Crock Pot Chex mix


This month I was looking for an easy snack that we could take on the go, but didn’t want to heat the house and wanted something that didn’t require a lot of hands on time. My little guy loves chex mix. Lately, crazy enough he is going nuts over a new sriracha extreme cereal mix, is that even right that a 2 year old loves sriracha? I blame his father. I chose this crock pot cereal mix and it turned out pretty great. The best part is that it is customizable for your tastes and family.



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When I made mine, I used corn and wheat squares, toasted oat o’s and pretzels. I left out the hot sauce and nuts. You can really use whatever cereals you want, just make sure that the cereals add up to around 7 cups, and around 8 if you leave out the pretzels. You can also put in rye chips, or a cracker in place of the pretzel.

I followed the directions exactly, and here are my additional tips. Use a big crockpot, this makes a lot of mix, plus you want room to stir it without it falling out all over. When adding the cereal, hold back on a little of it, add the sauce, mix and add the last few cups, mixing again. I found that it was really hard to get the sauce that sunk to the bottom to cover all the cereal. A large spoon was great for digging in and under those bottom cereals, and pulling them to the top. Just keep stirring! Stir a little more often than every thrity minutes and watch for burning. My mix was done earlier and it did get a few pieces (mostly the ones I didn’t manage to turn) a little too well done. You will know it is done after there is no wet stuff left and the cereal is dry and might even have a bit of a sheen. After I finished the crock cooking, I laid my mixture out on a big cookie sheet to cool a little more, I then threw it into a ziptop bag. Super easy!

I loved that with this recipe, I am not adding a bunch of additives that I can’t pronounce. Also, I like that this recipe allows a perfect conversion to gluten free cooking, as always check every ingredient. I can add what I want and leave out other things. Also, if you like a bolder flavor, you can add more sauce, add hot sauce, or even add more garlic.

This is a great recipe for a take along summer treat that won’t heat the house. It makes a huge batch, and can easily be divided into snack size bags for portion control and for lunch bags.




Crock Pot Chex Mix

Make it gluten free by adding only GF cereals.

Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: 10 cups

Serving size: 10
Calories per serving: 358

Ingredients:
3 cups bite-size crispy rice cereal
2 cups o-shaped toasted oat cereal
2 cups bite size shredded whole wheat cereal
1 cup pecans or nut of your choice
1 cup thin pretzel stick or small crackers
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1 dash hot pepper sauce optional


Directions:
Combine the cereals, nuts and pretzels in crock-pot. Mix the melted butter with the remaining ingredients and pour over cereal mixture; tossing lightly to coat. DO NOT COVER the crock-pot. Cook on high for 2 hours, stirring well every 30 minutes; turn to low for 2 to 4 hours. Cool completely and store in airtight container.

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Sources:
  •   http://christmas.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-party-mix-3-146786
  •   http://www.skiptomylou.org/2013/01/10/crock-pot-chex-mix/

    Sharon Ng
    Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2012
    Email the author! sharon@dvo.com


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