I’m actually a pretty intense snacker. Technically that should read: eater, but since this is a snack recipe we will stick to the topic at hand.
As a kid I used to love Chex Mix, basically anything that was a snack with options. There was (and is) something so gratifying about being able to sift through a bag or bowl of Chex Mix and pick out particular pieces at a time. My younger self definitely gravitated toward the pretzels or little bread-like sticks but I find myself now going straight for those perfectly coated and roasted hazelnuts. Mmmm…
This homemade version is not only so easy to whip up for the perfect family-friendly snack but it’s also a much healthier option since it uses gluten-free cereal AND pretzels, heart-healthy ghee, and just a few simple flavor add-ins (aka no extra junk). Don’t believe me yet that his healthy snack is actually GOOD for you? Well, see below for all the amazing benefits each ingredient has…
Then go make some!
- Rice Chex cereal: gluten-free, contains whole grains, high in dietary fiber, low in sugar, low in fat
- Gluten-free pretzels: gluten-free (duh!), contains whole grains, high in dietary fiber fiber, low in sugar, low in fat
- Cashews: contains zinc, magnesium, iron, and copper, great for heart health, promote strong and healthy hair, eyes, and skin, contains dietary fiber
- Hazelnuts: reduces inflammation, contain dietary fiber, lowers cholesterol, great for heart health, loaded with antioxidants, and lowers blood sugar
- Pistachios: high in antioxidants, increases healthy gut bacteria, low calorie, high in protein, aids in weight loss, lowers cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure, contains vitamin B6, magnesium and protein which promotes better sleep
- Pumpkin seeds: high in magnesium which is good for bone density/strength, improves prostate and bladder health, high in antioxidants, good for heart and liver health, helps to strengthen the immune system, high in zinc which is beneficial for the immune system and pregnancy, and is great for the skin and eyes
- Ghee: good source of energy, contains healthy fat, promotes good intestinal health, heart-healthy, great for skin,
- Coconut aminos: great for heart health, lowers cholesterol, strengthens the immune systems, reduces inflammation, and promotes good mental health
- Apple cider vinegar: antibacterial and anti-fungal, great for digestion and gut health, helps the body absorb minerals, helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, aids in weight loss, and boosts the immune system
- Himalayan pink sea salt: balances the body’s pH, regulates blood sugar, reduces signs of aging, helps to balance electrolytes, increases hydration, supports good respiratory function, good for vascular health, boosts circulation, and promotes restful sleep
Homemade Snack Mix
Author: The Hungry Happy Mama
Yields: about 8 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 45 minutes
- 4 c Rice Chex cereal
- 2 c gluten-free pretzels
- 3/4 c raw cashews
- 1/2 c raw hazelnuts
- 1/2 c raw pistachios
- 1/2 c raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 c ghee (or sub butter, vegan butter, coconut oil)
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 tsp pink sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 350F and line large baking sheet with parchment.
- In a large bowl combine the cereal, pretzels, nuts and seeds, and set aside.
- Melt the ghee in a small saucepan over low heat and whisk in the honey, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, and sea salt.
- Once the ghee has melted and ingredients are well combined carefully pour over the dry mixture.
- Gently toss the to coat all of the pieces.
- Spread the cereal mixture as evenly as possible onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Once ready, remove from the oven and allow the pan to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Storing: Chex mix will keep best for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.
Recipe Notes: you can easily swap out the nuts/seeds in this recipes for any other favorites/what you have on hand! Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, Brazil nuts, and/or pumpkin seeds all work great. Just swap out equal measurements of each.