Think Cookie: A Snack Mix Recipe that Easily Adjusts for Special Diets

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Mmmm, Oatmeal and Cinnamon

The finished "trail mix"
The finished "trail mix" | Source

Recoup Your Lost Energy

This is a great way to recoup some of the calories and energy you’ve lost while hiking up a mountain, spending all day in school, or walking all the way to the sofa (bring a cup and spoon and beverage or you'll have to walk all the way back).

Or, stock up on calories for no reason other than this tastes really good and actually IS very high in fiber and carbohydrates.

This recipe can be very nutritious depending on what optional and alternative ingredients you use.

Tip for Parents and Caregivers

Since there is no baking or cooking required, this is a perfect recipe to make with young children — simply measuring ingredients and stirring them together is required.

Delicious Oatmeal-Cinnamon-Raisin Mix in 5 Minutes

A delicious 5-minute, 1-step, no-bake recipe that goes the distance, whether you're an athlete in need of carbs, a kid just home from school, or a hungry couch potato. A pre-filled, frozen snack baggie of this makes a great lunch-box treat or after-school snack, too.

Tip: To make this recipe even healthier, use artificial sweetener and reduce the amount of brown sugar that you put in the recipe.

Main Ingredients

Main snack mix ingredients
Main snack mix ingredients | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: Serves 4 (depending on options added)

Ingredients — Most Are Optional/Interchangeable for Special Dietary Needs

  • 3 Cups Oatmeal, quick or old-fashioned, Uncooked!
  • 1 ½ Cups or more Raisins, (add more to taste)
  • 1 Cup brown sugar, dark or light, Firmly packed
  • ½ Cup granulated sugar, (Or equivalent artificial sweetener powder, such as Stevia or Truvia)
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon, (Or add more cinnamon, to taste)
  • 1 Cup All-purpose flour, (Optional)
  • 1 Cup Benefiber® fiber supplement, (Optional)
  • ½ to 1 Cup Nuts and seeds (walnuts, almonds, or other favorites), shelled peanuts, and/or shelled sesame seeds, (Optional. Make sure that no one is allergic if you include nuts or seeds)
  • ½ to 2 Sticks Butter, (Optional, add to taste. Ensure that you have refrigeration if you include this ingredient!)

Shopping List for this Recipe

  • Oatmeal (quick or old-fashioned) — medium to large container
  • Raisins — Medium-sized package
  • Brown sugar (light, medium, or dark) — 1 standard baking size package
  • Granulated (white or natural) sugar — Small sack
  • Ground cinnamon — or stick cinnamon that you grind yourself

Optional/Interchangeable Ingredients: Be Creative!

  • All-purpose flour — Small sack
  • Benefiber® fiber supplement — large container
  • Shelled nuts, peanuts, or seeds — make sure no-one is allergic to these, though
  • Butter (optional, but recommended if refrigeration is available because it really makes the recipe taste better despite all of the additional fat and calories it adds)

The Simple, No-Bake, No-Cook 1-Step Process

  1. Measure all of the dry ingredients except the raisins into a very large mixing bowl. Stir until the mixture is of a consistent texture. Carefully stir the raisins in last so they don't get squashed.

Note 1: If you are using butter, soften it to room temperature first and add it before the raisins.

Note 2: This recipe will be completely dry: no wet ingredients were added (unless you chose to add butter), so don’t expect a ball of dough.

How to Eat This Dry Mix

To eat this, pour or spoon the mixture into a bowl or large mug and eat it with a spoon. Water, tea, or another favorite beverage will be needed to properly complement this recipe. Note that neither soda nor citrus beverages go well with this mix (Coke, Gatorade, orange juice, lemonade, etc.).

If you’re going to make this for a party or other eat-it-now occasion, you might want to also add ½ to 2 sticks of softened butter for richer taste, but don’t add that unless you are planning on eating it all before the butter gets rancid.

At a party, you should "double-bowl" the recipe if it contains butter: using two identical bowls, fill the bottom bowl with ice cubes or crushed ice, then place the food bowl on top of it. Monitor the ice throughout the party, replacing melted ice with new as necessary.

Tip: This "double-bowl" trick works with many foods that normally require refrigeration, such as potato salad (except at a picnic on a hot day—don't risk it!).

If you leave out the butter, this recipe has a long shelf life if kept in a sealed container. I often divide the recipe and leave part for eating in the near-term (1-2 weeks) and freeze the other part in a baggie for some later date (don't forget to put the date you made the mix on the bag!).

Tip: This makes a terrific after-school and before/after sports snack!

Note: This recipe freezes very well (even with the butter), and can be stored in individual-serving snack baggies (the dieter's friend)!

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emilybee 4 years ago

Sounds great! I love trail mix and it probably would be tasty to take on a hike, too! Very nicely done!


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Sounds good...thanks for the recipe!


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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

You're very welcome! Experiment with various ingredients--especially some spices.


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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Emilybee--Yes, I bring a baggie of this when I go hiking (and don't forget to pack it). Lots of energy ready for immediate use by the body. MMMMM and it tastes good. (That's honestly the only reason I make it--when I've got a craving for it. Otherwise I don't cook or bake much, unless you count making coffee).


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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

This also makes a good after-school snack for latch-key kids if you pre-measure it in baggies and use artificial sweetener to keep the calorie count down.


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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Yum! You've gotta try this sprinkled over ice cream. I've always enjoyed a tidbit of brown sugar sprinkled on vanilla ice cream, but this beats plain brown sugar by a mile. (I hate to think how many stairs I'll have to climb to work off this splurge.)


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Great recipe! Seems simple and easy to make.Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A lovely thought, and well explained recipe.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, I hope you try it (and variations of it of your own choosing). At its simplest it's a lot like an oatmeal cookie mix that hasn't had the water ingredients added yet. MMMmmmm, mmmm, good. Thanks for commenting again on one of my hubs--I love reader feedback, especially when it's positive. Cheers!


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

I adore trail mix, I'm eating some right now. But it's not homemade so I'm going to try that next time I go shopping:) Thanks for the recipe!


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

You're very welcome, fellow MinnesOtan! ya, shure. Join the meetup.com group that HubPages has set up for us and when we get some people in it maybe we can all get together to talk shop and laugh. I'd love to meet you and the other MN writers!


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

That sounds wonderful! I'll do that right now:) Have a great day!


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, you have a great day, too! Enjoy!


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Laura, this is one of those recipes that would be great for children with Autism. A lot of parents have concerns about digestion and issues, and this sounds like it would be a beneficial treat! I will definitely try it out for my son!


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Fantastic! Please let us all know if it works for other parents of children on the Spectrum! And, if possible, allow him to help make it (stir the ingredients together). :-)

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