I love trail mix as a snack for kids. It’s easy to make and transports well, and it’s energy dense – giving them a much needed boost whenever the hangries hit (you know the ones – when hungry kids (or mamas) get grumpy!) I have recently been sending Immy to school with a small serving of homemade trail mix in her lunch box each day – it makes a great, nibbly alternative to pre-packaged snack foods at recess or lunch.
Making a fabulous trail mix is as simple as A+B+C or 1+2+3! Choose one ingredient from each of the following categories, stir a handful of each together and store in an airtight container, serving as required.
Nuts: Add your favourite nuts – almonds, walnuts or cashews are all good. Choose unsweetened and unsalted. I should note, we don’t include nuts in our school time trail mix as our school is nut free.
Seeds: Our favourite are pumpkin seeds but sunflower seeds and sesame seeds are good too.
Dried Fruit: Dried cranberries, blueberries, goji berries, apricots, apples, raisins or sultanas, pineapple, mango, dates or banana chips. Choose one or two for your mix and remember a little goes a long way!
Crunch: A great trail mix needs some crunch! Popcorn, puffed rice, cornflakes, Cheerios or other breakfast cereal (consider the sugar content of any cereal added) are all good.
Sweet treat (optional): Be light handed when it comes to adding sweet treats. Our favourite are mini marshmallows but coconut flakes and choc chips (dark chocolate chips are best) add sweetness too.
What is your favourite trail mix combination?
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