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Peanut Butter Maple Snack Mix

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This peanut butter maple snack mix is a perfect after school treat, road trip snack or portable pick me up! It is full of flavor, texture and plenty of crunch.

Serving bowl of gorp snack mix made with peanut butter and maple coated cheerios, raisins, peanuts and chocolate candies.

      A delicious snack mix is always a good idea! This peanut butter maple snack mix is loaded with yummy coated cereal coated in an easy peanut butter maple mix, then extra peanuts, raisins and candies are mixed in to make it a super fun treat.

Change up the mix ins to match your favorite flavors or make it just like we did.  Either way it is sure to get gobbled up!

bowl full of peanut butter maple coated cereal, candies. raisins and peanuts for snack mix

If you are looking for a fun snack mix for after school, road trips, parties and more, you are in the right place. This recipe makes a fun gorp or trail mix style munchy mix that is easy and delicious.

The special twist in this mix is the peanut butter and maple syrup coating that is baked on the Cheerios. It is super simple to do and makes the mix so flavorful.

Then add the traditional trail mix goodies of raisins, chocolates and peanuts and you get a flavorful and hearty snack. It is super transportable for hikes, boat trips, road trips and more.

Plus it stores well, so you can keep some on the counter for when a snack attack hits. Once you have made it a time or two, you can easily change up the mix-ins to keep it interesting.

Easy Adaptations

If you are serving people with peanut allergies or sensitivities, you can use sun butter, almond butter or another almond butter instead of the peanut butter. Then add sunflower seeds, toasted pecans or another nut instead of the peanuts… or leave them out altogether.

Instead of adding M&M’s, use candy coated sunflower seeds instead. That will still give you that fun pop of color with even more nutty goodness. Use the extra sunflower seeds to make turkey rice krispie treats, they are cute and fun to make!

Feel free to substitute other dried fruit in place of the raisins. Dried cranberries or cherries would be great options, or use whatever your favorite is!

Original Post from 2017

       Shhhhhhhh! It’s nearing the end of July and that means back to school is around the corner. Don’t say it too loudly or you’ll scare the children… and the teachers!

     Next year at this time I’ll be getting a taste of what it’s really like (gulp!). I’ll be picking out school supplies and fretting over whether or not little dude is really ready.

     He’s smart as a whip, so I’m sure he is. However the idea of him getting on the bus with his bookbag is a bit much for this mama to take right now. Luckily I have a little more time to get used to the idea.

Sheet pan filled with maple peanut butter coated cheerios next to bowls of M&Ms, raisins and peanuts.

     MiMi was always really good at having fun after school snacks for us. We always had to sit down and finish our homework before we could play and a good snack helped us power through.

     My younger siblings almost always got fresh baked cookies. She’d freeze dough and bake a few cookies every afternoon.

    They were spoiled rotten and it’s not fair and all of that good stuff! When I was a kid, that snack was frequently some sort of trail mix or fancified gorp.

     It would almost always have the good old raisins and peanuts and of course chocolate candies. Sometimes it would be bulked up with cereal, pretzels or those cute little graham bears.

small container of peanut butter maple snack mix on a sheet of notebook paper with a couple of pens nearby as a perfect homework snack.

    This is my twist on that idea. I coated some toasted oat cereal in one of my favorite combinations, peanut butter and maple syrup.

    It really adds an extra peanutty punch and makes this mix smell amazing! Then I tossed in those trail mix staples and a fun new snack was born.

     This would be great packed in a cold lunch.  It also makes a great after school snack to munch on while doing worksheets.

    But it doesn’t end there. If you’re in charge of after game snacks for the team, looking for a great roadtrip snack or even something to take along on a hike, this is multi-purpose, flavorful and portable!

sandwich bags of peanut butter maple snack mix with bag clips down the center making them look like butterflies.

    Go ahead and whip up a batch today and let me know what you think. While you’re at it, why don’t you let me know what your favorite snack mix ingredients are?

More fun snack mix ideas: 

  • Sweet and Salty Caramel Snack Mix is kind of like caramel corn but made with cereal instead of popcorn.  Follow our easy directions to make it in crunchy quickly in the microwave.
  • Hillbilly Hash Popcorn is a super fun mix of crunchy peanut butter popcorn, and candy corn.  It is a perfect fall munchy snack. 
  • Brownie Batter Puppy Chow has been a favorite for quite some time.  It is a lot like the original only with even more chocolate punch!

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Yield: 16 Servings

Peanut Butter Maple Snack Mix

Bowl of trail mix style cereal snack mix.

This peanut butter maple snack mix is a perfect after school treat, road trip snack or portable pick me up! It is full of flavor, texture and plenty of crunch.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoon melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups toasted oat cereal
  • 1 cup chocolate candies
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275°F and grease a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, syrup, melted oil and salt. Add the cereal and toss to coat.
  3. Spread over the greased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.
  4. Cool completely and then toss with candies, raisins and peanuts.
  5. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 6g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This peanut butter maple snack mix is a perfect after school treat, road trip snack or portable pick me up! It is full of flavor, texture and plenty of crunch.

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Karen @karenskitchenstories

Monday 14th of June 2021

That's pretty magical how it doesn't end up sticky! I definitely need to try this!

Carlee

Monday 14th of June 2021

It forms a nice dry coating on the cereal... and it's addictive! ;-)

Val

Monday 7th of August 2017

By now I'm pretty sure you know my love for snack mixes... I'll be pinning this one for later! Thanks for sharing on the Celebrate 365 Back to School Party!

Carlee

Monday 7th of August 2017

You and I definitely have a shared love for munchy mixes! I am sure your gang will like this one as well! Thanks, Val!

Unknown

Friday 28th of July 2017

This looks like a perfect after school snack!

Carlee

Saturday 29th of July 2017

Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Wednesday 26th of July 2017

Sounds like a great afternoon snack for the office too!

Carlee

Wednesday 26th of July 2017

It definitely would be!

Allison

Monday 24th of July 2017

Turning the baggies into butterflies is such a cute idea! I don't have kids so I don't know these little mom tricks, but filing that one away for the kids at summer camp next year.

Carlee

Wednesday 26th of July 2017

The kids at camp would love it! Thanks, Allison!

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