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trail mix

Trail mix

Mix up a big batch of this trail mix to serve as a snack. It's healthier than store-bought versions and you'll save money!

Number of servings: 10
Serving size: About 1/2 cup


2 cups oat circles cereal

1 cup corn squares cereal

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup dried raisins

1/2 cup pretzels


Time needed: 10 minutes preparation

  1. Mix cereals, cranberries, raisins, and pretzels in a large bowl.
  2. Store in an airtight container or zipper-style plastic bag for future use.

Nutritional information

Calories 123
Total Fat: 1 g
Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 234 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 29 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Total Sugar: 10 g
Protein: 2.5 g

Check food labels for possible allergens.

Tips and variations

Try using whole grain cereal options.

Other dried fruit such as dried banana chips, dried apricots, or dried apple chips can be used
instead of raisins or cranberries.

Can also add nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.) or chocolate chips for flavor.


This was adapted from the United States Department of Agriculture's Sweet & Salty Trail mix (no date; What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl).

Related resources

Bean and garlic dip (hummus) — Make yourself a homemade batch of hummus. It's a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.

Cowboy caviar — Turn canned beans, corn, and tomatoes into a tasty dip. This really jazzes up tacos, eggs, chicken, and more.

Simply Snacks (PDF) — Look no further for quick and healthy snack ideas to take on the go.

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