I was signed up to bring a “salty snack” for Caroline’s Kindergarten Valentine’s Party. Snacks at our house are usually fruits, vegetables, cheese or nuts, but I wanted to bring something a little fun and festive. So I gathered up some “healthier” salty snacks, mixed them all together and added a little drizzle of dark chocolate over top. Because, what’s Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate, right? It’s still a healthier snack than all the candy in their Valentine’s box.
Here’s my very quick and simple recipe.
CUPID’S CRUNCH PARTY MIX
- 4 cups mini pretzels (whole wheat or spelt if possible)
- 2 cups popcorn (we like Skinny Pop or Trader Joe’s)
- 2 cups Strawberry Power O’s or Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted O’s
- 1 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
- 1 cup peanuts or other nuts
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate morsels (preferably 72% cacao or more)
Combine all ingredients (except chocolate) in a large bowl. Cover a large baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Spread snack mix over baking sheet. Heat chocolate in microwave for one minute then stir until it is all melted. With a spoon, drizzle chocolate over mix. Place pan in refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes to let chocolate cool. Break into pieces and serve.
I made two batches to make enough to place in about 25 snack size Ziploc bags for Caroline’s class. I put together a fun little label using free clip art to make it more festive. You can find the graphic I used here.
If you aren’t familiar with Power O’s made by Love Grown Foods, you should give them a try. It is my kids’ new favorite cereal. While I’d rather they ate eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, this cereal is a compromise I am willing to live with. They are made with navy beans, lentils and garbanzo beans, and brown rice. They have NO GMOs and NO artificial colors. They do contain sugar and “natural strawberry flavor”, but compared to the long list of artificial ingredients that are in most cereals, I am ok with that. They actually love the Chocolate Power O’s even more, but I thought the strawberry ones were more fun for this Valentine’s Day party mix.
Well, that was pretty simple! I had to do a taste test to make sure it was safe to eat. 😉 I have to say, it is really yummy! But, the real test would be the kids in Caroline’s class. They seemed to LOVE it as much as I did! I think I will add this to my rotation of snacks for the kids’ backpacks. It really is simple enough to make any day. I hope you’ll enjoy it with someone you love.