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.
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.
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.
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?
- 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
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Mix melted Earth Balance, Worcestershire, Seasoned Salt and Tabasco in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Add 8 cups of whatever cereal, small crackers, nuts and pretzels you have chosen into a large mixing bowl.
- Pour the Earth Balance mixture over the cereal mixture. Stir until all of the cereal is coated.
- 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.