Whether you’re wanting a fun after-school snack or a tasty road trip nosh, this PB&J Snack Mix is a delicious mid-day treat!
Who’s up for a long a car journey complete with a cooler full of La Croix and all the snacks, including this addicting PB&J Snack Mix? Seriously, my favorite part of going on vacation as a kid was all the snacks. In the ’90s, our go-to trip snack was Diet Coke and Reduced-Fat Snack Wells Devils’ Food Cookies (ew). In high school, when we went on the road for school competitions, it was puppy chow (aka Muddy Buddies), Sour Cream and Cheddar Ruffles and probably still loads of Diet Coke. Actually, if you sub out the soda for a latte that snack sounds pretty good right about now…
If you’re a peanut butter lover you’re going to dig this snack mix x 1000. Matt, who is not a big peanut butter lover, did not dig this snack mix lol. Eh, you can’t win ’em all! I, however, had to send it to work with him or I would have eaten all 12+ servings all by myself. In my opinion, the peanut butter is actually pretty subtle. The coating of the mix is 50% peanut butter chips and 50% white chocolate chips, so it’s really quite mellow. Except for when you get a peanut butter m&m and that’s just pure bliss. The “jelly” portion of the recipe actually comes in the form of freeze-dried strawberry powder. You could also use raspberry if you prefer, or I even saw freeze-dried grapes at Trader Joe’s the other day. How fun would that be? I’m definitely trying that next. OR you could go for an Elvis-inspired concoction and use freeze-dried bananas. Well, it looks like I need to find some road trips to go on because I’m going to be trying every different version of this possible.
What’s your go-to vacation nosh? Please enable my snack addiction.
Have a freeze-dried fruit obsession like me? Try my Tropical Banana Bread!
- 3 cups Cheerios (I used Multigrain)
- 3 cups rice Chex
- 3 cups Wheat Chex
- 1 cups pretzel sticks
- 1 1.2 oz bag freeze-dried strawberries
- 2-3 cups peanut butter m&m’s
- 12 oz peanut butter chips
- 12 oz white chocolate
- In a large bowl combine the Cheerios, Chex, Pretzels and peanut butter m&m’s. Mix them up a bit, making sure that everything is evenly distributed.
- Empty the contents of the freeze-dried strawberries into a food processor or blender. Pulse until the fruit is completely pulverized and resembles flour. You should have about ½ cup. Alternatively, you can crush them in the bag with a rolling pin, just make sure you crush them really fine.
- Meanwhile, over a double boiler, melt the white chocolate and peanut butter chips according to the directions on the package.
- Once the chips have melted to a smooth consistency add the freeze-dried strawberry powder and whisk to combine. Drizzle over the cereal mix and combine with a wooden spoon or hands. I like to use medical gloves to stir with my hands. Make sure all the cereal is covered in the mixture.
- Once the entire batch has been combined, lay it out to dry on a large sheet of parchment or wax paper. Let dry for 1 hour so the mix is cooled and hard. Break it up into medium pieces and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.