Looking for a quick after-school snack option that even your kids can help make? This delicious and colorful Popcorn Trail Mix is the thing that dreams are made of!
Give your kids a delicious after-school snack that is super easy to make, colorful, and easily customizable with stuff that they really love.
If your kid is anything like mine, you are constantly on the hunt for delicious, and somewhat healthy, after-school snack recipes. For young children, it is all about variety. You also need something that can be put together in a jiffy, and if it makes almost no mess, all the better.
Now, who doesn’t love popcorn? While plain popcorn, just lightly salted for flavor, is actually a pretty healthy snack choice on its own, we can jazz it up in any number of ways. This Popcorn Trail Mix is one of our favorites.
Popcorn Trail Mix After-School Snack Recipe
The easiest recipe is a simple popcorn trail mix full of delicious things that kids love to eat. Pretzels, nuts, dried cranberries, and even some candy; they are kids after all! I have used lightly roasted cashew nuts and pistachios here, but feel free to use peanuts, almonds, or any kind of nuts that your kids like. The same goes for the dried cranberries. Feel free to replace with raisins, chopped dried apricots, or any other fruit.
The recipe is super duper simple and even a young child can make this. Just dump all the ingredients in a large bowl, sprinkle some cinnamon sugar, and mix it up. That’s it! Serve with a glass of milk for an easy and healthy snack.
- Popcorn - 5 cups, popped, lightly salted
- Pretzels - 1 cup
- Cashew nuts - 1/4 cup
- Pistachios - 1/4 cup
- Dried cranberries - 1/4 cup
- M&M'S® or other candy - 1/4 cup
- Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
- Sugar - 2 tbsp
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Store in covered containers at room temperature.
Home Chef Tips: 1. A regular-sized bag of microwave popcorn will yield almost 5 cups popped popcorn. Use plain or just lightly salted popcorn to keep it healthier. 2. You can replace cashew nuts and pistachios with other nuts like almonds or peanuts. 3. You can use raisins or chopped up dried apricots instead of dried cranberries. 4. Pack portions of popcorn trail mix in cute jars for gifting.
Make a large batch of this popcorn trail mix and store it in an airtight container. This popcorn trail mix also makes for great party favors or edible gifts for teachers, friends, and family. Little kids will be super proud that they helped to make it as well!
We hope you love this Popcorn Trail Mix After-School Snack recipe from SoFabFood Contributor, Anjana from At The Corner Of Happy & Harried as much as we do. If you loved this recipe, check out our other After-School Snacks so that you can keep a variety of healthier alternatives on hand for when the kids come home. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!