Trail Mix with Cocoa-Dusted Almonds

12 servings 

2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp brown sugar
½ cup whole almonds
1 tsp honey
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup dried apricots (quartered)
½ cup dates (halved)
½ cup unalted walnut halves (dry-roasted)
½ cup unsalted peanuts (dry-roasted)
¼ cup raisins

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the cocoa powder and brown sugar. In a small skillet, heat the almonds, honey, and vanilla over very low heat for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the honey has melted and the almonds are sticky, stirring constantly. Add the almonds to the cocoa powder mixture, stirring to coat well. Pour the almonds into a fine-mesh sieve, shaking gently to remove the excess coating.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the almonds and the remaining ingredients. Transfer to a tightly covered container. Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature for up to one week.