movie snack on a rainy day. Here we have for you a savory mix that isn’t full of sugar and even has a little kick to it.
So what is furikake (pronounced furry-kah-keh) anyways? Well, it’s a rice seasoning that is used a lot in Japan and is usually a mixture of dried seaweed, sugar, salt and sesame seeds. There are many different flavors that have other things added, and you can typically find some furikake at your local Asian market.
The furikake is used here as seasoning for the cashews that goes really well with the rice crackers and the apricots. This mix is savory rather then sweet, with roasted cashews in a salty furikake mixture, and Japanese rice cracker mix!
A couple handfuls of dried apricots can be added to get a little sweetness –and fiber too!
What’s your favorite trail mix ingredient?
- 1 pound whole raw cashews
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- 3 tablespoons Furikake rice seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 cups Japanese rice cracker mix
- 2 cups wasabi peas
- 2-3 handfuls whole dried apricots
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the cashews on a large baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the sheet. Reduce the oven to 250 degrees.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg white and water until the mixture gets foamy. Add the cashews and stir to coat each nut well. Transfer the cashews to a sieve, shake a little and let drain over the sink for a few minutes.
- Combine the Furikake, salt, pepper and sugar in a large bowl and add the cashews. Toss well to coat. Spread the nuts back out on the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes and then stir. Bake for 25-30 minutes more, until the nuts are lightly browned and dry to the touch. They will crisp up as they cool.
- When the nuts are completely cooled, put them in the large bowl again and add in the rice cracker mix, the wasabi peas and toss in the dried apricots.
- Mix everything together in a large bowl and dig in!