Easy Trail Mix: FREE Printable Recipe Guides for Children

December 14, 2010

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Watch-out Fun Math Lesson Ahead!

Have we ever mentioned our family is close?! That closeness extends to our mother’s family. Every year we still celebrate Christmas together. Growing-up, these Christmas celebrations included some delicious traditions: Aunt Gladys’s Upside Down Pineapple Cake, Aunt Leatrice’s Snickerdoolde Cookies (made especially for Jeannine) and Aunt Leatrice’s Trash Mix. You read right! Aunt Leatrice’s Trash Mix.

Have you ever had Chex Party Mix? Well, we actually think they stole the recipe from Aunt Leatrice. Her homemade Trash Mix is much better than anything you can buy in a bag! This year we are passing along this tradition to our children. Join us as we cook up a little of Aunt Leatrice’s Trash. And you know your children will think it’s quite funny to mix up some Trash to share with friends and family this Christmas!

Look for the FREE printable recipe link at the end of the post. We’ve also included the homeschool lesson questions we did along with this cooking activity. We cooked-up this Trash lesson with children ages 4, 7 and 8.

Ingredients: (There are a lot of ingredients, but the recipe is easy, easy, easy!)

3  cups Corn Chex cereal  * 3  cups Rice Chex cereal  * 3  cups Wheat Chex cereal  * 1  cup nuts  * 1  cup bite-size pretzels  *  2  cups bite-size crackers

6  tbsp butter * 2  tbsp Worcestershire sauce *  1½ tsp seasoned salt  *  ¾ tsp garlic powder  *  ½ tsp onion powder


• Large baking pan  • Measuring cups  • Measuring spoons  • Large bowl  • Large Spoon

*preheat oven to 250

Step 1: Measure and gently mix cereal, pretzels, crackers and nuts in a large bowl.

Math Investigation Questions:

If we need three cups of each cereal, how many cups of cereal will that equal?

How would you write that like an addition sentence? How would you write that like a multiplication sentence?

When we add in the crackers, pretzels and nuts, how many cups of trail mix will we have?

Step 2:  Melt butter and mix in all seasonings.

Math Investigation Questions:

How many 1/2 teaspoons equal 1 teaspoon?

If this is 1/4 teaspoon, how many do we need to equal 3/4 teaspoons?

Which is bigger a teaspoon or a tablespoon?

Which is more 1/2 teaspoon or 1/4 teaspoon?

Step 3: Gently mix cereal and butter mixture.

Step 4:  Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool before sharing!

Math Investigation questions:

We need to bake the mix for one hour. If we need to stir it every 15 minutes, how many times will we need to stir it?

How would you  write that in an addition sentence?

How would you write that in a multiplication sentence?

Final Step: Dig-in, enjoy and share some good conversation.

This is the perfect Christmas gift for the children to share with neighbors, friends and family.

Print this FREE recipe guide: Easy Trail Mix

Confessions from the home of Jeannine. Joyce took home some trail mix to package up in her cute little Christmas tin. The kids and I planned to put ours in little bags to share with our neighbors and family. Before I knew it, all of the trail mix was gone! Gone in two days. Our Man of Steel had eaten ALL of it! So me and the kids had to bake-up another batch. We told you Aunt Leatrice’s Trash Mix is good!

A Few Tips:

1. This is a recipe begging to be adapted. You can change it up to your taste! Everything that went into our trail mix was on sale.

2. It might sound like a lot of butter but it makes the mix nice and crunchy. And you really are making a big batch.

3. Yes, you can microwave the mix. But it won’t be as crunchy. If you have the time, baking it slowly really is the way to go!

What yummy treat is a Christmas tradition in your family?

Life with Joyce and Jeannine

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Debi December 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

I’m thinking you guys read my mind on this one – I’ve been wanting to make trail mix as a holiday gift for years. I’m going to have to try this – thanks!

Colleen - Sunrise Learning Lab December 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Awesome! Used to make this for parties. Great idea to have children make it though. Will have to have my boys make some. Thanks for th recipe.
Hope that you are having a nice day today.
:) Colleen

amandab December 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm

My aunt used to make something similar to this too, and I always loved it as a kid :)

Those are some great questions to ask during the making of the recipe too, so simple to add some maths into the day and further the learning experience :)

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