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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 of snack mix with cheerios and peanut coated in maple peanut butter mixture with raisins and M&Ms.

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.

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

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.

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 peanut-y 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 road trip snack or even something to take along on a hike, this is multi-purpose, flavorful and portable!

Bags of peanut butter maple snack mix with a clip in the middle, 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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Bowl of trail mix style cereal snack mix.

Peanut Butter Maple Snack Mix

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
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.
5 from 16 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoon melted coconut oil or butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups Cheerios or similar
  • 1 cup M&Ms or similar
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 275°F and grease a rimmed baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, syrup, melted oil and salt. Add the cereal and toss to coat.
    ½ cup creamy peanut butter, ¼ cup maple syrup, 3 Tablespoon melted coconut oil or butter, ½ teaspoon salt, 6 cups Cheerios
  • Spread over the greased, or parchment lined, baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.
  • Cool completely and then toss with candies, raisins and peanuts.
    1 cup M&Ms, 1 cup roasted peanuts, 1 cup raisins
  • Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 210mgFiber: 3gSugar: 16g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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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!


Monday 14th of June 2021

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


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!


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!


Friday 28th of July 2017

This looks like a perfect after school snack!


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!


Wednesday 26th of July 2017

It definitely would be!


Monday 24th of July 2017

Mmmmm. I love this! Perfect for taking along on a hike or for road trips!! Yum!!


Wednesday 26th of July 2017

Portable snacks are the best, aren't they? Thanks, Kelly!