Kids Trail Mix Recipes

Keep these few steps in mind when making trail mix, and you can create different versions over and over.  Better yet the kids can create their own variety and pack them for snacks and lunches!
Simply pick one or two items from each category below and mix it together. Store in air tight containers or baggies and you have a simple snack to take on the go.
trail mix recipes

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Something Salty 

The salty sweet combination is usually what has people eating trail mix.
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Roasted nut variety
  • Sesame sticks
  • Pistachios
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pretzels
  • Chex - gluten and nut free option *
  • Popcorn - gluten and nut free option *
  • Cheerios - gluten and nut free option *

Something Sweet

This doesn't have to be M&M's or candy you can think dried fruit or chocolate chips of some variety. Here are some ideas for sweet additions:
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Dried peaches, apples or apricots cut in bite size pieces 
  • Shredded coconut
  • Banana chips
  • Cereal
  • Freeze dried berries

Favorite Additions

I know my kids and (mine too!) favorite addition to the trail mix is plain M&M's. While it is true that the kids might just pick out their favorites and leave the rest of the trail mix behind, most kids will eat some of the mix along with it.

It is worth a try, if you find it becomes a problem don't include the extra goodies next time.
  • M&M's 
  • Skittles
  • White or milk chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Goldfish or small crackers
  • Teddy bear or animal shaped crackers
  •  

Something New

Sneak in a new healthy addition to your trail mix the kids perhaps haven't tried yet.
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Pepitas
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame sticks 
  • Goji berries
  • Butterscotch chips

Here are 5 Favorite Trail Mix Recipes:

Nutty Trail

Add your favorite nut and other combinations in this combo.
nutty

Cereal  Snack Mix

Use some of your favorite cereal combinations in a trail mix recipe.
cereal snack

In a Jar

Mix in a Jar - Create a trail mix as a gift.
snack in a jar

Taco Flavor 

Taco Snack - This recipe takes it a step further.  Starting with a trail mix, add spices and bake it.
taco snack

Candy Corn Snack

  • 1 Cup Rice cracker mix
  • 1 Cup mixed nuts
  • 1 Cup candy corn or other favorite candy, if not in season
Mix all together and store in a container.
candy corn

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