Trail Mix Recipe: Fall Menu Item {Kids Can Cook}

Trail mix is one of those snack foods that can be made for any occasion. Does your family have a favorite trail mix recipe? Kids Activities Blog loves projects like this to let kids get creative and to build their independence. We hope you get some new ideas with this home made trail mix and add it to your fall menu!

I always invite my kids in the kitchen while I am cooking.  I want them to see what I am doing, ask questions, be curious about the food I am making, and most importantly, see that cooking is fun. From very little, my daughter has always wanted to help me cook.  IIt’s a great way for her to see that cooking is easy, hopefully she will grow to enjoy it as much as I have.

Recently, I have invited my 3 year old watch me cook.  He stands on the step stool and we talk our way through cutting up vegetables (This is a squash.  What color is it?), stirring pots, and tasting our yummy creations.

Trail Mix

Last week, we decided to make our own Homemade Fall Trail Mix.  We talked about how fun it would be to mix all our favorite snack items together.  So we made a list of what we would like to go in the snack – “Brainstorm BIG here!  What are your favorite snacks?”  Of course, my 3 year old came up with goldfish and m&m’s and fruit snacks and pumpkin candies.  Perfect opportunity to discuss healthy snacks…….

We came up with a list of 6 items to add to our Trail Mix, balancing the healthy with the treats….which we decided to call the “sweet” and the “salty”

Trail Mix Recipe

Some great ideas to put in your Homemade Fall Trail Mix:

  • Pretzels
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Peanuts
  • M&Ms
  • Raisins
  • Cheese Crackers
  • Candy Corn
  • Dried Fruit
  • Popcorn
  • Cereal (Cheerios are great!)
  • Chocolate Chips

Fall Menu Item

We had a great time shopping- It gave my son a boost of confidence that Mom was allowing him to shop for the ingredients.  And when we got home, we took our time measuring out each item, pouring them into the bowl, and stirring it altogether. He poured it into a decorative jar to display and enjoyed his treat.

It wasn’t so much the trail mix that made this kids activity special.  It was giving my son the freedom to make the decisions in creating our recipe.  Yes, he had a little guidance, but seeing him make the choices helped him gain a bit more independence.  When the rest of the family got home, he enjoyed showing his trail mix to each of them, explaining what was in it and allowing them to “try” it.

That said, it was a pretty yummy treat and was gone the very next day! But a simple task like this gave me great one-on-one time with my son, which was the best outcome of all!

More Kids Activities

A trail mix recipe such as this one is more than just food. Kids freedom and independence are created when you give them choices like this one to make a simple, home made trail mix. Let’s see what other fall menu items we have at Kids Activities Blog to get your kids in the kitchen:


About Rebecca

Rebecca Darling, momma of 3 sassy Texas kiddos, writes a blog dedicated to family travel at R We There Yet Mom?. Although she swears she is not crafty, this momma never lacks in creativity and enthusiasm - her ultimate goal is making exceptional memories for her family. Follow her memory making at R We There Yet Mom?, on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.