Tropical Gingered Snack Mix

By Kristen Trukova, MS, RD, CSO, CNSC, LDN, Nutrition/Clinical Oncology Dietitian Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Zion, Illinois

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This is a good snack because it is quick to prepare, tasty, can travel well in your car, purse or backpack and is a great source of fiber, protein and antioxidants.

Yields 12 servings


2 cup oatmeal almond cereal
1 cup bran cereal
1 cup multi-bran square cereal
1/3 cup almonds, slivered
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, chopped
¼ cup dried mango
¼ cup dried pineapple
¼ cup dried banana
¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons trans-fat free vegetable oil spread
¼ cup shredded coconut (optional)


Preheat oven to 300°.  Mix cereals, nuts, dried fruits and crystallized ginger in large bowl; set aside.  Add brown sugar, ground ginger and vegetable oil spread in saucepan over low heat; stir until spread is melted.  Add coconut, if desired.  Pour melted sugar mixture over cereal and nuts; toss with large wooden spoon to evenly coat cereal mixture.  Spread onto an ungreased, rimmed cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes, stirring once at halfway point. Let cool and enjoy.