File this one under B for “barely a recipe.” (But good luck finding it when you need it, because none of the ingredients start with a B. No, not even that one.)
They’re not banana chips, they’re plantain chips! Trader Joe’s is featuring these great roasted plantain chips. They’re cut thin so that they’re not at all hard like banana chips, just wonderfully crisp. They’re very good on their own, but like other salty snacks—yeah I’m looking at you, pretzels—they’re better in an ensemble. They really shine with the complement of something sweet (like dried pineapple), something soft (like dried pineapple) and something peanuts (like peanuts).
I like to crush my plantain chips a little so they don’t magically rise straight to the top of the mix. That is literally the most complex thing I can think to add to this “recipe.” It’s not really a recipe—just something I thought you might like to know, in case you are as stubborn as I am and refuse to buy prepackaged snack mixes on the suspicion that they might be deviously overpriced, especially the ones that contain fruit and/or nuts. This one is all fruit and nuts, thus sticking it right to those trail mix moguls. So if you, like me, have time to stew over the Planter family’s potentially ill-gotten profits (not to mention Mr. and Mrs. Ocean Spray and all those lazy cranberry heirs), but you don’t have time to spread peanut butter on a rice cake at snack time, here you go. Recipe.
Three-Ingredient Tropical Snack Mix
- Roasted Plantain Chips
- Salted Peanuts
- Dried Pineapple
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl (to serve immediately) or airtight container (to snack on casually). Experiment to find the ratio that’s perfect for you, or dump each package out and see what you get. Enjoy.