5 Ingredient Sweet and Salty Snack Mix / Homemade Trail Mix with Cereal
Healthy Cereal Snack Mix with Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, Corn Flakes, Raisins, and Chocolate Chips!
raisins, crunchy corn flakes, sweet chocolate chips, salty almonds and
macadamias—this gluten free sweet and salty snack mix has it all! Sort of
like a health-ified Raisin Bran cereal snack mix, or the easiest-ever 5
ingredient DIY trail mix for kids. No matter what you call it: it’s
deliciously simple, and simply delicious!
This healthy cereal snack mix / DIY trail mix is guaranteed to satisfy any and all of your snack-y cravings…at the same time. It’s got the perfect blend of textures and flavors that every sweet and salty snack mix needs: plenty of crunch with a dash of chewiness, and satisfyingly salty with just enough sweetness!
Raisin Bran to make Gluten Free Cereal Snack Mix / DIY Trail Mix
The beauty of making your own sweet and salty snack mix or DIY trail mix is that you really don’t need a recipe. Like I said, get creative with the ingredients and craft YOUR ultimate healthy snack mix / trail mix!
I’m a HUGE cereal fanatic, so I designed this homemade trail mix with one of my
favorite cereals in mind: Raisin Bran. Those satisfyingly crunchy bran flakes, the sweet
and chewy sugar-coated raisins—totally irresistible, but sadly not-so-nutritious.
And, unfortunately, my body doesn’t get along so well with gluten. *Sigh*
decided to craft my own gluten free DIY trail mix inspired by Raisin
Bran! Turned out I more like a gluten free no bake SNACK mix than a true trail mix, so I’m going with sweet and
salty snack mix instead… Call it whatever you like—pretty much, I made my
own sugar free gluten free version of Raisin Bran, mixed with some crunchy nuts
and indulgent chocolate chips!
wanted this gluten free cereal snack mix to still have some crave-able crunch, so
I replaced the classic wheat bran flakes with corn flakes. Then, I swapped out the
sugar-coated raisins for regular ol’ naturally-sweet raisins. I added almonds
and macadamia nuts for maximum salty, crunchy goodness and a dose of nutritious
fats. And finally, some chocolate chips for fun!
to Make Sweet and Salty Snack Mix for Kids (or Adults)
You could make a no bake sweet and salty snack mix with just about ANYTHING—and it doesn’t need to be complicated to be delicious! I’ve kept things clean, nutritious, and easy, with just 5 simple ingredients:
Corn flakes: my alternative to bran flakes to keep this snack mix gluten free but still satisfyingly crunchy! For the healthiest option, READ those nutrition labels—it’s pretty easy nowadays to find cleaner corn flakes with little to no added sugar.
Raisins: a sweet and chewy addition with natural sugars, since they’re just dried grapes! Your most nutritious choice will be unsweetened raisins—avoid varieties with added sugars.
Almonds: rich in healthy fats, fiber, and plenty of CRUNCH.
Chocolate chips: admittedly not the most fuel-filled ingredient…but they add just enough indulgence to make this a great DIY trail mix option for kids or picky eaters! You could use dark chocolate chips as a more nutrient-rich option, or feel free to omit the chocolate altogether.
terms of how to make this no bake sweet and salty snack mix, there’s not a
whole lot to say: simply add all of the ingredients to a bowl or large bag, and
mix/shake to combine! To store, either seal up that same bag or transfer to an airtight
container, or portion into individual servings for so you’ve got snack packs
ready when you want ’em.
the EASIEST healthy cereal snack mix you can make. I love that it’s got a
healthy balance of fats, carbs, protein, and fiber—along with all of the
snack-y textures that I crave!
Healthy Snack Mix Ideas & Homemade Trail Mix Ingredients
don’t feel limited to the Raisin Bran inspired cereal snack mix I’ve shown you
here. I encourage you to get creative and swap out any of these no
bake sweet and salty snack mix ingredients with your own ideas! Take what you like, leave what
are some no bake snack mix ideas and healthy homemade trail mix ingredients for
Healthy Cereals & Crunchy Grains
If you’re a fan of cereal snack mix like this, or if you’re making homemade trail mix with cereal in it, there are loads of healthy options out there:
fun, chewy element in your DIY trail mix or healthy snack mix, add some dried
fruit! Or, add some sweet, crispy crunch with freeze dried fruit. Again, just be sure to
look for unsweetened
and unsulphured varieties for the healthiest
options. Raisins are a classic choice, but there’s so much variety to choose
and/or seeds are a must-have in any homemade trail mix or healthy snack mix for
me! They’re a rich source of fuel-filled nutrients and fiber, and some of the
BEST crunchy elements you can find. I do recommend opting for unflavored/unsweetened
nuts, and looking for a lower-sodium variety.
you like roasted and salted nuts/seeds, dry roasted and unsalted, or totally
raw, there are a ton of different choices:
Whole almonds/almond slivers
Whole cashews/cashew halves
If you’re making no bake snack mix or DIY trail mix for kids, including just enough sweet, treat-like indulgence can make the rest of the healthy items in your mix more appealing. Meaning kids and picky eaters are more likely to actually eat those other nutritious ingredients!
sprinkling some of these goodies into your healthy snack mix or homemade trail
mix for a bit of indulgence: