I’ve already revealed my love for snacks. And while we all have our preferences, I’d say that snack mixes are some of the best snacks around.
Easy munching. Easy to take on the go. And easy to make. A triple threat!
And I know what you’re thinking… “Jill, why make a snack mix when I can just buy it at the store?” Because YOU get to call the shots!
Related: My Favorite On-the-Go Snacks
Do you enjoy a little more flavoring on your crackers? Or maybe some more chocolate in your trail mix? You can easily change up your homemade snack mix to match your preferences.
And if you’re in the market for a recipe, I have a few snack mixes on hand I’d love to share. (there might even be a NEW one in the bunch!)
My Savory and Zesty Ranch Crackers
Ahh. My savory and zesty Ranch crackers… a favorite in my household and a favorite in so many of yours as well!
This is one of those snack mixes that’s hard to put down. So when you’re making a batch, you might want to make two!
Below, you can find a video of me walking you through how to make them.
As you can see, it’s quite easy. But I love sharing some of my tips and tricks for a perfect batch!
These also make a great “gift of food” whether it’s for the holidays or a new neighbor. I like to put them in cute jars that make for easy snacking!
Harvest Snack Mix
It might sound like a fall-exclusive treat, but this harvest snack mix is great to have on hand for spring sports games, summer road trips and more!
And when it only requires 5 minutes to make, there’s really no excuse NOT to have a batch on hand.
Now the reason I originally made this as a “fall” mix is because it includes candy corn. But like I mentioned above, if there’s an ingredient you don’t like (or can’t find), you can always leave it out!
You can also swap the candy corn for mini peanut butter cups, raisins or Chex cereal.
Savory and Spicy Crackers
I told you I’d have a new recipe for you! And boy… when I say these crackers are good, I mean they’re GOOD.
They’re great on meat and cheese boards for the crunch and flavor. Plus, they’re great at summer parties because they’re easy to munch on and there’s nothing to melt or get sticky.
Here’s how to make them.
Cruncy and flavorful, these savory and spicy crackers pack a punch!
- 1 12-ounce box of cheddar crackers, like Cheez-Its
- 1 package dry Ranch dressing/dip mix
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Preheat the oven to 250º F.
- Dump crackers into a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag.
- In a small bowl, mix oil, Ranch mix and other seasonings.
- Pour the mixture over the crackers in a bag. Close the bag and gently flip the bag so that the crackers become covered in seasoning. Remember... Cheez-Its are a bit more fragile than other crackers, so toss them GENTLY!
- When well-coated, spread the crackers on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for 10 minutes. Let cool.
Minimize the red pepper flakes if you want them milder. Want more of a kick? Add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper!
You can keep this snack mix in a container for up to two weeks. And if you’re not a Cheez-Its fan, you can also use oyster crackers!
Not a fan of spicy food? You might still enjoy these! I would say that the recipe as written makes them “medium spicy.” BUt you can always reduce the amount of red pepper flakes to accommodate your taste level.
Actually a fan of the heat? Up the fire by adding 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the spice blend!
What snack mixes catch your eye the most? Let me know if you try one… and let me know if you find a better or more yummy way to make them!
I love recommendations and hearing how you make MY recipes YOURS as well!
From my kitchen to yours,
Oh… and if you’re still in the mood to do some snack shopping, check out some of our NEWEST JUST JILL SNACKS HERE!