Every month, we like to switch up our trail mix recipes with new ingredients for a fresh new combination of flavors, and this month we decided to go with a Honey-Glazed Halloween Trail Mix to counter all of the treats on offer.
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Trail Mixes are a great tool for sensory kids to use to stimulate their oral motor needs while delivering health benefits, such as vitamins, minerals, and protein.
It can be easy for sensory sensitive kids to get into a rut and want to eat the same things all of the time, which is why trail mix is such a great staple. You can swap out single ingredients slowly over time while keeping the snack recognizable and comfortable. Adding new textures, tastes, and even scents can be done in a way that encourages experimentation without removing the familiar.
It’s easy to get my daughter to eat all things pumpkin spice, like our Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies or Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mix Cookies, so I incorporated Pumpkin Spice Cheerios to keep her happy. If you don’t have Pumpkin Spice Cheerios where you live, just use Honey Nut Cheerios (or plain) and add 1/2 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice mix to the honey mixture after heating.
First, gather your ingredients:
- 1 cup Honey Nut Chex
- 1 cup Pumpkin Spice Cheerios
- 1 cup popcorn
- 1/2 cup walnuts or other nut
- 1/3 cup honey or brown sugar
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup Candy Corn and/or Candy Pumpkins
If your child has a favorite Halloween candy or fall treat, feel free to add that to this trail mix or substitute it for something you’re not quite sure they’ll like.
Add the honey and orange juice to a microwave safe container and heat for 30 seconds, watching closely. Stir and reheat if the liquid is not hot.
Place the Chex, Cheerios, and walnuts in a microwave-safe bowl and pour the honey-orange juice mixture overtop.
Stir to coat and then heat the trail mix for 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave, watching carefully to prevent burning.
Allow the glaze to set – either in the bowl, or by laying the trail mix out on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes.
Toss with the remaining ingredients and serve or pack in a airtight container.
This is a great after-school snack or lunchbox recipe to help your kiddo try new foods. How do you encourage your child to try new foods?