One of my big goals with my boys is to feed them as much food as possible that I’ve made myself. In other words, I do my best to stay away from highly processed snack foods that have been coated with powdered junk of unknown origins. I’ll admit that I don’t always succeed, but I do try.
Sometimes it’s a compromise as in the case here. Yes, pretzels are a processed food. (Hey, at least I bought organic pretzels….) But they are better than many other options.
And, any time I can get them calling their grandparents to tell them how excited they are to be eating oats and quinoa flakes, I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job!
This recipe has been adapted from Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites and to be honest, I’m not sure the original recipe was intended to be a snack mix. I original made the recipe as written with plans to use it in an overnight pancake recipe that is also in the book. (I did and it was fantastic!)
But then the boys saw it and got VERY excited that mom had made them a snack. All the while I’m thinking….are my boys really eating oats and cheering?
So, a snack mix it is around our house.
I’ll have to say that I even liked this – it’s the perfect combination between salty and sweet and since I removed the oil surprisingly low fat!
This recipe has been adapted from the amazing Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites, which I highly recommend – especially if you have kids or are in the process of going vegan.
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- 4 ounces pretzels, broken into pieces
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons apple sauce
- 2 tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine oats, quinoa flakes and pretzels.
- In a small bowl combine sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, apple sauce and water. Toss with oat mixture and stir well to combine.
- Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Stir and bake 8 minutes more. Allow to cool before serving. (Mixture will firm up as it cools.)