Trail mix is a snack food commonly used in outdoor recreational activities like hiking, backpacking and mountaineering, but it is also a perfect lunchbox treat. It usually consists of a mixture of nuts, seeds and dried fruits such as raisins and cranberries. It’s energy rich and has a high content of vitamins and minerals. Fussy eaters often eat more between meals than they do at mealtimes, so it’s important to give healthy snacks like these bars rather than let them graze on empty calories that will spoil their appetite for their main meal.
Suitable from three years of age
Makes 8 bars
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
55 g (2 oz) butter
3 tbsp golden syrup or clear honey
100 g (3 1/2 oz) quick cook oats
80 g (3 oz) packed soft brown sugar
30 g (1 oz) Cheerios
40 g (1 1/2 oz) raisins
40 g (1 1/2 oz) salted peanuts or pumpkin seeds
55 g (2 oz) milk chocolate chips or dried cranberries
35 g (1 1/4 oz) sunflower seeds
1/4 tsp salt
Pre-heat oven to 325°F/170°C/Gas 3. Line a 20 cm x 20 cm (8 in x 8 in) tin with baking parchment and grease lightly.
Put the butter and golden syrup in a small pan over a low heat until the butter has melted. Set aside to cool.
Put the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir together. Add the cooled butter mixture and mix well to combine. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and press down firmly. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the centre is just firm to the touch.
Remove from the oven, cool for 15 minutes then mark into 8 bars, using a sharp knife. Allow to cool completely before lifting from the pan. Store in an airtight container.
(WARNING: contains nuts if using salted peanuts. For nut-free, replace with pumpkin seeds. Not suitable for freezing)