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Monday, July 17, 2017

Peanut Butter Maple Snack Mix #BackToSchoolRecipes

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


       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.


    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!


    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?



Yield: 12 generous servings

Peanut Butter Maple Snack Mix

This snack mix is a perfect after school treat, road trip snack or portable pick me up! It is full of peanut butter and maple goodness and plenty of crunch.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 40 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 T melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 tsp 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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Now let's take a look at the great recipes my friends are sharing for back to school!


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies by Family Around the Table

Peanut Butter Maple Snack Mix by Cooking With Carlee

S'More Clusters by A Day In The Life On The Farm

Spaghetti Rings in Tomato Sauce by Palatable Pastime

Bunnies in the Garden by Feeding Big



Shared at Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

24 comments:

  1. Jaxon will be so lucky to come home to such a yummy snack. I love the coating idea on this too. I really don't remember having after school snacks when I was a child. As an adult I did love baking cookies just prior to when my children arrived home so it smelled so welcoming and they knew there was something wonderful awaiting. A glass of cold milk would be there too!

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    1. Spoiled rotten so and so's! I think the cookie tradition started after I was out of the house!

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  2. I've been packing the boys lunches for work everyday this summer, what a fun addition bags of this delicious snack would be!!! Fun and yummy!!

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    1. I am kind of looking forward to packing little dude's lunches! Though I am not ready for him to be that grown up quite yet. This would be a fun treat for your guys' lunches too!

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  3. I love the pb/maple combo. YUM

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  4. Oh my gosh. Peanut butter and maple has to be one of the best combos out there. I'm going to make myself a batch of this and pretend I'm back in fifth grade. My snacks back then were carrot sticks and apple slices so I have to make up for lost time :). Have a great week, Carlee!

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    1. You totally should! I ate more than my fair share of this batch. Not surprisingly I have a huge soft spot for peanut butter, so I had a hard time staying out of it!

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  5. Hi Carlee, oooOOooo can I come study at your house? Peanuts, oats and chocolate! What's not to like? I managed to get the last four jars of crunchy peanut better the other day (it's gold dust here) and am guarding them carefully!

    xx

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    1. I need to send you a care package of peanut butter and rolos! I would be guarding them as well. I am a sucker for peanut butter and couldn't imagine the idea of running out!

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  6. This looks like a great snack. It would be a fun addition to any lunch.

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  7. What great combination of goodies. Back to school can be so stressful. How nice to have a homemade snack for comfort!

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    1. I am both excited and nervous about the prospect that we'll be really getting ready for school next year! As it is our daycare is the best and we get to go pick out a few school supplies for his work there. They do worksheets and lots of art projects. They even made a little alphabet book out of hand and foot prints last year. But I'm happy the real deal school bus is still a year away!

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  8. That sounds like the perfect snack to munch on!! It sounds so yummy :) And delish! And sooo simple! Thank you for sharing Carlee :)

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    1. Thank you, Deepika! It is definitely easy and so fun to snack on!

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  9. I think I'll make this for our upcoming road trip, then again when school starts. Sounds delicious!

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  10. I bet this gives a real energy boost!

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    1. It does and it's fun to munch on too!

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  11. What a great snack mix to bag up for snack time. I sure appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. It's great for munching on under old shade trees too ;-) We have been enjoying it during our gardening breaks!

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  12. Mmmmm. I love this! Perfect for taking along on a hike or for road trips!! Yum!! Thanks for sharing on Friday Frenzy Link Party!!

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  13. 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.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!