Recipe: Trail mix or ‘chicken feed’

July 28, 2013 

By making your own trail mix you can save money, pick items you like and have a healthful snack. You can use cereal already in your cupboard or ingredients that were left over from another recipe. The title came when someone saw the finished mix and thought it looked like chicken feed.

The calorie count is a little high, so the recipe would be a good snack choice after an activity that makes you move a lot and breathe heavily.

Safety tips

•  Be careful if someone in your family has a peanut allergy. You can substitute the peanuts for another type of cereal or perhaps small pretzels.

•  Do not give whole peanuts or raisins to children younger than age 3 or children at risk for choking. Use a variety of cereal in the mix instead.


2 cups toasted oat cereal

1 cup peanuts

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup raisins

1 cup small chocolate candies (such as M&M’s)


Remember to wash your hands before cooking and to clean your work surface.

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir gently.

Serve in paper cups or small bags.

Nutrition facts

Serving Size: 1/2 cup. Total Servings: 10

Per Serving: 270 calories, 15 g fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Source: Adapted from Book Cooks, Creative Teaching Press; and Kids a Cookin’, Kansas State University — Research and Extension.

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