Snacks & Treats
A Nut-Free Trail Mix That Is So Easy To Make And So Easy To Customize
BY GWEN LERON, DELIGHTFUL ADVENTURES
Feb 16, 2018
If it’s sometimes a chore to find nut-free snacks that both you and your kids will love, then this nut-free trail mix recipe is for you!
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The great thing about making this snack is that every batch can be different. It’s a dream recipe if your kids are picky because you can come up with personalized combinations, and it’s nut-free so it’s a nice alternative snack to send in kids' lunches (just make sure to check with your kids' school first), or serve as an after-school snack. I even like to munch on it while I work!
The recipe below is a basic version with simple add-ins — I personally like to keep it simple! — but here are a few options for different add-ins you can experiment with. Feel free to step outside of the list and add other things your kids like.
- dried fruits (apricots, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc)
- dried cherries
- coconut chips
- roasted chickpeas
- banana chips
- plantain chips
- chocolate covered raisins
This is an easy recipe to make — there is no hot stove, hot liquids, or complicated processes, so kids can make this on their own. In my case, and likely yours too, when my kids make a recipe and have the choice over what goes in and what stays out, they’re more likely to eat it — and love it. The only rule, and it’s a loose one, is that you start with a base and then customize with your add-ins.
To make nut-free trail mix, you will need:
- 3/4 cup roasted, unsalted pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pretzels (any shape)
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons mini-chocolate chips
Add all ingredients to an airtight jar and shake to mix everything up.
You can mix and match your ingredients (see suggestions above), but be sure to always have a good base of seeds to start. I recommend what is used in the recipe, 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds and 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds.
I use unsalted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, but I will sometimes use salted sunflower seeds for a little hint of saltiness if none of the other add-ins are salty.
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for larger batches.