As a mom I’m always looking for ways to mix up snacks. Sometimes I feel like my reason for existence is to carry snacks. Especially when we are on the GO! If you are a mom, and have kids, chances are you are just like me and feel like you are going NON-STOP. It’s a good thing and I wouldn’t change it for all the cashews in the mixed nuts, but having some snacks on the ready for my ravenous (even though they just ate before we left the house) 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter just makes life a little bit easier. And I’m taking “Easier,” ALL. DAY. LONG!
I am also gluten free and usually look for gluten free snacks . A lot of these mixes can be easily gluten free modified so I can also enjoy the same snacks on the go.
- Added Bonus, the kids can make these without adult supervision.
- NO stove
- NO oven
- NO liquids
- NO EXACT measuring (We ballpark these most of the time)
I was inspired by a blog I read featuring General Mills new “Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros” cereal. Big fans of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in this house already. It had been a while since I mixed up the snack rotation…My daughter had just gently made me aware, ‘she might prefer a snack for school other than mini cheese sandwich crackers.’ I may have been giving her the same snack since school started in August. OOPS.
The cool thing is my kids are very diverse cereal and add-in eaters so I can always change up the cereal mix of the week. This is a bonus for a few reasons.
- I can buy the sale cereal of the week!
- I can purchase add-ins and rotate them from week to week. Usually you don’t use all of the add-ins for one batch of mix.
- The kids can decide what they enjoy most and eventually get brave enough to create an original mix of their own! My daughter is all about cooking these days. She is in first grade and can read recipes now…We are having a ton of fun!
Cereal Snack Mix Inspiration
This snack mix is the snack mix that inspired this blog post! I was excited for my kiddos to try this cereal. DOUBLY excited it could become an easy to-go snack. It looks so pretty once it’s all together and the strawberry dust from the freeze-dried strawberries sticks to the marshmallows and makes them extra decadent. Unfortunately, this cereal is not gluten free approved and there isn’t a gluten-free equivelent out there you can still take inspiration from the add-ins (I thought the freeze-dried fruit was clever) and add them to your own gluten free inspired mix.
My kids like to substitute regular raisins for golden raisins. And we mix up regular Cheerios with Honey Nut Cheerios depending on what we have in the pantry. This is also a fantastic GLUTEN FREE snack as Cheerios are gluten free! Just swap out regular pretzels for a gluten free variety.
My son LOVES any kind of CHEX cereal. In fact when we have Chex cereal at home he asks for “The Chex Mix cereal.” My sons also Mr. Savory. He loves savory snacks and doesn’t even mind a little spice or punch. This is right up his alley. Sometimes we switch up the goldfish to other flavors too. An easy conversion to gluten free is to substitute gluten free cheese crackers and pretzels.
My daughter and rainbows…enough said. She will eat this just because of the colors. sometimes we even add colored marshmallows. I know, MIND BLOWN!!! Unicorns just might be real!!!
***Not Gluten Free
Crowd pleaser any day!!! Nothing is more simple and satisfying than this sweet mix of goodness and campfire memories.
***Not Gluten Free
Lots of goodness going on in here. Looks like an adult snack mix, but the kids love it…Chex again. We switch out the pepitas for sunflower seeds. The mini chocolate chips and yogurt raisins are just enough sweet. This Mix easily becomes gluten free if you just use gluten free cereal (Corn & Rice Chex, and Cheerios).
My kids are not ‘nut-free,’ but they have been in classes where they can’t have snacks with nuts because other students are in danger. my kids love this mix. I just got them eating banana chips, so WIN for me! If you can find a gluten free pretzel and/or cheese cracker (Annie’s FINALLY makes one), you got yourself a gluten free mix to love!
This cereal reminds me of my youth because my 43 year old self remembers when Honeycomb cereal was NEW!!! I can’t eat it anymore because it’s not Gluten-Free, but my kids enjoy it and it provides some nostalgia when they eat it.
I hope these cereal snack mix ideas inspire you and your kids to get creative, healthy, and fun in the kitchen, as well as making the snack-master job a little easier.
Additional Add-In’s To Try:
- White Chocolate Chips
- Dark Chocolate covered raisins
- Freeze-Dried Veggies
- Wasabi Peas (My son lies these but not usually a kid favorite)
- Peanut butter chips
- Any kind of nut (My kids love cashews)