Fall ( Yes, I know it’s not fall yet but I’m choosing to ignore that fact until it actually is fall.) has brought many changes to our house. I started doing meal prep and do all of my cooking on Sundays and Wednesdays now. It has been so amazing to not have to worry about cooking throughout the week. While it can be a little rough on Wednesday and Sunday it’s great to not have to worry about feeding everyone on bad pain days throughout the week. In addition to having meals ready I have been so hooked on creating fun DIY snack mixes for everyone to share throughout the week. They are a great way to create a fun sweet and salty mix that appeals to all and saves on costs. You can also alter them to fit any dietary restrictions much easier than you can when using store-bought mixes.
We have gone through several different mixes but below I am going to share with you guys the top three that have quickly become favorites around here. You can alter them to better match your dietary needs or flavor preferences too.
Garlic Ranch Fall Snack Mix Recipe
This super easy DIY snack mix has quickly become my son’s favorite. Nearly every day after school he comes in the door, grabs a bag of it, and disappears to the den of stench to meet his friends on Xbox Live. We went through two styles of this snack mix recently. At first, we did pretzels only. It was ok but needed something extra. After a little trial and error, I found that goldfish crackers were the answer. Our custom blend is currently pretzel goldfish, cheese goldfish, and oyster crackers. I find that it’s just the right blend of salty, savory, and ranchy ( yes, that’s totally a word.)
1 pkg Goldfish pretzel crackers
1 pkg Goldfish cheese crackers (You can use cheddar bunnies from Annies if you prefer organic)
1/2 bag oyster crackers
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 C butter, unsalted
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
Combine pretzels, cheese crackers, and oyster crackers in a large bowl. You can use your hands or a silicone spatula to combine them carefully. Be sure to lightly toss to avoid crushing any of your crackers.
Combine your ranch dressing mix and garlic powder in a small bowl and sprinkle over crackers. Toss to lightly cover all of the crackers with the powdered mix.
Melt butter in the microwave at 20-second intervals. Pour directly over powder-covered pretzels and gently toss again to combine. Make sure that the butter covers all of your crackers and that your powder is covering each of the crackers as well rather than clumping up in one or two spots.
Spread your mixture out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. You want to do your best to get one even layer of the mix. Place in the oven for 5-8 minutes, or until you just start to see the crackers starting to dry out.
Remove your mixture from the oven and let air dry on the tray until completely dried.
Haunted Trail Mix Fall Snack Mix Recipe
This easy DIY fall snack mix idea is the perfect combination for those chilly nights around the bonfire or waiting in line for the local haunted house. It’s the perfect combination of salty, sweet, crunchy, and chewy. It’s got it all!
3 C Bugles snack crackers
2 C Chex Mix peanut butter muddy buddies ( you can make your own if you prefer, I do this on occasion)
1 C roasted salted peanuts
2 C pretzels ( I used pretzel sticks but you can use whatever you prefer!)
1 bag Buncha Crunch Halloween blend with Candy Corn
The directions for this ultimate fall snack mix couldn’t be any easier. Are you ready? Dump everything in a big bowl and mix! You can use your hands or a silicone spatula but just be careful you don’t hulk out and crush it up in the process.
Harvest Bunny Fall S’Mores Snack Mix Recipe
I tried this sweet snack mix with a few different ‘graham cracker’ options. In the end, the Annies Friends Bunny Grahams that are a mix of chocolate and chocolate chip were the perfect compliment for that unmistakable s’ mores flavor blend.
1 bag milk chocolate chips ( jumbo, if you can find them)
1 package miniature marshmallows
This snack mix recipe is just as complicated to put together as the last one. Dump all of your ingredients into a large bowl and gently mix! If you find that your mixes aren’t quite getting randomized enough in the bowl you can always give them an extra shake or two once you have them in the bag.
How to Store DIY Snack Mix Recipes
I store all of my snack mixes in gallon-sized freezer bags. I usually get 1-2 freezer bags out of each snack mix I make. Each of the above snack mixes will store for about a week this way. You can also half the mix and store part in an air-tight container that isn’t being opened repeatedly to retain some of the freshness.
It is important to let your garlic ranch mix dry completely before adding it to the bag. Otherwise, this mixture can go soggy or lose its freshness much more quickly than the other two.
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