Homemade Honey Nut Trail Mix Treat

Homemade Honey Nut Trail Mix

by Holly on August 31, 2012

This week I am all about getting ready for school. I know I’m not alone in this out there and for a lot of you I’m sure school has already started. We are starting a little later this year, so we have a couple more days left of our summer vacation. Sadly, we are just spending them getting ready for school. On the up side though, my boys can’t wait for school to start!

I’ve mentioned on here many times before that I’m just not all that crafty. It’s probably why I, like many of you, probably pin a ton of great back-to-school ideas and super cute crafts to bond and cement that important parent/teacher relationship that will ensure that this is your family’s best school year yet. Of course all while your house is sparkling clean, children are already in bed at the perfect times and are happy and engaged every second of the day with no whining, fighting or bickering.


Maybe not.

Anyway, the best I do for gifts, no matter the holiday, is something from the kitchen. That said, even though this is the time of year I would love to make something that is nothing short of brilliant and imaginative and themed and cute and fun, it just never happens. I just pin those ideas and then miss the boat yet again because I’m busy with, well, reality.

As are you.

I know there are crafty ladies out there who have probably been working toward this for the past few weeks, but we’re just not built that way at the Hanks house. We prefer to squeeze every last drop out of our summer vacation and then scramble to get ready for school a bit.

As my Grandpa was wont to say, “I calls ’em like I sees ’em.”

So. If you are like me and don’t want your kid to walk into meet his teacher empty handed, or you just need an idea for something to give them they will appreciate, use, can keep at school or take home and that you can dress up (or not) as needed, then this recipe should now go in your go-to files.

This recipe makes a massive amount. As in, that is a giant bowl, around 20-inches across. The biggest bowl I own and it was full. I can fill two gallon jars. Plenty for gift giving and some left over for you!

Our trail mix version also happens to double as our favorite after school snack and treat for munching on while we talk about our day and work on homework. You can treat it up or down according to your family’s likes and you can pretty much fiddle with whatever ingredients you want. The main part of this trail mix is less of a recipe, more of a blueprint.

The treat and recipe part comes more into play if, as shown here, you want to bulk the recipe up even more gift giving and make it more personalized and homemade by adding some homemade caramel popcorn. The recipe for the popcorn is a modified version of one I picked up from Dusty’s mom’s recipe card box a couple weeks ago when we visited them on their farm for our official summer vacation. I made it slightly less coated and replaced the corn syrup with honey to make it more of a snack and less of a candied popcorn.

However you decide to mix this up, you’re going to have a hard time walking away from eating it by the handful.



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marla September 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Such a fun trail mix ~ great for Halloween!

Roxy June 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I agree, a great idea for Halloween! It’s also a great snack idea for the kids, keep a supply in the pantry.

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