Trail mix

Trail mix

I love making up trail mix (or “gorp” as some like to call it) to put into a little bag and pack in AJ’s lunchbox. Trail mix is also great for adding to a travel bag for a long car trip, packing for a hike or serving up for kids to munch on at the movies, a sleep over or out camping etc. If you can get your kids involved in choosing the ingredients and helping mix it all together it is almost guaranteed that they will munch it down happily.

A great idea is to make a big bowl of your mix, and then scoop it into little snack snap-lock bags and then store them in an airtight container so they are ready to go when you need them.

I have been having a look at various recipes online and have come up with a long and clunky list of ingredients for you to scan through (see the extended entry) for ideas but I have also included some of our favourite mixes. I think the thing to remember that there are no hard and fast rules about what and how much to include in your trail mix – it’s all about personal preference.

AJ’s Bestest and most Favouritest
Sweet and Savoury combo
Any or all of the following:
Tiny teddies (replace with any other favourite mini cookie)
Pop corn
Lightly salted pistachio nuts
Lightly salted roasted cashews
Dried apricots
Dried apple
Saltanas
Puffed Rice
Shredded Coconut
Mini Marshmallows (sometimes – and don’t add these to store, add them at the last moment)

Kiddley’s Crazy Mix (for special occasions)
M & Ms
Sultanas
Dried banana chips
Small pretzels
Various nuts but definitely including peanuts, brazil nuts, pistachios and cashews
Plain corn chips

The Kiddley Classic (for healthy folks and every day munching)
Peanuts
Cashews
Dried apricots
Dried apple
Puffed corn
Sultanas

Asian Explosion (for kids into spicy yumminess)
Japanese rice crackers of various kinds
Crispy chow mein noodles
Spicy Peanuts
Wasabi Peas (hot hot hot!)
Indian chickpea crisps

The extended mix for you to choose from
Pop corn
Soy nuts
Dried cranberries
Dried blueberries
Dried pineapple
Dried apple
Dried cherries
Dried apricots
Sultanas
Assorted nuts, either lightly salted or unsalted
Marshmallows (mini or otherwise)
Chocolate chips
White chocolate chips
Peanutbutter chips
Butterscotch chips
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Raisins
M & Ms
Mini pretzels
Breakfast cereal
Rice crackers
Chickpea chips
Wasabi peas
Corn chips
Pretzels
Shredded coconut
Crispy chow mein noodles
Small cookies
Puffed corn
Puffed rice

15 Responses to “Trail mix”

  1. Eren

    We do this too! When I clean out the pantry, I just toss all of the kid friendly things into one giant gallon sized baggie and mix it up. I havent done any with a theme yet, so this will be fun to try some new things in our mix. Thanks!

  2. jen

    What a good idea. I’m about to venture into the world of making school lunches so I need all the inspiration I can get. Mind you, JJ is right now eating a mix of sultanas and apricot yoghurt balls.

  3. Kelly

    We do this all the time too, but we call it “scroggen”, which I think came from a camping expedition long ago pre-kids. Ours isn’t always as healthy as it should be, just left overs and cut up apricot bars, tiny teddies, mini marshmallows, M&M’s etc. I’ll try sneaking in more nuts and sultana’s though!!

  4. andi

    May I suggest (having just spent 3 years with 2 kids at a kinder run by rubbish nazis – and I mean that in the nicest possible way!!!) that you store your trail mix in tiny tupperware containers rather than zip-lock bags. They can be re-used and cut down on the amount of rubbish produced. Also watch out for all those nuts and stuff with so many kids having allergies these days. They don’t allow ANY nuts at our kinder and creche even when there are no allergic children attending.

  5. Tami

    I do this for my kids quite a bit. One we like has golden grahams, peanuts, M&M’s, banana chips and raisins. My husband’s mom always has a large container of trail mix on her counter.

  6. Penni

    For adults I like to toss a combo of nuts, crispy noodles, nutri grain (cereal) and sultanas with egg white and various spices (varies, but might include rosemary, paprika, cayenne, ginger, cardamom or I might just use a pre-mixed spice mix) and cook it at a low temp in the oven for a while, till the nuts are roasted but nothing is burnt.
    I think Andi’s comments above regarding nuts are worth noting, and I like her suggestion to use reusable containers.

  7. shinyruby

    yummo!! i like the idea of adding tiny teddies (or other fun things) to the mix as well… good for kids + adults! yum :)

  8. Ren

    My mum used to make a version of this with bran and nutrigrain as well, always tasted good.

  9. Tracey

    Sometimes we’ll make this for parties at school, and we call it “friendship mix”, because we ask everyone (or several kids) to each bring something.

  10. Amy

    Jen, just to confirm..yep, Meg was right: Sultanas are raisins. (Also, Tiny Teddies are the same thing as Teddy Grahams.)

    Thanks for this list, Claire… It’s great to have some extra ideas to choose from. I’ve been trying to eat healthier, and this is a good snack for anyone, young & old, because you can adjust it to wants/needs/occasions.

  11. Brett

    I am just a plain ‘ole trail mix addict! I also fell in love with custom trail mix but travel so much I never seemed to have time to make my own.

    This led me to start a custom trail mix company http://www.nuttyidea.net . . . if your ever in a hurry and need a little help we would love to earn your business!

    Your Mix . . . Your Way!

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