Peanut Butter Chex Trail Mix

This post is sponsored by General Mills. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

One thing I’ve learned as a parent, especially over the last couple of years as my babes get older and we’re constantly running from one activity to the next, is that having snacks on hand that can be taken on the go are crucial. I mean, crucial. While there are plenty of individually packaged snacks made for that purpose, I’ve found that unique snacks we can make and enjoy together at home tend to be more appreciated (by all of us).

Since I was a child, I have had an profound affinity for Chex Mix. I remember my aunt making it for holiday parties and racing to the food table as soon as I walked through her door to get my fill. My kids, husband, and I also love making our own trail mix. So when I first spotted NEW Peanut Butter Chex at Walmart (did I mention we’re all big peanut butter fans as well?), I knew we had to put together a special trail mix with this as the star of the show. My daughter and I experimented with a few different combinations, and finally came up with one that is so incredibly delicious I just had to share it with you guys.

Peanut Butter Chex Trail Mix

4 cups Peanut Butter Chex cereal
3 cups pretzel twists
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup raisins
1 cup dry roasted or cocktail peanuts
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup sesame sticks

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well, and store in an airtight container. You can’t get easier than that!

The key to this recipe is, of course, the Peanut Butter Chex. The subtle sweetness pairs perfectly with the chocolate chips and raisins, and the rich flavor of the peanut butter (it’s made with real peanut butter, and you can tell) takes the mix to the next level. Combined with pretzels and peanuts, the Peanut Butter Chex provides the perfect crunch. The pepitas and sesame sticks are optional, but I really think they give the mix an added layer of flavor. The combination of ingredients is truly mouth watering! I also really appreciate that Peanut Butter Chex cereal contains no high fructose corn syrup, no colors from artificial sources, no preservatives and no artificial flavors. (It’s gluten free too!)

The kids loves eating this, but they also love that they can make this special trail mix by themselves. It’s so easy and there’s no cooking involved, which is a big bonus. I measure the ingredients for them and they combine them in a big bowl. Then we put the mix in a container and enjoy it for a week, taking it with us everywhere from t-ball games to dance class to picnics at the park. It’s truly the perfect summertime treat!

If you love peanut butter, Chex Mix, trail mix, or just a truly great snack, you’ll also love these recipes: Peanut Butter Chex Party Mix and Double Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies. (We love the Muddy Buddies for dessert!)

Head over to your local Walmart or click here and stock up on some Peanut Butter Chex right now. (It’s pretty great for breakfast too.) And if you make our trail mix recipe or either of the others I recommended, I’d love to hear what you think!

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I genuinely never wear hair accessories, unless a stretched-out hair tie desperately holding a two day old bun that is slowly giving into gravity counts. But because trends interest me (even if I don’t follow them for the most part), and I’m kind of curious about all of the fancy clips/slides/barrettes everyone is wearing these days. I’m not sure they’re for me, but I do find them to be quite pretty when done right. During one of my 3 AM I-can’t-sleep-so-I’ll-just-make-it-worse-by-picking-up-my-phone rabbit holes, I searched out these clips and came upon a whole bunch that I did not hate. And then I felt compelled to share them here and see what your thoughts are on them.

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Arctic fox walks more than 2,000 miles across the sea ice from Svalbard to Ellesmere Island

arctic fox crosses from Norway to Canada

The Guardian reports that an arctic fox has been documented walking 2,000 miles across the sea ice from Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago to Canada’s Ellesmere Island.

The vixen, a blue phase arctic fox, was collared with a tracking device on Spitsbergen. The Norwegian Polar Institute then followed her travels for the next 76 days. She wandered across the sea ice to Greenland, probably scavenging polar bear kills and catching sea birds. She then wandered across northern Greenland, eventually the sea ice again to settled on Ellesmere.

She traveled an average of 46.3 km per day, which is a little less than 29 miles day. On one day, she traveled  155 km or 96 miles across the ice sheet in Greenland.

Arctic foxes are significantly smaller than red foxes, which kill them where their ranges overlap.  The two species have hybridized in captivity, but the offspring are sterile. Arctic foxes are most closely related to the kit and swift foxes of North America, and they probably could produce fertile hybrids with them if they were ever given the opportunity.

Arctic foxes are not extremely dependent upon sea ice for survival, but the sea ice is useful for augmenting their diets in the winter, when they can follow polar bears.

Because it is unlikely that this fox’s journey is but a fluke, sea ice has been essential in retaining gene flow in the species across northern Eurasia and North America. More research must be performed on the genetics of this species, but it would surprise me if there wasn’t at least some gene flow across the arctic.

Arctic foxes are about the size of a toy dog, averaging 6-7 pounds in weight, but they are so well-adapted to long-distance travel that they can make such amazing journeys.

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