DIY Trail Mix Bar

Our daily snacks are usually quite simple: fruit, apple sauce, cheese sticks, or crackers.
I had been trying to come up with a few more interesting choices when the thought occurred to me that I could let the girls make their own snacks with a DIY Trail Mix Bar.
Trail mix can be quite yummy and is a perfect snack choice. It’s healthy, fun to make, and fun to eat.
But this time, instead of making it myself, I let each girl control the ingredients in her trail mix.
I purchased dried fruit and cereal that I knew the girls would love.
We used golden raisins, raisins, dried pineapple, mini chocolate chips, coconut, and Cheerios.
You can add whatever your kids would enjoy.
Trail Mix Ingredients
Golden Raisins
Dried Pineapple
Dried Cranberries
Dried Papaya
Banana Chips
Sunflower Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Any dried cereal
Mini chocolate chips
Mini M&M’s


Select 5 to 6 ingredients that you know your child enjoys.
Place each in a separate bowl with a spoon.
Give each child a separate storage container and let them mix up their own custom trail mix.
My girls love having control of their own snack and they mixed up enough to enjoy for several days.
I know this is not going to be a one-time only activity for us.
It was easy to put together and their girls had fun.
Plus, they’re not going to complain at snack time when they’re presented with their own kid-made snack!
Do you have any other ideas for trail mix ingredients? Let me know and I’ll add them to the list!


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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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