Delicious sweet and spicy gluten free Chex mix recipe – this flies out of the bowl at parties! Better make a double batch because this snack is a real crowd pleaser!
I love a bowl of Chex mix during the holiday season. There’s something so nostalgic about it – I remember my mom making a big pan of it when I was younger.
Chex mix isn’t always allergy friendly though – the store bought version contains allergens, and the original recipe calls for dairy, peanuts, or mixed nuts. That’s not going to work at our house!
But, I knew I could make Chex mix fit into our allergy friendly lifestyle, and I was right. I mixed up the spices a bit, so this version is savory with a little sweetness from the brown sugar.
This recipe was originally posted in 2014, before we had a tree nut allergy in our family. Now that we have a nut allergy to deal with, we just add more cereal or pretzels.
Cheese crackers or seeds are another good nut free addition. If you want this gluten free Chex mix to be a little spicier, add more cayenne pepper.
This homemade Chex mix is so hard to stop eating! If you can’t handle the temptation of a whole batch, it works well to just make a half batch.
How do you make gluten free Chex mix?
- Mix all of your cereals, crackers, pretzels, and nuts or seeds in a large bowl.
- Melt the vegan buttery spread in the microwave and add the sugar and spices. Stir well.
- Pour over the cereal and other ingredients. Stir well.
- Spread out onto a rimmed baking sheet, and bake at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Is Chex cereal gluten free?
Corn Chex and rice Chex are gluten free. Wheat Chex is NOT gluten free.
Is Chex cereal vegan?
No, Chex cereal made in the United States is not vegan, as the vitamin A and D that it is supplemented with is derived from animal products. There are some “off-brands” of Chex that may be vegan.
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Sweet and Spicy Gluten Free Chex Mix.
- 4 cups corn Chex
- 4 cups rice Chex
- 1 ½ cups cashews You can leave these out and add pumpkin seeds, a different nut, or more cereal.
- 1 ½ cups gluten free pretzels If pretzels don't work for your diet, leave these out and add more cereal.
- ½ cup vegan buttery spread
- 1 ½ Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon paprika
- 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoons cayenne pepper more if desired
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
Pour the Chex, cashews, and pretzels in a very large bowl.
Melt the vegan buttery spread in a microwave safe bowl. Add the spices to the melted spread, and stir.
Pour the mixture over the Chex, nuts, and pretzels, and stir well to coat.
Spread the Chex mix on a cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
If you can't have nuts, feel free to leave them out and substitute more Chex, pumpkin seeds, or even dairy free cheese crackers.
This Chex mix can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
If you can eat dairy, feel free to use regular butter.
NOTE: When I wrote this post in August 2014, Chex cereal was a safe vegan cereal according to my information. Readers have informed me that this may not still be the case. I am sorry for any confusion! Some off brands of chex-like cereal may be safe, you will have to do some checking.
There you go! Chex mix for those of us who are on gluten free/dairy free diets! Yippee!
For more gluten free snacks, try these crunchy oatmeal crackers.