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Make Your Own Trail Mix – Easy Trail Mix Recipe

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This make your own trail mix bar is such a fun way to get the kids involved. Lay out a variety of trail mix ingredients, and let them assemble their own trail mix snack!

This make your own trail mix bar is such a fun way to get the kids involved. Lay out a variety of ingredients, and let them assemble their own trail mix!

Homemade Trail Mix

Somehow it always seems like the first thing my kids do when they get home from school is to beg for a snack. Their school serves lunch early (around 11:00) so by the time they get home from school, they are absolutely starving. I try to give them something filling and healthy-ish to eat, to tide them over until dinner time, but sometimes it’s hard to think of ideas. We started doing a make your own trail mix bar occasionally for them a few years ago, and it is one of their favorite snack ideas. I love that my somewhat picky (and very opinionated kids) can make their own snacks, with just the ingredients that they like, and everyone is happy!

Make Your Own Trail Mix

Skip the store-bought trail mix and make your own at home! Making trail mix at home is awesome for several reasons:

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  1. You can make it exactly the way you want, with only the ingredients you want
  2. It’s generally less expensive, because you can pull together whatever you have on hand
  3. It’s a great way to involve even the littlest kids in making their own snacks

Trail Mix Bar

My kids absolutely love it when I set up a trail mix bar for them! I gather a variety of our favorite trail mix ingredients and lay them out on the table, and then the kids can choose what they like. They have so much fun adding their favorites to a bowl and mixing it all together into a tasty snack mix. The combination below is one of our favorites for movie night, but when we’re making trail mix for lunch boxes, I usually make them stick to healthier ingredients.

This make your own trail mix bar is such a fun way to get the kids involved. Lay out a variety of ingredients, and let them assemble their own trail mix!

Trail Mix Ingredients

One of the best things about trail mix is that it’s so versatile! You can add exactly what you like, and make it as healthy or as decadent as you want. Here are some of my family’s favorite additions to our trail mix recipe:

  • M&M’s candies
  • Chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Pretzels
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, banana chips, dried apricots, dried mango, etc.)
  • Nuts
  • Cereal (Cheerios, Chex, etc.)
  • Mini Swedish fish

Healthy Trail Mix

If you’re trying to make your trail mix a little healthier, you could easily leave out the candies and chocolate chips, and add more healthy ingredients, like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut chips, and/or more dried fruit. It’s so fun to add what you like and make it your own!

This make your own trail mix bar is such a fun way to get the kids involved. Lay out a variety of ingredients, and let them assemble their own trail mix!

Here are a few more after-school snack ideas –

Trail Mix Recipe

Trail Mix Recipe

This make your own trail mix bar is perfect for lunch boxes, after school snacks, or to take on adventures. Since each kid can assemble their own, there's no need to whine about ingredients they don't like. That's always a win in my book!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients

  • M&M's candies
  • Chocolate chips semi-sweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, etc.
  • Pretzels
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Dried fruit raisins, dried cranberries, banana chips, dried apricots, dried mango, etc.
  • Nuts
  • Cereal Cheerios, Chex, etc.
  • Mini Swedish fish

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients of your choice to small bowls or cups.
  2. Fill plastic baggies with spoonfuls of desired ingredients.
  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can add as many ingredients as you choose. Adjust calories accordingly. 

This make your own trail mix bar is such a fun way to get the kids involved. Lay out a variety of ingredients, and let them assemble their own trail mix!

This make your own trail mix bar is such a fun way to get the kids involved. Lay out a variety of trail mix ingredients, and let them assemble their own trail mix snack! #trailmix #trailmixrecipe #trailmixbar #healthy #snacks #snacksforkid

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