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5 from 2 votes

Lazy Pumpkin Snack Mix Recipe

Delicious and easy pumpkin pie snack mix, gluten and dairy free options. A crunchy, sweet and lightly salty treat!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: dairy free option, game-day, gluten free option, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chex mix, Crockpot Chex Mix, dairy free snack mix, easy holiday snack, gluten free snack mix, holiday Chex Mix, holiday snack, slow cooker chex mix
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 119kcal

Equipment

  • 6 qt slow cooker (or 3.5 quart casserole crockpot)
  • Mixing Spoon
  • microwave or other method of melting butter
  • small mixing bowl
  • parchment paper (or slow cooker liner)

Ingredients

Mix

  • 2 cups Cinnamon Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups Corn Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups Honey Nut Chex Cereal For nut free, use vanilla Chex or snack sized pretzels
  • 1 cup graham squares cereal for gluten free, substitute with Honey Nut Cheerios or Maple Cheerios
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Coating

  • ½ cup butter for dairy free substitute with a dairy free butter option such as Smart Balance
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • place slow cooker liner or parchment paper into slow cooker (I strongly recommend using one of these for this recipe)
  • add listed amount of all 4 cereals and cranberries
    2 cups Cinnamon Chex Cereal, 2 cups Corn Chex Cereal, 2 cups Honey Nut Chex Cereal, 1 cup dried cranberries, 1 cup graham squares cereal
  • stir to mix
  • in a separate bowl, melt butter ( I use a microwave)
    ½ cup butter
  • add brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla to butter and stir
    ¼ cup brown sugar, 1½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pour butter mixture over cereal mix and stir well to fully coat.
  • cook uncovered on HIGH for 2 hours. Stir mixture every 15 - 20 minutes. This is an important step - with out it, snack mix will burn on the bottom.
  • after 2 hours, remove ceramic pot from slow cooker and allow mixture to cool before serving. If you used a liner or parchment paper, you can remove your mixture from your slow cooker to cool faster. Careully use the sides of the liner or parchment paper as handles to lift the mixture out of the hot slow cooker.
  • Remove a few cups worth of mixture and hide it somewhere for yourself because the rest will go fast!

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg