I decided to try making my own snack/trail mix this weekend and it couldn't have been easier! And, it's very tasty. I spent $6.59 in extra ingredients onto my regular grocery list. Which $6.59 can be considered pricey for a snack mix but this makes twice the amount of what you'd pay for a regular package of snack mix and you know exactly what is in the package. Here's the breakdown...
1 pkg. Small Lightly Salted Pretzels (a regular grocery item and store brand)
1 pkg. Cascadian Farm's Honey Oh's Cereal (a regular grocery item and $1.00 coupon)
1 container Roasted, Unsalted Peanuts
1 container Planters NUT*rition Antioxidant Mix (contains almonds, bananas, peaches, blueberries, cranberries and cashews)
The peanuts and NUT*rition were the only things that were added to my regular grocery list. The peanuts were next to nothing since I bought the store brand and had a coupon. The Planters NUT*rition was the most expensive item at $5.59 but it ended up being cheaper than trying to buy all the different dried fruits that are in this package. For instance, a small package of dried bananas would have cost me $2.00 and raisins were $2.00 and up.
I tossed the whole container of NUT*rition into a gallon zip-lock bag, then added a few cups of cereal, pretzels, and about one cup of peanuts and then mixed it all up. Super easy! And considering that I have a gallon sized bag of the mix, it's rather cheap. Not to mention, I have enough cereal, pretzels and peanuts to make this at least two more times with the only additional ingredient needed is the NUT*rition.