There is something about this time year that makes me hungry for a good snack mix. Maybe it’s the dull, grey weather. And, the fact that what I would really like to do is stay in my pajamas, on the couch with a good book or movie, and eat snack mix ALL day Long! With tea. Or better yet – wine. Wine goes with snack mix, doesn’t it?
I really just love all the different flavors, textures, colors – and the fact that I can almost make a healthy meal out of this stuff. Protein – you betcha. Whole grains – of course! Fruit – yes. M&M’s – they are a food group, right? Of course, there are lots of ways to make snack mix – there isn’t anything earth shattering here, just some dump-and-go goodness. Feel free to mix things up they way you like. This would be an super simple activity for a classroom Valentine’s party – you really don’t even have to put the melted chocolate on it.
We made a big batch – intending to have it on hand for the Super Bowl party. Yeah, it’s gone already. Like the day after we made it gone already. Looks like next time will require a double batch! Enjoy!
Sweet and Crunchy Valentine’s Snack Mix
Ingredients (mix options):
Whole-grain cereal (Multi-grain Chex, Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Cheerios, etc)
Peanuts or nuts of your choice
Dried mixed berries
M&M’s or other candies
All you do:
1. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except white chocolate and sprinkles. Toss together and spread onto a large pan or sheet of parchment paper.
2. Heat the white chocolate chips in the microwave for one minute. Stir well. Continue to heat for 20-30 seconds at a time, stirring well, until melted through. Be careful to not overheat.
3. Drizzle chocolate over mixed ingredients. Mix as needed to coat. Use as much chocolate as desired. We like a lighter coating just enough to stick the ingredients together. One bag of melted chocolate chips will cover approximately 9-10 cups of the dry mix.