When faced with an afternoon snack craving and I’m forced to choose between a sweet or salty snack I almost always go for the salty snack! Add in an ice cold can of Diet Coke and I’m in heaven come 3pm on a work day! This Slow Cooker Chex Mix recipe is a great weekend project to whip up in your kitchen and portion out for the upcoming week ahead for those afternoon snack attacks!
The best part of this recipe is that you can substitute your own favorite snack items in this Chex Mix. If you don’t like pretzels, but prefer bagel chips – throw those in! I’ve seen mixed nuts, sesame sticks, Cheerios, Cheez-It crackers, and even Cheetos in homemade Chex Mix!
I’ve made Chex Mix a few times now, and have never used the slow cooker so when I saw this recipe I was absolutely game to try it. I know most of you are well aware of my love affair with my slow cooker from the months of September through April! After the Chex Mix is finished its 3 hours in the slow cooker you will still need to spread it out on a few baking pans (or even parchment paper spread over your countertops) and let it cool to room temperature. The hardest part…trying not to eat it ALL while it’s cooling – or in my case slapping my husband’s hand away as he attempts to try “just one bite” over and over again!
- 9 cups Chex cereal (I used equal parts corn, rice, and wheat Chex)
- 1 cup Cheez-It crackers
- 1 cups pretzels
- 1 cup Cheerios
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1/3 cup (6 Tablespoons) butter, melted and hot
- 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Add Chex cereal, pretzels, Cheez-It crackers, Cheerios and peanuts to the bowl of a slow cooker.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together butter and seasoned salt until the salt is dissolved. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce until combined.
- Drizzle the sauce evenly over the top of the cereal mixture. Toss for about 1 minute, or until the mixture is evenly combined.
- Cover and slow cook on low for 3 hours, stirring at the 1 hour, 2 hour and 2.5 hour marks so that the mixture does not burn. Then spread the mixture out onto a few baking sheets or parchment paper in an even layer until it cools to room temperature. Serve, or store in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.
- If your slow cooker does not have a tiny hole in it to let air escape, it may collect too much condensation which could make the Chex Mix soggy. I would recommend placing a towel underneath the lid of the slow cooker to collect the condensation.