24 May 2012

Anything Goes Trail Mix

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.
Enjoy!

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