Homemade Chex Mix Recipe
I don't know what it is about Chex Mix, but it's so good! It's one of my favorite snacks to grab for the road or an afternoon pick me up. I love savory crunchy things like chips too. Lately I've been finding I've been snacking on it more thanks to my job's on-site convenience store, but it starts to add up!
I also found that I was basically just eating the actual chex parts and bagel chips. I don't care for the "bread stick," the pretzels, or anything else.
So I decided to just make my own. I would make it mostly Chex pieces, maybe a few "add-ins," and load up on the seasonings. The best parts are the Chex pieces that hold all the seasoning. It's like a flavor bomb!
Loosely based on the Original Chex Mix recipe, I got to work... only to found I didn't do a very good job of making sure I had the right ingredients on hand. Here's my modified version:
- 9 cups of Oaty Bites, Chex Mix, or any other square cereal
- 2-3 cups of "add-ins" (sunflower seeds, almond slivers, sesame sticks)
- 6 Tablespoons of Kerrygold unsalted butter
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce (I know it's weird, but it worked in place of Worcestershire sauce)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons season salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
1. In a small microwavable bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds, or until melted.
2. Meanwhile, add the square cereal and your fixin's to a large microwavable bowl.
3. Once the butter is done melting, add the rest of the ingredients into the small bowl, and whisk to combine. Pour over the cereal mixture.
4. Pop it in the microwave for 6-8 minutes, stopping every 2 minutes to mix the bowl.
5. Lay out wax or parchment paper on the counter and pour the mixture over it into a single layer. Let the mixture cool down and dry. Maybe taste test a few warm pieces. :)
I know the soy sauce sounds wacky but after googling "Worcestershire alternatives," it was clear that was the best option to use in a pinch. I also somehow had less season all than I thought, so I added a little more garlic and onion powder (I love those two in everything anyway). I also added on an extra 2 minutes to the total microwave time because I wanted to make sure everything was really cooking. Your mileage may vary.
When I looked at the original recipe, I was surprised to see this was all done in the microwave. Any time I had made Chex Mix in the past, it required baking the goods at a low temperature for an hour and mixing it up every 15 minutes. The microwave method is much less time consuming and easier!
I even had my brother taste test these. He said while it was a bit strange, and oddly sweet (I think the Oaty Bites had a hint of sweetness), it was decent. Well, whatever, brother. I liked it!
The great thing about this mix is you can really change things up. You can add different add-ins such as potato sticks, popcorn, a variety of nuts, and even chocolate chips.
Have you made Chex Mix before? What would you put in it?