I love trail mix. But I also hate trail mix.
I can be a somewhat picky eater. I like peanuts, walnuts, and pistachios, but generally don’t care for other nuts. Trail mix always seems to have things like cashews and almonds, which I don’t care for. I will pick them out and give them away, or throw them out, but it feels like a waste. So I started making my own trail mix with all things I wanted, and nothing I didn’t care for. Hallelujah!
Once Skylar came along, I started making what I called Kiddie Trail Mix for her. I included all the things that she liked, and things that I thought was safe and healthy for her to eat. A few years ago, I brought Kiddie Trail Mix to a friend’s house when she held a Halloween party for the kids. While the kids liked it, the moms loved it! 3 Halloween parties later, she is still requesting Kiddie Trail Mix. The ingredients change every year, but here’s what I made for her most recent Halloween party:
This batch included:
- Apple Crisp crunchy granola bars by Nature’s Valley, broken into pieces
- Chocolate Teddy Grahams
- Honey Nut Chex
- Yogurt covered raisins
- Cherry juice infused cranberries (I thought I was grabbing dried cherries, but these were very good)
- Organic Banana Chips from Trader Joe’s
- Apple Clusters from Trader Joe’s
All you have to do is pour the ingredients into a bowl (or cauldron!) and mix it up.
The best thing about this mix is that every single item can be changed/eliminated/added to make it the perfect mix for your family. It’s great for picky eaters or food allergies. I don’t use anything that needs to be refrigerated or cooked, so it’s great for an on-the-go snack.
Get Creative and Enjoy!
P.S. Incase anyone is interested, here are a few of the other things I have used in my kiddie mixes:
- Other Cereals: Cheerios, Kix, cookie crisp
- Dried Fruit: pineapple, apricots, cherries, raisins
- Crackers/Cookie: Wheat Thins, mini Ritz sandwiches, Nilla cookies
- Nuts/Seeds: sunflower seeds, peanuts, pistachios
- Other: popcorn, variety of granola bars