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Holiday Recipe: Kicked-Up Chex Mix

How about a healthier snack mix recipe that will keep them coming back?

Kicked-Up Chex Mix

Kicked-Up Chex Mix

This holiday recipe is lower in fat than the typical Chex mix recipe because it uses egg whites instead of butter or margarine.  While nuts are a heart-healthy fat, they do increase the fat content of the recipe.  If you would like to decrease the fat content, omit the nuts.

This is a great snack food for holiday parties, New Year’s celebrations, or to make and give as gifts.  Try experimenting! Change the nuts — maybe walnuts, pecans, or dry roasted peanuts are more to your liking.  Change the spices.  Add more chili powder or cayenne pepper.  Maybe you like cumin instead.  Your imagination is the limit!

(Changing the type of nut or spices will not significantly alter the nutritional analysis.)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Wheat Chex
  • 2 cups Corn Chex
  • 2 cups Rice Chex
  • 2 cups Cheerios
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 2 egg whites (large), beaten till foamy
  • 8 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp salt

Instructions

In a large bowl, mix the Wheat Chex, Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Cheerios, nuts, and pretzels together. Set aside. In another bowl, beat egg whites till foamy.  Add Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion, chili powder, cayenne, and salt to the beaten egg white. Mix well.

Drizzle egg white mixture over cereal mixture.  Stir while drizzling.  After all egg mixture has been added, stir well.

Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Spread mix on cookie sheet. Try not to stack cereal, but to place in a single layer.

Put cookie sheet in a warm 250 degree oven for 1 to 1.5 hours. Stir every 20 minutes.

When done, the mix will be dry to the touch.   Take mix out of oven and spread on wax paper. Allow to cool. Store in air-tight container.

Makes about 12 cups.

Nutritional Analysis

1 Cup Portion 1 Cup Portion
(Recipe made with 2 cups of almonds) (Recipe made without nuts)
CALORIES 230 112
CARBOHYDRATE (grams) 27 26
FIBER (grams) 5 3
FAT (grams) 12 1
TRANS FAT 0 0
CHOLESTEROL 0 0
PROTEIN (grams) 7 3