Homemade Chex Mix Cereal

July 2, 2021

This sweet and salty Chex mix recipe is tantalizing, baked to perfection, and bound to become your new favorite way to enjoy Chex mix! It’s that good.

The ultimate snack, homemade Chex mix has been a family favorite for decades, and it’s easy to see why. It is flavorful, crunchy, low-calorie, and addicting, all traits of a perfect snack. The recipe itself is also pretty simple and while fancier versions exist, you hardly need a fancy Chex mix recipe to have everyone crowded around one bowl to enjoy this tempting treat.

Not to mention, it’s super adaptable and can be kept on the counter for several weeks for some midday (or midnight) snacking. Out of the 50 something Chex mix flavors, the best Chex mix flavors are undoubtedly bold party blend, cheddar, traditional, and honey nut but some old Chex mix flavors are also fan favorites. And while for this Chex mix recipe oven is a must, that isn’t the case for all of them. You can cook your Chex mix in a slow cooker or just choose to not cook it at all.

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Taste Score: %83
Difficulty Medium
Servings 8 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 45 mins
Total 55 mins

Tips

  • Toss the Chex mix with the melted and seasoned butter in two steps to ensure every piece is coated evenly.
  • Bake your mix in the oven for a toastier, crunchier version with bolder flavors.
  • Play around with the seasonings for your desired Chex mix flavor.
  • Stir the Chex mix every 15 minutes to ensure it toasts evenly and doesn’t burn.
  • Use a rubber or wooden spatula when stirring to avoid breaking the cereal.
  • Feel free to mix and match the cereal to suit your tastes as long as it is a total of 9 cups.
  • If you want to enjoy the goodness of a mix but don't have Chex on hand, you can substitute with Cheerios or Crispix. You can also substitute the peanuts with almonds or other nuts.
  • If you’re worried about messing up the proportions when trying variations, stick to this helpful formula: 9 cups cereal + 1 cup nuts + 5 cups add-ins (like pretzels, chips, or crackers).
  • Get your homemade Chex mix perfectly crisp and keep the nuts and cereal from burning by toasting at the lowest possible temperature your oven allows and taking it out as soon as it becomes golden.
  • It can handle a lot of seasoning and becomes bland if you don’t use enough. Always use the full amount for the recipe, even if it looks like a lot.
  • Reduce the fat and calories in this homemade Chex mix recipe by using margarine instead of butter, omitting the nuts, and using fat-free bagel chips.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Divide your oven into thirds using two racks and then heat to 250°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Heat 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a medium, microwave-safe bowl in 10-second intervals, stirring in between until fully melted (50 to 60 seconds total). Alternatively, you can also melt the butter on the stovetop over low heat in a small saucepan.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons seasoned salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon onion powder to the melted butter and whisk well to combine for that classic Chex mix flavor.
  4. Place 2 cups of bagel chips in a large bowl and lightly crush them with your hands into bite-sized pieces. Add 4 1/2 cups Rice Chex, 4 1/2 cups Wheat Chex, 3 cups pretzels, 1 cup peanuts, and lightly toss to combine.
  5. Pour half of the butter mixture over the Chex mixture and gently toss to coat. Pour in the remaining butter mixture and gently toss again, so all the cereal is coated in butter.
  6. Transfer the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets and spread it into an even layer. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes until lightly browned and crisp (45 to 50 minutes). Let the mix cool for at least 10 minutes on the baking sheets before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Chex Mix
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories577
% Daily Value*
Protein 14.2 g28.4%
Total Fat 19.3 g24.7%
Sodium 1200.2 mg52.2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

How To Make A Chex Mix?

Making this homemade Chex mix is really as simple as seasoning the melted butter (you can even use a Chex mix seasoning packet), making the cereal mix, pouring the butter into the mix, tossing, and cooking in an oven or slow cooker.

  • In the oven: To make Chex mix in your oven, just transfer the butter coated mix to the oven and bake for about an hour till light brown and crispy.
  • In the slow cooker: Making Chex mix in a slow cooker takes longer than in an oven or microwave, but the results are phenomenal. To make Chex mix in your slow cooker, cover and cook for about 3 hours, stirring once or twice every hour.

Is Chex Mix Healthy?

Chex mix is pretty much the healthiest snack you can have short of snacking on fruits and vegetables. It is rich in sodium, potassium, fiber, iron, calcium, and antioxidants and has relatively small amounts of sugar and fat.

And although the excess sodium can cause headaches, dehydration, and increased blood pressure if consumed daily, the multiple health benefits make it healthy enough for snacking on every now and then.

Is Chex Mix Vegan?

Most store-bought Chex mix flavors are not vegan, but traditional, ghost pepper, and popped are considered mostly vegan except for some problematic ingredients like sugar, distilled monosaccharides, caramel color, and natural flavors.

To make vegan Chex mix at home, substitute butter and Worcestershire sauce with their vegan counterparts, and use vegan-friendly cereal.

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