8:11 AM Ahhh, September. Back to school, bye bye summer, and hello fall! A new season is approaching and many still don't feel ready. 
I understand that.
Summer was beautiful. It still is. 
We are not ready to get back to school and be more serious again. Waking up when it's still dark outside... ughh. How much I don't like this transition. Less light, less motivation... less good vibes. 

But good news.
We can change that.
This is our energy and we can always work on that - even when the outside doesn't help us much. 
Let me tell you. 

You are ready for back to school.
You are ready for a few changes and maybe new beginnings. 
Again, it's September. Only 4 months and the year is over... Can you believe that? This is the best motivation to get a little boost and inspiration to go hard! 

My little extra motivation, the sprinkles on top, are the right food choices that join me to reach my goals. I am mad busy right now and I want to feel healthy and strong while I try to deliver and get all my shit together. 
In my mind I see cinnamon rolls, warmed up, and tons of coffee, some pizza slices appear, too. But this is not what I want or need during my busy phase now. I want something that nourishes me... at least for a little bit. Most importantly, I need to have access to it anywhere. 

Today I want to present you a little something I tried for the first time. 
I am the queen of snacks. I just love them. Trail mixes are one of my favorites to maintain a healthy lifestyle! I have been looking forever to find the best trail mix and I found my healthy pleasure at Whole Foods. Their trail mixes are beyond creative and just sexy. 

I showed you in my Whole Foods favorite products post my favorite trail mix they offer: the pb & j trail mix. It's super affordable and it gives you actually anything you need! No cravings or aftersnacking here, because you got all the good elements covered. Something sweet, chocolatey, salty, and rich! It really feels like eating a pb & j sandwich with a handful of pretzels aside. 

My mission was clear. 
I needed to create my own version of this. 

Again. I needed pretzels or pretzel bites, peanuts, tiny peanut butter cups, cranberries, and raisins. 
I didn't want to copy it just like that, I wanted to add my little twist and that's why my trail mix would look like this: pretzel sticks, cinnamon roasted peanuts, tiny peanut butter cups, apricots and plum bites (because that's my favorite jam). 

Let's do this. 


YOU NEED 150g peanuts + 1 tablespoon honey + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 100g pretzel sticks or bites + a bar of your favorite chocolate + 1/2 Cup smooth peanut butter + 3 tablespoons warm butter + 3/4 Cup powdered sugar + a pinch of vanilla + a pinch of salt + dried fruits which you like the most: I went with apricots and plums - a handfull of each is enough

1. We start with the peanut butter cups. Yes, we are creating our own Reese's here. OMG. Yes. I feel the same way... In a bowl mix together the peanut butter, the warm butter, and the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla and salt and make sure that all the ingredients are blended well. You can surely use a mixer for that!
2. Now when the mixture is all set, take a little bit out and form tiny shapes, or just little balls - bite size. Since I like visuals, I made some tiny balls, triangles, or squares... Place your art on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer as soon as you turned everything into little artworks. 
3. Meanwhile heat up your chocolate - I used dark chocolate to stay on the healthy side! Pop it in the microwave for a few seconds or just melt it in a pot over medium heat.
4. Remove the peanut butter fun from the freezer and dip them into the melted chocolate. Make sure to cover your peanut butter from every side. Once this is done, put them back on your baking sheet and freeze them one more time. We leave them in there for at least 1 hour. 
5. You don't need to do this step, I just wanted to have a little extra flavor for my peanuts, so I roasted them with one tablespoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to get a little warm and fall-ish flavor. Roast them on medium heat so that the honey melts and coats all of the peanuts. Let this mixture rest and fully cool down, once it is done. 
6. Take out your fruits and pretzels and cut them into bite size as well. Super easy. 
7. Now it's time to mix everything together! For safe storage, I am using a Weck jar that I can also take anywhere with me. I put some pretzel sticks at the bottom, take some of the peanut butter cups fresh out of the freezer into my jar and then sprinkle fruits and peanuts on top. I do this just as many times as my jar gets fuller. To have everything evenly mixed, I give it a little shake at the end. 
I even had a little left-over so I could fill a second jar with this! 

I don't have to go back to school, but with this trail mix I would be so ready for school. 
What I do is putting one of the jars on my office desk and one into my backpack which I always carry around. Whenever I feel snacky and I need the extra boost, I just grab my trail mix and feel good! 

A homemade trail mix is really something nice and I guess I should do this and different flavor experiments definitely more often! It's good to create stuff like this by yourself! 

Thank you Whole Foods for the inspiration! 
Happy Back To School season to everybody!! ~

*Boys and girls, write down the new vocabulary you have learned today: Wanderweg — trail.