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My son is always hungry. He loves to snack throughout the day. Who doesn’t? We are out and about most days, so I’m always on the lookout for portable, toddler-friendly snacks. I first discovered toddler snack mix at one of Colton’s friend’s birthday parties. He (and all the other kids!) gobbled it up. I’ve been making it regularly ever since. This is Colton and I’s favorite “recipe” for toddler snack mix.
I put “recipe” in quotation marks because, as you can see, there’s not much to it. That means that Colton gets to make it himself, which is part of the appeal.
To make this toddler snack mix, you’ll need M&Ms, animal crackers, pretzels, and Goldfish crackers. Of course, you can edit the ingredients to match your little one’s taste. For example, when Colton was younger, I used to add vanilla-flavored puffs.
Simply grab a large bowl and let your toddler go to work! Like most little ones, Colton loves to help out in the kitchen. Look at the pure joy on his face!
The M&Ms tend to sink to the bottom of the bowl. Once your little helper has added all of the ingredients, you’ll need to help mix them up to get an even distribution. If your toddler is anything like mine, your most important task will be to keep a close eye on the ratio of M&Ms to other ingredients. If Colton had his way, the snack mix would be 90% M&Ms!
Once you’ve mixed up the ingredients, you’re all done. Easiest “recipe” ever, right? That’s my kind of cooking!
Colton always wants to sample his handiwork right away. Who can blame him?
I usually divide our toddler snack mix into snack size baggies. This makes it super easy to throw a couple into my diaper bag and provide a yummy snack on the go. Colton knows that I always have snacks in my bag, because he’ll start digging around in there when he’s hungry. Okay, sometimes I do the same!
Don’t forget to pin this toddler snack mix recipe for later!
Have you ever made toddler snack mix? What are your toddler’s favorite ingredients?
I love these mixed up snacks although I haven’t tried this mix. The keep toddlers so busy it gives them something to do especially on a long car ride.
Snack mix is great for road trips! It’s so difficult to keep them occupied in the car sometimes!
These are perfect! and they look yummy- I want to eat it!
I always eat some myself, too! That’s the best part! 😉
I hadn’t thought about making my own snack mix. Great idea! My 5 and 3 year olds would love this.
It’s so easy to make, Bobbi! Hope you give it a try!
I love how simple this is! I have a one-year-old and we’re starting to venture off into toddlerhood, so this is a great snack to introduce her to.
How fun, Kaycee! That is a great age. Hopefully she enjoys the snack mix!
These look so delicious..i dont think my kids will get any with a bowl that looks that great with all the things i like. Haha thank you for this!
Nothing wrong with saving some back for yourself, Maria! 🙂
This is a great snack mix! My girls love snacks too and I have all of these ingredients at home already. I never considered mixing them together. I’m excited to see their reaction to their new snack mix later.
I hope your girls enjoy it, Ayanna! One of the things I love most about this mix is that I usually have all of the ingredients on hand anyway!
oooh this is perfect for toddlers!! Plus it’s easy enough to substitute with gluten free items!
Yes, there are so many ways to customize this mix to meet any dietary needs! Thank you, Ashly!
We totally used to make something like this when I worked at a daycare. So yummy!
That’s awesome, Danielle! There are so many ways to customize this snack mix. I bet the kids loved it!
Thank for sharing this! I have saved to my pinterest as well. My toddler will love this, Im definitely going to try it for him. Yay
Thank you, Sade! I hope your little guy loves it!
So yummy and simple! I’d eat it all myself!
I do the same, Leighann! 😉
OH I LOVE this “cooking” idea! So easy and I can see the kiddos loving this! I love the idea of putting it in little baggies so it’s ready to go, too. Great idea, thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much, Jill! It’s nice to have the little pre-portioned bags to grab and go!
My son would eat this up, literally. I haven’t given him animal crackers yet, but I bet he would love them.
You’ll have to give it a try, Krysten! Hopefully he enjoys it!
What a great idea. I love that it’s so easy to grab on the go, and that it is completely customizable.
Thank you, Caitlin! It’s fun to come up with different ideas of items to add to the mix. This is our favorite combination, though!
I love this idea! So many yummy things all in one! My kids would love this!
Thank you, Francesca! It is so simple to make and yet so tasty! Aren’t those the best recipes?
My toddler loves all of these items, so what a fun idea to have her make up her own mix! I am pretty sure toddlers are obsessed with all things Goldfish! I love the idea of portioning the bags. Great tip!
I agree, I think all kids love Goldfish. We even served Goldfish at my son’s 2nd birthday party! Everyone gobbled them up!
This looks yummy, I could do this as a snack daily too. Hah, I think I will keep a jar at work. Yum.
That’s a great idea, Leslie! This would be a great afternoon snack at work. I wish I would’ve thought about it during my office job days!
I need to make a mix like this with my kids! We love cooking and baking together, so this seems like a natural fit! Great idea. Hope your little guy continues to like being in the kitchen!
That’s great that your kids love to cook and bake! I think my son enjoys being in the kitchen more than I do. He inspires me to do more cooking and baking because he enjoys helping so much!
I love the idea of putting animal crackers in a snack mix!
Thank you, Rose! My son loves them!
My kids are always hungry too! Looks like a great snack for pre-teens as well. I’ll have to give this to them and they can whip some together 😀
This is great for all age, Georgiana! I eat it myself! 😉
this is so cute! I think something like this would be perfect for when my sister’s kids come over to play with mine. An easy snack that they can grab and go.
That’s a great idea, Jessi! I might have to make this for the next playdate that I host!
I don’t have a toddler, but I would make it for myself! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Nothing wrong with that, Sam! I eat it myself too!
Super yummy. We would have to substitute the m&m due to food allergies, but love the look!
Thank you, Kim! There are lots of options that could be used in place of M&Ms that would be equally as yummy! 🙂
My kids are A L W A Y S hungry. I feel like all I do all day is prepare food over and over again. This may sound silly, but I’ve never thought of making a snack mix before. My kids would really like this, and it’s so simple! Thanks for sharing!
I feel the same way, Amanda! I’m basically always preparing a meal or cleaning up after one. By then, it’s time to start the next one! The glamorous life of a mom 😉
My 4-year old and I have needed a new recipe to make together. I think we will make this today
I hope you both enjoy making this snack mix, Erin! 🙂
I actually have all of those in my pantry now except the pretzels. Great idea to mix them and prebag them for the week.
That’s what I love about this mix! I usually have all of the ingredients anyway!
Yum! My 4 year old is always hungry!! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
I can’t believe how much kids can eat! It’s crazy! 🙂
My child would love this! It’s a perfect treat for him to help put together and so simple!
I love that my son is able to help make this! He likes helping, too!
My kids would certainly love this. I love that they can add the ingredients and mix it up themselves. It’s great to make that part of any meal or snack.
Totally agree, Elizabeth! It’s so great when the little ones can help out in the kitchen!