How To Make Trail Mix

(This is not the picture of the trail mix I made. Apparently I wasn't smart enough to take a quality photo before eating all of the trail mix I made) Trail mix is by far one of my favorite snacks.

I love it because it's filling and it makes me feel like I'm getting a treat without stuffing my face with cake or ice cream. Though I've been known to have cake or ice cream AND trail mix.

I also love it because it's one of those things that you can make with almost anything that you have on hand. And it's easy to make a ton.

Here's how to make trail mix.

What you'll need:

Nuts (I usually opt for salted dry roasted and cashews)

Dried fruit (bananas and cranberries are my fave. I hate raisins, which is the whole reason I started making my own in the first place. But obviously you can use those too).

Mini marshmallows

Dark chocolate chips

White chocolate chips

Banana nut Cheerios

Peanut butter chips

What you'll do:

I usually start with a cup of each of the ingredients and put it all in a Ziploc bag. Give it a good shake so everything gets mixed it. You can add more ingredients if you like or make a bigger batch. I usually don't fill the bag more than 3/4 of the way full because that's too much for us to eat in one sitting and the Cheerios will start to go bad after about a week.

I often make two different batches as well. Mr. T isn't a huge fan of the dark choco chips or the dried cranberries. He prefers butterscotch chips. So that's another add in/option as well.

Why I love this: It's great to grab when I'm craving something, but don't know what to eat or don't feel like making a snack. It's also awesome to throw in those grown up lunches.

Bonus tip: Add some mint marshmallows or mint choco chips for a little holiday fun.