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Cran-Apple Christmas Chocolate Nut Crunch

I like to make homemade gifts for Christmas, but this year I did not have time to cook. Even cookies were too much and yet I still wanted something fun and personal to give to my friends. After a quick trip to Costco I was all ready to go. The apple crisps I used are Bare Fruit™ brand Organic Crisps with no added sugar or salt. They give a little extra crunch with a wonderful green apple flavor and aroma. This mix is great to eat yourself or give away and no cooking!


 1 part chocolate chips
 1 part Craisins® (sweetened dried cranberries)
 1 1/2 parts roasted peanuts
 1/2 part cashews
 1 part pecans
 1 part dried apple crisps


Break any large pieces (i.e. apples) into bite sized pieces so everything is a similar size and easier to mix. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl or zip-top bag. Feel free to use any combination of nuts and dried fruits that you have handy. Adding dried mango pieces, macadamia nuts and some white chocolate chips makes this extra special.

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Craisins Peanuts Cashews Pecans No-Cook

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