Creating Your Own Frugal Snack Mix

by Merissa on January 25, 2011

in Recipes, Thrifty Living

Here's my little disclaimer: this snack mix isn't nessecarily frugal but that depends on your definition of frugal. I'll explain more in a bit.

The hubby is always on a mission before he heads off to work. Even if it's before I wake up in the morning I hear him in the pantry rumaging around for snacks to take to work.On his regular days he can just grab a granola bar, but at the end of the month when he works 13 hour days he likes to have some goodies to take to work. I've been wanting to make him some trail mix to take to work because it's semi-healthy and it would be easy to grab. Let's look at a normal trail mix recipe(with my comments of course)

  • 2 cups salted, roasted peanuts (ok that's pretty normal, something I could get on sale)
  • 1 cup whole salted, roasted almonds (expensive, not something I keep around on a normal basis)
  • 1 cup whole salted, roasted cashews (same as above)
  • 1 cup good-quality milk chocolate chips (yawn)
  • 1 cup dried blueberries (not in season, so I can't make them my self and would have to buy the sulfate coated store version, yuck)
  • 1 cup dried cherries (same as above)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut (this would be a yuck from the hubby, he's not a coconut fan)

You can tell from this recipe it would be expensive. Even if you found a different recipe, most of the trail mix.snack mix recipes out there consist of lots of nuts, granola, and dried fruit. But who says trail mix has to be made of that stuff? I don't have any of that in my pantry right now and I don't feel like running out to the store to get those things when I have all sorts of perfectly good goodies in my pantry. So let's think outside of the box and create a snack mix with what you have! Don't follow any recipe and just through together what you can dig out of your pantry or what you can grab on sale. Everybody's trail mix version will be different and that's just fine! Here is what I came up with this afternoon.

I dug around in the pantry for a while and this is what I found. Sunflower seeds, Annie's Bunny Crackers, Cheddar flavored Sesame Sticks, Fruit Snacks, and M&M's(what fun would it be without chocolate?) I decided at the last minute not to add the nut clusters because they are kind their own snack.

I dumped everything into a big bag together and shook it up.

Then I took a big scoop and separated it into several smaller bags.

I even added little personalized notes to each bag. Then I put them in the pantry for the hubby to discover this week when he's looking for a snack.

And as I wrote above, this may or may not be frugal depending on your definition of frugal. The snacks I added weren't super cheap. I can't remember what I paid for the sesame sticks and the sunflower seeds but I think I paid 1.30 for the box of crackers and the candies and fruit snacks were leftover Halloween clearance. But by my definition this was a frugal mix because I didn't have to run to the store to buy a bunch of things I didn't have. I used up what was in the pantry and created my own snack mix. And the fun part is that it will never be the same mix because I will always have something different in the pantry. Have fun being creative!

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1 Michelle January 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

My daughters Girl Scout troop has done this for quite awhile before campouts. Everyone brings something different, boxes of cereal (cinnamon toast crunch, honey nut cheerios, etc) , dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc), m&m’s, reeses’s pieces (my fav), different nuts, and whatever else will have similar flavors scheme. They then dump them all in a huge clean 10 gal trash bag and mix. This may not be the healthiest compared to alot of things they could eat, but in comparison to chips and candy bars I think its pretty good and practical in my book. Then everyone takes a quart baggie full and that is their snack for the weekend. It is great and very cheap.

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