ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Trail Mix Recipes for Back to School Snacks

Monday, August 17, 2009

Trail Mix Recipes for Back to School Snacks

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Soon the picnic will be packed up and we'll all be back in routines packing lunches and snacks. For today's "In the Kitchen" picnic post we've rounded up some fun snack mixes for you to start mixing up and sampling!

Cherry Orange Snack Mix
~2 cups rice cereal squares
~12 oz. can salted mixed nuts
~2 egg whites
~2 Tbsp. orange juice
~1-1/4 cups sugar
~1 tsp. cinnamon
~1/4 cup butter
~1-1/2 cups dried cherries

Combine cereal and mixed nuts in large bowl.
Beat egg whites, orange juice, sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl until very soft peaks form. Pour over cereal mixture and stir to mix well. Melt butter in 15x10 jelly roll pan. Spread cereal mixture in prepared pan.
Bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring twice during baking. Stir in dried cherries and bake 10-15 minutes longer until mixture is lightly browned and crisp. Cool completely, break up into small chunks, if necessary, and store in airight containers.

Praline Cherry Munch
~4 cups frosted flakes
~4 cups sweetened puffed corn cereal
~2 Tbsp. butter
~3/4 cup brown sugar
~1/2 cup corn syrup
~1/4 cup butter
~1/4 tsp. salt
~1/2 tsp. baking soda
~1 tsp. vanilla
~1 cup dried cherries or dried sweetened cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine cereals in large bowl. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in jelly roll pan. In large saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, 1/4 cup butter and salt. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently, about 4-6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda (mixture will foam up) and vanilla. Pour over cereals and mix well. Place in buttered jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
For microwave method, omit butter in jelly roll pan, place coated cereal mixture in microwave safe glass container, and microwave on HIGH 2-4 minutes until glazed, stirring after each minute.
For either method, cool hot mixture for 10 minutes, remove from pan and stir in dried cherries. Cool completely.

The List Maker’s Favorite Mix:

The Ultimate Trail Mix


1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup dried pineapple
1 cup dried apple pieces
1 cup peanuts1 cup cashews
1 cup almonds
1 cup marshmallows (any kind)
1 1/2 cups puppy chow
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanutbutter chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup white chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
Great to take along on hikes, a day in the park or on road trips.

Morning Mix on the Trail

Family Fun has a Snowy Trail Mix. There are so many ways to adapt trail mixes to make them fun for themed events and holidays.

Read more about simple trail mixes in an article by Kathryn Vercillo.

For this week's Picnic Table Talk we'll be talking snacks.
~What easy snacks do you pack for your family?
~What nutritious snacks do your children most enjoy?
~Do you have any creative tricks for encouraging healthy snacking in your home?
~What do you use to pack your snacks in?
~Does your child's school have specific requirements for healthy snacks?


  1. These sound so yummy...we will have to try some of them!

  2. I'm up for some trail mix making - thanks for the great list of recipes!

  3. I just posted my homemade granola bar recipe. My kids eat them every day. You should check it out.

  4. trail mix is the GREATEST creation ever;) a perfect mix of sweet and salty; yum!!

  5. Thanks for the yummy recipes! Praline Cherry Munch sounds right up my alley. :D

  6. YUMMERIFIC! I can't wait to try these out-thanks!

  7. right now in upstate ny the local plums are in so my children love them and we try a variety they love the yellow sugar plums.
    the snack ideas are great thanks gonna try the cherry one.