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Sticks and Stones Recipe

Sticks and Stones

This crunchy, lunch-box-friendly snack mix is sweetened with fruit juice and brown sugar.


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup frozen orange or apple juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups oatmeal cereal squares (we used Quaker Oatmeal Squares)
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups whole almonds
  • 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries


  1. Heat the oven to 300ยบ. Place the butter, juice concentrate, and sugar in a large, microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 45 seconds to melt the butter. Stir in the cinnamon.
  2. Spread the oatmeal squares, pretzels, and almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toss the pieces with the melted-butter mixture to coat. Bake the mix, stirring the pieces every 10 minutes, until the mixture is dry to the touch and the nuts are lightly toasted, about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven, then stir in the dried fruit. Let the mix cool completely before storing it in an airtight container. Makes about 7 cups.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving (1/2 cup):

Calories 241

Total Fat 11 g (17% DV)

Saturated Fat 3 g (13% DV)

Cholesterol 9 mg (3% DV)

Sodium 179 mg (7% DV)

Total Carbohydrate 29 g (10% DV)

Fiber 3 g (14% DV)

Sugars 14 g

Protein 5 g (10% DV)

Iron (26% DV)

Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.