Gluten/Dairy Free Chex Mix

Since my college finals days, I’ve been a holiday baker. One of my signature dishes is Chex Mix. This year, I set out to make a dairy free/gluten free version so that Jeremiah’s oldest nephew could enjoy it.

The gluten free cereal part was easy since Rice Chex and Corn Chex are both Gluten Free. We also knew we could get a fake butter – Smart Balance is the brand his family uses. It’s pretty much just a mix of different oils.

The gluten free pretzels was the hardest ingredient to find. We ended up going to Sprouts to get a bag of Glutino – gluten free pretzels. I love Sprouts – they make buying foods for people with specific dietary needs easy. It’s where we picked up the fake butter. Plus, we were able to buy about 1 1/2 cups of peanuts from the bulk area for about $.70. This is way cheaper than the grocery store packaged bags. We couldn’t use mixed nut because Jeremiah has a pretty serious allergy to cashews.

Here’s hoping you and your Gluten Free/Dairy Free family & friends enjoy this recipe.

Gluten Free ChexGluten & Dairy Free Chex Mix by Amber Bourek
3 c. Rice Chex
3 c. Corn Chex
3 T. Smart Balance Non-dairy Butter
2 c. Glutino (Gluten Free) Pretzels
1 c. Peanuts
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder

Melt fake butter and stir in seasoning. Mix with dry ingredients. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour – stirring every 15 minutes.

Notes:

  • I used a the Chex seasoning packet. It is the same ingredients as the seasoning listed above.
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Caramel Chex Mix

I got this recipe from my sister. I have no idea who gave it to her but I would say it is one of her signature dishes. She often makes it as part of her Christmas gift for important people in her life. But she has also made it for road trips to Oklahoma and long hotel stays like when my dad’s wife was in the hospital. One of the things I really like about this recipe is how my sister always adds different things to it and it still turns out good. I hope you enjoy this sweet snack.

Caramel Chex Mix by Stephanie Bourek

2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. Light Karo Syrup
1/2 tsp. of baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 boxes of Chex mix

In a sauce pan, melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. In a brown paper grocery bag, put two boxes of cereal. Pour hot caramel over cereal. Close and shake. Microwave for 2 minutes. Remove, shake, and microwave for another two minutes. Repeat one more time. Then, carefully pour onto wax paper covered cookie sheets and let cool. Once cooled, you can add candy pieces to mix.

Other possible cereal and mix in options:

  • Chex or Crispix
  • Golden Grahams
  • Cheerios
  • Fiber One Cereal
  • Pretzels
  • Twizzlers (cut into bit sized pieces)
  • M&Ms
  • Tiny caramel chews
  • Candy Corn
  • Nuts