Vegan Chex Mix Methodology

One of my favorite things about high school was the access to vending machines.  My mom fed us healthy food at home and packed our lunch every day.  When I arrived at high school and realized I had access to vending machines anytime I was hungry I was in heaven. I loved to buy a Diet Coke and Chex Mix for my morning snack. In retrospect I can’t imagine why I was so damn tired by lunch, but hey I didn’t know any better. Now that I do know better I like to recreate healthier versions of my old favorites.  I came up with a basic Vegan Chex Mix recipe that I like to use with whatever cereal, snacks or nuts I have on hand.

Vegan Chex Mix Bowl

In this particular version I used pretzels and the oyster crackers from Trader Joe’s.  Trey loves these oyster crackers, but only if I add flavorings.  I started this trend by making the pickle oyster crackers from the now defunct Peas and Thank You blog. (I’m still so sad that blog is no longer around!) I added the pretzels and oyster crackers to my vegan Chex Mix blend and then baked them in the oven for 30 minutes.  They turned out delicious, and because I did not use any nuts Trey could take them to school as a snack.

Vegan Chex Mix Ingredients

The options for mixins are pretty limitless.  I have added Cheerio type cereal, Chex type cereal, peanuts and cashews successfully.  This is also a great recipe to let the kids help contribute.  Trey loves to pick out what will be in the mix and then stir everything together.

Vegan Chex Mix

I do add Tabasco in my recipe, but if you or your children are sensitive to spice just leave it out.  I also use a Seasoned Salt from Real Salt.  I used to love Lawry’s seasoned salt and I find this version from Real Salt tastes similar.  If you would rather not use a seasoned salt just add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt instead.

What were your favorite snacks growing up?  Have you recreated them as an adult?

Vegan Chex Mix
 
An easy methodology for making your own vegan Chex Mix. Add whatever cereal, crackers, nuts and pretzels you like and enjoy.
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Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons melted Earth Balance
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt (See Note)
  • 3 dashes Tabasco, optional
  • 8 cups of Cereal, Small Crackers, Nuts and/or Pretzels
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix melted Earth Balance, Worcestershire, Seasoned Salt and Tabasco in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add 8 cups of whatever cereal, small crackers, nuts and pretzels you have chosen into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the Earth Balance mixture over the cereal mixture. Stir until all of the cereal is coated.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour cereal mix on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes. Let mixture cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Notes
I use Real Salt brand seasoned salt. If you don't have seasoned salt add ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, and ½ teaspoon salt instead.

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Comments

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi Michelle – it is shocking how much “stuff” is in Chex Mix! Hope you like this version.

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