This Bunny Bait Easter snack mix is sweet and salty and filled with all your favorite things: pretzels, cereal, M&M’s and more! This quick Easter treat is great for munching on or for party favors and goodie bags.

A black rimmed bowl full of "bunny bait" trail mix against a white background.

What is bunny bait?

Bunny bait is a popular Easter snack mix that is made up of chocolate candies, different cereals, pretzels, nuts, and additional mix-ins topped with a chocolate drizzle. It’s kind of like a trail mix but specifically fit for the Easter holiday — or the spring season, in general!

Small hands grabbing a bowl of bunny bait.

What You’ll Need

  • Cheerios: The regular kind is fine (or can use the multi-grain variety) for this since we’ll be adding additional flavors.
  • Rice Chex cereal: I also use rice Chex for my favorite muddy buddies recipe! 
  • Pretzels: You can use the traditional kind, the sticks, or the thin crisps.
  • Salted cashew or dry roasted peanuts: This adds a healthy aspect of the mix and a yummy nutty flavor.
  • White chocolate chips: Or you can use white candy melts.
  • Coconut oil: This will be added to the chocolate to create our chocolate drizzle. Using coconut oil makes the chocolate easier to melt and so silky smooth!
  • Easter colored M&M’s: I used PB M&M eggs because they are my favorite Easter candy and I’m literally obsessed with them.
  • Toasted sweetened shredded coconut: Optional but really good!
An Easter bunny trail mix in two small black bowls against a white background with toasted coconut around each bowl.

How to Make Bunny Bait

  1. Prep the baking sheet.
    Line with parchment paper.
  2. Combine.
    In a large bowl add the cereals, pretzels and nuts. 
White chocolate being stirred into a glass bowl with pretzels, cashews, cheerios.
  1. Melt chocolate.
    In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Microwave until melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds.
Easter (pastel) colored M&M's being stirred into a cereal trail mix in a glass bowl.
  1. Mix.
    Pour chocolate into the large bowl with the mixed cereal. Stir. Add M&M’s and shredded coconut and stir again. 
  2. Let set.
    Spread the mixture flat on a baking sheet so that the white chocolate can set and harden.
Pastel colored M&M's poured overtop a white chocolate, coconut covered cereal mix.

Tools Used to Make This Recipe

Mixing bowls: These bowls are used on a daily basis in my home. I love the grippy bottoms, the pour spout, and the differing sizes.

Cookie sheet: This recipe will fit on a regular sized baking sheet.

Recipe Tips

This is a great recipe to make and then portion into bags for gifting! 

Variations

Nuts are optional, I like the whole ‘sweet and salty” snack concept so I wanted to add an additional salty portion to the mix. 

Coconut is optional as well (my son loves coconut so I add it whenever I get the chance), you don’t need it but it adds a subtle flavor that is really good. 

I’m obsessed with the Easter M&M PB eggs, so I will find any excuse to use those!

Storing

Store in an airtight or ziplock bag for 1-2 weeks. 

A baking sheet with white chocolate covered cereal easter trail mix dispersed on it to help it set up.

Additional Spring Recipes

A black bowl full of Easter cereal mix against a white background that has been lightly covered in toasted coconut.

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A black rimmed bowl full of "bunny bait" trail mix against a white background.
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Bunny Bait

This sweet and salty snack is loaded with pretzels, nuts, cereal, peanut butter M&M's and covered in delicious white chocolate. This is such a great snack mix to make around the Easter holiday, we are obsessed with it!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Melt Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 12 mins
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzels
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews - or dry roasted peanuts (optional, you can omit if you don't want nuts)
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips - can also use white candy melts
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Easter colored M&M's - I LOVE the peanut butter M&M eggs so I always use those! You'll need 1 – 9 oz bag (but you can always add more M&M's so add more or less to your liking!)
  • 1/2 cup toasted sweetened shredded coconut

Instructions
 

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  • In a large bowl combine the cheerios, Chex cereal, pretzels and cashews. 
  • In a microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Melt on half power stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth.
  • Pour the melted chocolate into the large bowl full of the mixed cereal. Stir to combine. Add the M&M’s and shredded coconut and stir to combine once more. 
  • Spread mixture on a baking sheet to let set. This is a great recipe to make and then portion into bags for gifting! 

Notes

Nuts are optional, I like the whole ‘sweet and salty” snack concept so I wanted to add an additional salty portion to the mix and cashews are my go-to so I add them here. 
Coconut is optional as well, you don’t need it but it adds a subtle flavor that is really good. I like toasted coconut because it brings out the flavor and adds a slight crunch. Here is a how to toast coconut guide if you need assistance. 
Nutritional information is based on 1 serving. The numbers are an estimate. 
Recipe adapted from How Sweet Eats

Nutrition

Calories: 518kcal (26%)Carbohydrates: 68g (23%)Protein: 7g (14%)Fat: 25g (38%)Saturated Fat: 14g (70%)Trans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mg (4%)Sodium: 370mg (15%)Potassium: 227mg (6%)Fiber: 3g (12%)Sugar: 44g (49%)Vitamin A: 439IU (9%)Vitamin C: 4mg (5%)Calcium: 169mg (17%)Iron: 6mg (33%)
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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