Â Getting toddlers and young children to eat a nutritious snackÂ may seem impossible, but cooking a good-for-them bite (that they’ll actually eat) can be easier than you think. Try this Makeover Momma original recipe for Crunchy, Chewy Cereal Trail Mix, using dried fruit, peanut butter (for protein), dry cereal (healthy grain) and a small amount of chocolate and butter (we didn’t say it’s the perfect snack!)
Â Â Â Make this recipe* even healthier by using a wide variety of dried or chopped fruits, adding nuts or a whole-grain cereal (if kids don’t have allergies), other nut butters (like sunflower or almond), or Nutella instead of chocolate chips. It’s up to you!
- 2 cups of gluten-free, crunchy cereal (like Rice Chex cereal)
- 1 cup of peanut butter (or other nut-butters)
- 1 cup of organic or vegan butter (like Earth Promise soft spread)
- 1 cup of assorted dried fruits
- 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (optional)
Â Add the nut-butter andÂ normal butter into a large, microwave-safe bowl, and heat for 30 second increments (untilÂ mixture can be easilyÂ stirred together). Mix in dried fruits and small amounts of chocolate into the bowl, and stir until creamy and evenly dispersed.
Â Â Â Pour in cups of gluten-free or high fiber cereal of your choice, and gently mix until thoroughly coated. Pour into a flat pan or large serving dish, and let it refrigerate overnight. You’re done! This makes a wonderful trail mix to be eaten like dry cereal (in a bowl) or served in portable baggies!
*All meal suggestions at Makeover Mommaâ„¢ will include allergen information and suggestions for children with allergies, celiac disease, or additional health concerns. The above recipe can be made gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.