Trail mix is one of the easiest after school snacks you can make for your kids. Take advantage of time when making your trail mix by getting your kids involved. It can be a learning lesson about healthy eating while they learn to take responsibility for their eating habits at an early age.
Set-Up Assembly Line
You can set up an assembly line to make the process go faster. This can also offer your children the opportunity to be creative and develop their own special blend of trail mix.
You will want a bowl or container for each ingredient you want to add to your mix.
- Supply a scoop, measuring cup or ladle for each bowl.
- Set the bowls/containers on the kitchen table so each child can reach as they go around the table filling their bags.
- If each child wants a different mix, you may prefer to have them sit around the table with individual bowls for each child.
- Provide small sandwich bags for each child, depending on how many bags of trail mix are to be made.
- Make sure you have markers, so your children can write their names on the bags.
Turn it into a game and have the children give their mix a name. See how many different mixes each child can make.
What Foods to Include?
There are endless possibilities for the types of foods to include in a trail mix for after school snacks.
Nuts and Seeds
Decide if you’re going to use raw, roasted, salted or seasoned nuts and seeds. You may prefer to have a mix of both. Buy raw nuts and seeds and roast yourself to save money and control what goes into the trail mix.
- Preheat oven at 350°F
- Spread nuts out evenly onto a cookie pan/sheet
- Bake for 5 to 10 minutes. You want a nice golden-brown coloring. Be careful not to burn.
- Set aside and allow to cool before adding to the trail mix.
Salted or Seasoned Nuts
There are countless ways you can season roasted nuts. The simplest way is to use sea salt and butter. If your kids like specific seasonings, you can tailor your roasted nut process for their palates.
- 2 ½ cups of nuts (your choice)
- 1/3 cup of maple syrup
- 4 tbl unsalted butter, melted
- Flaky sea salt (to taste)
- Place nuts in a deep bowl suitable for mixing.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat or microwave.
- Add maple syrup and stir until well mixed.
- Pour mixture over nuts and stir to coat the nuts.
- Spray a cookie pan with cooking oil (olive oil).
- Spoon nut mixture onto the pan spread out as level as possible.
Place in 350°F preheated oven and cook for 5-10 minutes, be sure not to burn.
- You may need to stir the nuts to keep from burning.
- Allow to cool before adding to trail mix.
Easy DIY Trail Mix for After School Snacks
Some different trail mix ingredients you can add are:
There are many crunchy choices to add to your trail mix for after school snacking. Some of these include pretzels (broken into pieces or short stick styles), popcorn, Cheerios and other cereals. You might even want to add Fritos corn chips or Cheez-Its to give your children a few familiar tastes to encourage them to try the trail mix.
If you have a dehydrator, you can teach your children how to dry fruit for their trail mixes. You may choose to purchase already prepared dried fruit. Some choices include, apples, cranberries, blueberries, raisins, pineapple pieces, dates, strawberries and banana chips.
Easy Trail Mix for After School Snacks
There are many different combinations of ingredients you can use to create tasty and healthy snacks for your children. They will appreciate this snack especially if they help to create it.