Are you purchasing the same boxed snacks week after week?
If so, you are in a snack-rut.
Eventually, my kids tire of the usual and start asking for something new for their lunch box and at snack time. You know, they need to cure their after-school hunger pains.
This snack mix is easy to make and you can mix up a large batch of it for the week.
Popcorn, pretzels, california raisins… all covered in a light maple glaze with just a touch of cinnamon. A little bit salty and a little bit sweet.
Believe me when I say it won’t just appeal to the kids for snacking…you might just find it hard to resist yourself.
Maple Glazed Snack Mix
4 cups popped popcorn
2 cups pretzel sticks
1 cup almonds or pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. In a large bowl combine popcorn, pretzels, nuts and raisins, set aside.
3. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Once butter is melted add maple syrup and cinnamon. Stir to combine and heat syrup through. Take off heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over popcorn/pretzel mixture and quickly toss to coat.
4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour popcorn/pretzel mix onto baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container.
Laura Fuentes shows parents how to make fresh school lunches over at MOMables™. She is a wife, mother of three and a lunch enthusiast who insists on healthy, wholesome food for her family. On her personal blog, Super Glue Mom, she writes about managing motherhood on a deadline. She’s also a food contributor and recipe developer to numerous sites and helps busy parents overcome the difficulties of cooking real food in a hurry. Fun fact: Laura was born in Spain.
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