usually when i come up with a new recipe and subsequently write a blog post, i am inspired by something going on with one of my kids. in this weeks story oliver recently started camp and with camp come long bus rides. in my mind bus rides equal two things; curse words and junk food. yes, i am probably being a little dramatic but this is oliver’s first bus experience so i am keeping a close eye on both things. so far, no potty language has emerged so we are clear on that front. surprisingly, i don’t think he has eaten much junk either but he did tell me that one boy shared his chex trail mix and that it was so yummy. quote “SOOO yummy.”
considering i rarely buy cereal, buying pre-packaged (read: processed, overly salted, chemical filled) trail mix is out of the question so i explained to O that trail mix is only yummy because it is a great mix of crunchy, salty, sweet and tart snacks and that we could come up with our own version.
i went to the health food store and got about 10-15 items that could work for our trail mix taste test and oliver made the final decision. this recipe is all courtesy of my 4 1/2 year old, so i am pretty proud of it, and must say it is quite good.
all you need is an extra large mason ball jar and some measuring cups.
we used equal parts of all of the following;
dried cherries- make sure they are not sweetened with any added sugar. i usually get mine from fairway or the health food store. a perfect sweet and sour kick for your palate.
mini chocolate chips- i like “enjoy life” brand because they are soy and dairy free and made with real high quality chocolate. they also make mini chocolate chunks which really meant for baking but can be used here as well.
raisins- we used three kinds in our mix; regular, golden and zante currants. they each have a slightly different taste and sweetness and add fun color and texture, plus my kids are both raisin monsters.
it has taken me a while to find cereal i am okay with. the litmus test is 3 or less ingredients and no added sugar. ironically both of the cereals i like are O’s, which oliver loves too :)
cascadian farms O’s - this is the healthy version of cheerios.
cracklin’ oat bran- flattened out oat squares with round whole in the middle. absolutely delicious in yogurt, on its own or in this trail mix. oliver said its his favorite part
whole wheat pretzels- i found salted whole wheat pretzel nuggets at trader joe’s that i love. snyders also makes whole wheat pretzels that are great but they only come as long sticks so would need to be broken up for this mix. i also like flat pretzel chips and they can work in this mix. these add the perfect salty kick.
feel free to get creative with ingredients! this mason jar will be the gift that keeps on giving. i reach in every day as this is a staple item in oliver’s lunchbox and amelie loves it as a snack.
(not gonna lie- i also pack a ziplock for myself at work :) )
stay cool in this ridiculous heat wave people!