CRUNCH TIME SNACK MIX

Recipe provided by www.drink-milk.com

This snack can also be prepared without the sugar glaze.

Just toss together the cereals, pretzel sticks, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Toss in cheese cubes just before serving.

Makes 10 (1 cup) snack servings

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

2 cups whole grain check square cereal (such as Whole Grain Chex)

2 cups honey-sweetened oat cereal (such as Honey Nut Cheerios)

2 ½ ounces (about 3 cups) pretzel sticks

½ cup sunflower seed kernels

1 ½ tablespoons butter

¼ cup honey

2 tablespoons canola oil

¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup dried cranberries, raisins or dried cherries

8 ounces reduced-fat Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese cubes

Mix cereals, pretzel sticks and sunflower seed kernels in a large bowl; set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in honey, oil and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and mix well. Pour over cereal mixture in bowl, stirring until evenly coated. Spread into a baking pan and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes (be careful not to overcook). Spread on waxed paper or aluminum foil; cool completely. Toss with dried cranberries; store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Toss in cheese cubes just before serving.

Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories 290 Total Fat 13 g Sat Fat 4 g Cholesterol 15 mg Sodium 450 mg Calcium 20% Daily Value Protein 10 g Carbohydrates 38 g Dietary Fiber 3 g