A big bowl of gluten-free Chex-style snack mix can be perfect for parties or movie night. As more and more types of gluten-free cereals are available, it is very easy to substitute them into classic recipes with great results. This snack mix looks and tastes as good as the original.
If you want to stick with the Chex brand, they offer eight varieties that are gluten-free. You should avoid Wheat Chex, but can enjoy Rice Chex and Corn Chex and flavored varieties. Look for the gluten-free labeling.
Regular pretzels are made with wheat flour, so they must be avoided. Look for gluten-free pretzels, such as those made by Snyder's of Hanover that are made from corn starch, potato starch, and tapioca starch.
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (gluten-free)
- 2 teaspoons salt (gluten-free, seasoned)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (gluten-free)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (gluten-free)
- 9 cups rice cereal (gluten-free Chex-style)
- 3 cups pretzels (gluten-free)
- 1 cup pecans (or your favorite nuts)
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 250 F
Place olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings in a large roasting pan and stir to blend.
Add cereal, pretzels, and nuts. Gently stir to coat all ingredients thoroughly.
Place uncovered in the preheated oven. Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
Store any leftover snack mix in an airtight container. It should keep for four to six weeks.
You can heat the snack mix in different ways. Some like to use the slow cooker, tossing the dry ingredients with the oil and seasonings and then cooking on low for 1 to 3 hours, stirring every 45 minutes. That certainly allows you to put it together earlier while you make final preparations for your gathering.
Another method uses the microwave. You stir the dry ingredients, seasoning, and oil together in a large, microwave-safe bowl. The microwave uncovered on the HIGH setting for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
You can play with different spices and cereal combinations. One popular one is to make the mixture spicy by adding cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce. Be sure to start with a smaller amount and taste test to ensure you are getting the right amount of spice without making it too blazingly hot.
The Blueberry Chex, Chocolate Chex, Cinnamon Chex, Honey Nut Chex, and Vanilla Chex gluten-free varieties may tempt you to create a sweeter mixture. Add some brown sugar or gluten-free light corn syrup to the oil when coating cereal.
Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.