Dinosaur Hunt Snack Mix

I’ve been hosting lots of backyard dinosaur hunts that require dinosaur hunt snacks. For the next one, I’m serving gluten-free snack mix. I’ll also have a make-your-own s’mores station.

If your grandkids are like mine, they LOVE dinosaurs. Not only that, they can pronounce all of those impossible dinosaur names: Diplodocus, Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus. How do they do that?

In this era of distanced visits, a dinosaur hunt can be a fun way to get together and keep connection. Some grandkids like to know there will be constant feature they can count on, but there also needs a bit of novelty to keep them interested. This week, I’m changing up the food to include snack bags filled with cereal mix.

Like sausage balls, I’ve tended to only make this during the holidays. Recently, I was playing with recipes for college students and ended up with a microwave version that’s really good! It has salt, crunch, and takes only 10 minutes to make. Now I’m going to have to force myself not to make it all of the time.

Here’s the recipe:

1/4 cup butter
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
2 cups Rice Chex™ cereal
2 cups Corn Chex™ cereal
1 cup Kix® cereal
1 cup gluten-free pretzels
1 cup mixed nuts (optional)

In large microwave-safe bowl, place butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Heat in microwave on high for 1 minute. If butter is fully melted, stir ingredients together until fully mixed. If butter is not melted, microwave in 30-second increments until it is.

Once spices and butter are mixed, add Rice Chex and Corn Chex. Mix making sure to spoon plenty of the spiced butter up from the bottom of the bowl. Add Kix and pretzels and mix again. Return bowl to microwave and cook on high for 6 minutes. Stop the microwave every two minutes and stir the mixture. Allow to cool.

When I’m making this for little ones, I leave out the nuts. Also, word to the wise, don’t be tempted to go for a can of fancy nuts. I did that last Christmas and I was not happy. I missed the peanuts!

I know I’m not the only one trying to navigate distanced visits. You don’t have to do a backyard dinosaur hunt to get together, but carrying some snack bags filled with a homemade treat along on any adventure is a great way to remind the family of memories you share.


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Author: Cheri Thriver

Hello, Cheri Thriver here blogging about cooking, thriving, and the intersection of the two. I’ve been living a gluten-free lifestyle for over 15 years. I understand that it’s rarely a lack of knowledge or the availability of appropriate food that keeps us from making healthy choices. More often than not, it’s an emotional connection, previous trauma, or fear of social reprisal that keeps us stuck. My wish is that you’ll find something here that informs, entertains, or inspires you to change anything that needs to be changed for you to live fully and thrive.

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