Another school year is well underway and with it comes homework, play dates, team sports and more. All this can make the task of feeding you and your kids healthy snacks a daunting one. Fortunately, there are quick and easy recipes like this nut and honey snack mix to help you avoid an overload of pre-packaged foods.
This chewy nut and honey snack mix can be made on the stove top alone in a matter of minutes, or use the optional “crispy” instructions. A quick bake in the oven will add a little crunch.
This recipe was shared with us by California Raisins, and they offered a few good, simple tips to help your family avoid falling into an unhealthy snack rut:
- Make grab-and-go snacks. Fresh is fantastic, but you will also need a shelf of portable snacks. On busy days, go-to snacks that travel well in backpacks, lunch boxes, your purse or car will save time and satisfy hungry tummies.
- Involve the kids. Create healthy habits by involving kids in snack preparation. When kids are engaged in creating their own snacks, parents can make valuable connections between food choices and nutrition. (Alisa’s Note: they can learn to toss together their own trail mix and help in stirring together simple recipes, like the nut and honey snack mix below.)
- Don’t forget the fun. Remind kids that snacking healthy can be creative and fun. Introduce them to the rainbow of colors, shapes, and tastes included in a healthy diet. (Alisa’s Note: think seasonal fruit kabobs or lightly blanched cut vegetables with hummus or salsa guacamole.)
- Remind kids: healthy is tasty. It really is possible to make healthy snacks kids won’t trade at recess. Prepare wholesome snacks, like this chewy and delicious nut and honey snack mix.
Special Diet Notes & Options: Nut and Honey Snack Mix
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, optionally vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.
To keep this nut and honey snack mix gluten-free, be sure to choose certified gluten-free oats and crispy cereal. For soy-free, use the coconut oil option or a dairy-free, soy-free margarine, and for vegan, pick the agave option.
For a nut-free honey snack mix, use your favorite seed butter or pea butter in place of the almond butter, and sub in seasonal pumpkin seeds for the almonds, or use additional oats.
- 2 tablespoons dairy-free, non-hydrogenated margarine or coconut oil
- ½ cup honey (can sub honey-flavored agave nectar for vegan)
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1½ cups crispy brown rice cereal
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
- 2 cups California raisins
- ½ cup California golden raisins
- Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- Melt the margarine/oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the honey, nut butter, and cinnamon and bring to full boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cereal, almonds, and oats.
- Immediately spread the mixture onto the baking sheet, about 1-inch thickness. Separate the mixture into 1-inch clusters.
- Let cool completely, then sprinkle in raisins.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.