Crunchy Ramen School Snack

by Kirsten on August 12, 2012 · 16 comments

in Starters, Starters & Sides

My kid’s summer vacation is coming to an end and like every year I am asking myself where the time went. It  is hard to believe that another school year will start tomorrow.

On my last shopping trip with kids the question arose what to purchase and pack for school lunches. I find it very hard to come up with a meal that is healthy, tasty, stays fresh until eaten and doesn’t include a boring sandwich. I also refuse to get up super early in the mornings to cook a lunch from scratch to take. My daughter was looking through some of my cooking magazines for inspiration on her lunches and found this crunchy ramen school snack mix. Well, I know, it is not a lunch, but a start, because she also likes to take little snacks for in between classes.

This crunchy ramen school snack mix is a mixture of cornflakes, cashews and ramen noodles. It gets seasoned with cayenne pepper and curry. You can also add peas or any other  nut to personalize your crunchy ramen snack mix to your liking.  Enjoy!


Crunchy Ramen School Snack
3.0 from 2 reviews
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 2-4
  • 2 packages ramen, broken into small pieces (discard seasoning package)
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • 1 cup peanuts (my daughter omitted them)
  • 3 Tablespoons good vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • ½ cup fried or freeze-dried peas (my daughter omitted them)
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F (200 C). Line a baking sheet with silicon pad or baking paper.
  2. Mix curry powder, cayenne pepper and salt. Set aside.
  3. Mix ramen, nuts, cornflakes and peas. Add the oil and mix until well coated.
  4. Sprinkle the mixture with the spices.
  5. Place the snack mixture in one even layer on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Let cool before serving.


Adapted from my copie of everyday food magazine, issue September 2012.


I would to link this post back to my friend Marla’s blog @ Family Fresh Cooking. She started Project lunch box. Here you will find many more inspirations to pack a healthy lunch for yourself and your loved ones.


Project LunchBox –

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Nuts about food September 6, 2012 at 2:31 am

I think this is a great idea, love it!

Sadie August 23, 2012 at 7:04 am

HOLY sodium, Batman! lol

marla August 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm

This is such a GREAT idea for a crunchy snack! Sounds like we are both on the same plan with the school lunches. I am like you ~ I pack lunches daily for my kids. My daughter gets to try one of the school lunches and often decides it’s not for her! Thanks for sharing my badge and Project LunchBox with your readers 🙂

carlos August 15, 2012 at 2:36 am

Kirsten, congratulations on becoming a U.S. citizen.
My son Chris loves spicy snacks. I am making this for him. His favorite snack is Flaming Hot Cheetos. 🙂

Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake August 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

I think you can buy instant packet noodles in a whole package without any seasoning, that probably works out cheaper. But dang, that sounds like such a good idea…now I know what I’ll do with the left over noodles I don’t feel like eating!

Susan August 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

I can’t believe summer is coming to an end, but this is definitely a snack that I will make up to send to my son-in-law; he starts his first teaching post at Oberlin College and this would be a lovely gift since curry and cayenne are two of his favorite seasonings. XOXO

Karen Harris August 13, 2012 at 7:06 am

I can’t believe the new school year is here already either. This looks like a great bit of fuel to keep those young minds working.

Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch) August 13, 2012 at 5:13 am

Great idea. I’ve also (for me) been taking some hummus and fresh vegetables in a container.

Maureen August 13, 2012 at 12:25 am

What a lovely idea and one not only for school snacks. 🙂

Susan o August 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I would love to make this for my snack at school, but will have to eat this goodie at home. We aren’t allowed to have nuts at school because of allergies.

Kirsten August 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

That’s too bad you can’t take it to school Susan. The nuts are necessary. They balance the spiciness. They have a “nut free” eating area at my kids school. Therefore everybody else is still able to have a choice of what to eat. Well, you will have to try it at home.

Amy August 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

You mention cornflakes in the directions but not the ingredients – how much do you use?

Kirsten August 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Oops, 1 cup. I just fixed it in the recipe. Thanks for noticing.

Sue/the view from great island August 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

This is such a creative idea, my kids basically subsisted on lunch bags full of snacks…by the end of high school we were all so sick of thinking up new and interesting lunches that we just gave up! Wish I had had this recipe back then!

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