Looking for healthier snack options for the kids? It’s time to turn back to raisins! Remember those little red boxes full of raisiny goodness? You can move beyond the box and instead make this yummy snack mix that the kids will gobble up. You can feel good about serving this to the kids after school, before practice, or even in their lunches. Raisins are actually 100-percent fruit with no added sugar, and contain zero empty calories, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). By taking just 10 minutes to prep and cook, you’ll have a tasty snack ready all week long. To save yourself some time during the week, use resealable snack-size bags and portion the mix as soon as it has cooled. You’ll be ready to go.
Honey Nut Raisin Snack Mix
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Cool time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups brown crispy rice cereal
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups California raisins
- 1/2 cup California golden raisins
Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add honey, almond butter and cinnamon and bring to full boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in rice cereal, almonds and oats. Spread 1-inch thick on baking sheet then separate into 1-inch clusters. Let cool completely, then sprinkle in raisins. Store in an airtight container.
Note: For crunchy clusters, spread cooked mixture 1-inch thick on a prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350∞F for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir to form clusters and let cool completely. Sprinkle with raisins.
Source: California Raisin Marketing Board