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I love a good trail mix but I they can get pretty pricey at the store and I don’t always have the right ingredients to make other recipes.  So, I like to make an “anything goes” trail mix that can be made in any combination of ingredients.  It can either feature nuts or primarily crackers and pretzels–it’s all up to the maker.

(As a side note, this is also a great recipe to use up cracker crumbs–our animal crackers were in pieces after Evelyn carried the bag around like her baby for an afternoon but in a trail mix, it doesn’t matter that they aren’t whole).

Here’s How:


Combine about 8 to 10 cups of any of the following ingredients:

  • Popped, lightly salted popcorn
  • Mini pretzels or pretzel sticks
  • Roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds, toasted sesame seeds, almonds, pecans or mixed nuts, etc
  • Raisins, craisins, dried dates, dried apricots, shredded coconut, etc
  • Chopped graham crackers, dry cereal (Cheerios, Chex Mix, Granola, etc), rolled oats, animal crackers, mini peanut butter crackers, etc

Preheat the oven to 350F.  In a small saucepan, melt together 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup honey or brown sugar and a dash of salt.  Bring to a rolling boil for one minute.


Spread dry ingredients on a large cookie sheet.  Drizzle the butter mixture over the top and place in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes, or until lightly golden.  Stir trail mix once during baking time.  When done, let cool slightly on the pan then remove to a sheet of aluminum foil to finish cooling.


After cooling, add any of the following ingredients:

  • Miniature marshmallows
  • M&Ms
  • Semisweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, etc

The combinations are endless but no matter how it’s made, it turns out lightly sweet and scrumptious.


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