This simple, easy-to-make maple almond butter snack mix is sure to curb any mid-afternoon snack cravings you might have! It's full of all kinds of tasty ingredients but is also highly customisable.
Well, say hello to my new favourite snack! As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I'm always on the hunt for new snack ideas. I'm more than okay with buying pre-made snacks at the supermarket, but often find that I just can't find what I really want! So in times such as these, or when I just want to get creative in the kitchen, I like to come up with new homemade snack options. Just like these Peanut Butter Granola Clusters.
This time, I got the idea for coating nuts and seeds in a mixture of maple syrup, almond butter and cosy spices and had to give it a try. Lucky for us, it worked like a dream, creating the most delicious crunchy snack clusters. I combined these with a few other bits and pieces and ended up with the best snack mix!
Ingredients you'll need
You can mix and match the ingredients you use for this maple almond butter snack mix, just as long as you stick to the listed ratios! Here's what I like to use:
- mixed nuts - I'm a lover of variety, so I like to use a good mix of nuts here, but you can use your favourites! I used a mixture of pecans, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts and peanuts - this was just a store-bought mix of raw, unsalted nuts, so no need to buy lots of different packets!
- coconut flakes - these help to stick everything together into clusters and add great texture once baked. If you don't like coconut, I'd suggest trying flaked almonds instead but let me tell you I'm not that into coconut either and I love it here!
- mixed seeds - I used a mix of flaxseed, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, again from a pre-mixed pack. Try to use some small seeds, which again help to make those clusters! You could also use some chia seeds if liked.
- almond butter - mixed together with some maple syrup, this makes the tastiest coating for all of those nuts and seeds! You could use any nut butter you like but of course they'll all offer a different flavour.
- maple syrup - just a little to sweeten and bind everything together.
- coconut oil - we're just using a teaspoon and you could use a different oil or some butter instead if you prefer.
- ground cinnamon and nutmeg - the best cosy spices to add the best autumnal flavour!
- salt - you've got to have a good pinch of flaky (or regular) sea salt in there to bring out all the flavour. Plus, the sweet and salty combo is life!
- a few add-ins at the end - once all of the above ingredients have baked together to make crispy nutty clusters, we're adding in some extras to make a fun snack mix. My preferences are salty pretzels, dried cherries and golden raisins and a good handful of dark chocolate chips because chocolate makes everything better. Truly! You could add a handful of your favourite cereal, some salty crackers, any dried fruit you like or your favourite chocolate bar, chopped up. You could also add more raw nuts and seeds!
How to make maple almond butter snack mix
This recipe is easy peasy and takes very little time to make. All you need is a bowl, a spoon and a baking sheet.
Start by mixing together your wet ingredients in a bowl. Everything should be smooth and well-combined.
Add all of your nuts and seeds (not the pretzels, dried fruit and chocolate chips!) to the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix it all up until everything is well-coated. It will be really sticky so give it a good stir!
Pour the mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper and spread out to the best of your ability.
Bake in an oven that's been preheated to 180°C/350°F. 15 minutes baking is all you need!
Leave to cool before tossing together with your chosen add-ins! The snack mix will stay fresh in an airtight container for 5 days.
And that's it! Super simple and super satisfying. And if it's important to you, the base recipe is vegan and gluten free - just ensure your add-ins are suitable for your needs too.
I hope you give this maple almond butter snack mix a try! It's super simple but really does make the best autumnal snack. If you make it, be sure to leave a comment, rate the recipe and tag me on Instagram! I love to see your creations!
And if you're looking for more snack ideas, why not try one of my other recipes:
- Cashew Butter Granola Bars
- Coconut Tahini Pistachio Granola
- Vegan Blueberry Muffins
- Raw Mexican Chocolate Energy Bars
- Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Maple Almond Butter Snack Mix
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt, (or if using regular sea salt, just use a pinch)
- 1 ½ cups mixed nuts, (200g, pecans, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts and brazil nuts all work!)
- ½ cup coconut flakes, (35g)
- ¼ cup mixed seeds, (40g, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc)
- ¼ cup dried cherries
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ½ cup salted pretzels
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.2 tablespoons almond butter, 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt
- Add the mixed nuts, coconut flakes and mixed seeds to the wet ingredients. Stir well to combine - it will be sticky. Make sure everything is well coated.1 ½ cups mixed nuts, ½ cup coconut flakes, ¼ cup mixed seeds
- Spread the nuts out onto the lined baking sheet, spreading them out as flat as you can, although they will be very clumpy!
- Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown, tossing after about 10 minutes in the oven. Leave to cool completely on the baking sheet.
- Once cool, add to a large bowl and toss with the other ingredients - dried cherries, golden raisins, salted pretzels and dark chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container for 5 days.¼ cup dried cherries, ¼ cup golden raisins, ½ cup salted pretzels, ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
So tasty and filling. I did replace the golden raisins with dried cranberries. It is the perfect snack to keep in my handbag for emergency snacking.
This is a great idea! Love this for a fall snack 🙂