Looking for an easy after-school or lunch time snack? Make this no-bake Kid-Friendly Snack Mix using a wide-variety of favorite snacks combined in one bowl!
Parenting can be hard. Case in point, one thing I don’t think anyone ever prepared me for was how much kids eat. Like ALL DAY EVERY DAY. It’s a constant snacks fest! I buy more snacks some weeks then main food we will eat for meals. Or at least, it feels that way. My kids actually love a lot of healthy stuff, so I’m really lucky on the front. However, they also love their sweets. They totally get that from me! I shared my Halloween snack mix last year. I realized I should share my kid-friendly snack mix finally on the blog. It’s basically the best of all their snacks in one big bowl.
Snack Mix Table of contents
Today, I’m actually presenting at my son’s kindergarten class for career day. I have the cutest book to read to the class written by a fellow blogger Sommer Poquette of the Green and Clean Mom. The book is titled “My Mommy is a Blogger” and it breaks down the basics of what bloggers do on a daily basis. Afterwards we will create our own “recipe” in class. I plan to have children help measure out each ingredient to this snack mix. Afterwards they will get to taste the “recipe” that they made. I had to think outside the box since I wouldn’t have any access to a microwave let a lone a stove. I also wanted the kids to be able to do something hands on!
How can I get my child involved in cooking?
I’m often asked “How can I get my child involved in cooking?”. The easiest way to start letting them get involved is to let them measure, mix, and stir ingredients. Depending on their age will depend on how much hands on help you’ll need to provide. Believe it or not my kids are not that involved in the kitchen. Most of the time I’m too busy working and creating new recipes and don’t have the time. Yes, I just admitted that. However, on occasion they will ask and I’ll oblige or I’ll carve out time.
Here are a few recipes to get kids involved in the kitchen.
- Making cookies! This is a great way to get them involved. We always have a cooking making day the week before Christmas in my house.
- Stirring pancake batter
- Making ice cream or frozen treats
- Pouring and mixing ingredients for rice krispie treats
These are just a few ways you can get kids cooking in the kitchen with you.
What is a kid-friendly snack mix?
The best way to describe a kid-friendly snack mix is it’s a wide variety of all the snacks they love to eat all in one bowl! The sky is the limit as to what you can include in this mix. For this recipe I included the following.
- mini pretzel twist
- corn chex *although any of the flavors will work
- honey roasted peanut nuts
- mini marshmallows
Other ingredients you could add to the snack mix:
- teddy grahams
- animal crackers
- dried cranberries
- dried apricots
- dried blueberries
- freeze dried strawberries
- peanut M&M’s
- Reese Pieces
Basically, the sky is the limit. If you go with the ingredients I used it will cost you under $20 for everything. Or you can raid your pantry and mix together all the odds and end snacks you have on hand.
Snack Mix FAQs
A snack mix is a mix of pretzels, chex mix, nuts, dried fruit, and sometimes chocolate. Basically, whatever snacks you have on hand–just throw it in a bowl and mix it together.
It is cheaper to make your own trail mix because most of the time you have the components at home. Plus, store bought trail mix ranges from $8-12 a pound in the store and it’s typically filled with the inexpensive items like peanuts and raisins.
Still hungry? Need more snack ideas? Here are a few of my other favorite snack recipes.
Just like a traditional trail mix I decided to include a few M&M’s to help balance the sweet/salty ratio. If you want to make a fun snack with your kids or maybe even use up a bunch of random snacks you have building up in your home I hope you’ll give this trail mix recipe for kids a try.
Snack Mix Recipes
Here are a few more of my favorite holiday themed snack mixes.
If you make this Snack mix recipe, I would be honored and love for you to take the time to leave a star rating and comment! I spend hours developing and testing these recipes, and always love to hear feedback and user experience!
- Mixing Bowl
- 2 cups pretzels
- 2 cups corn chex
- 1 cup mini marshmallow’s
- 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
- 1 cup M&M’s
- 1 cup raisins
- In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, corn chex, mini marshmallow's, honey roasted peanuts, M&M's and raisins.
- Mix well then place in an air tight container. Enjoy!
- Servings – This recipe makes 8 cups or 16 ½ cup servings.
- Storage – Store the snack mix in an air tight container or bag.
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