I could probably live without sugar and sweet desserts, but I definitely COULD NOT give up salty snacks. A movie theater trip without popcorn is hardly worth it. And if I feel the urge to binge on horrible, processed junk food it’s Cheetos or Doritos that call to me. Because I know this about myself I try to keep some healthier, savory options around for snacking and one of my favorites is Chex mix. The store bought kind is full of additives like malt syrup, trisodium phosphate, and “color added” (can you even call that an ingredient?!) so I adapted this homemade Chex mix recipe from Delish.com with some slight changes. I hope you like it too!
4 cups cereal like Chex (I like Nature’s Path Heritage Bites)
1 cup Cheerios
1 cup pretzel sticks
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup cheddar crackers (I like Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies)
2 whole wheat bagels
2 teaspoons seasoning salt
½ teaspoon onion powder + 1 pinch
1 teaspoon garlic powder + 1 pinch
1 pinch dried basil
4 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons butter, melted
⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350°
Make homemade bagel chips:
Cut two whole wheat bagels into ⅛ inch slices. In mixing bowl, toss the bagel slices with ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil. Add a sprinkling of garlic powder, onion powder, and dried basil. Mix well and spread the bagel slices out on a nonstick or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-20 minutes, checking often. The chips will be done when they are golden and crispy. Remove them from the oven to cool and set aside. Lower the oven to 250°.
Meanwhile add all other dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Pour this over the dry ingredients in the large bowl and mix until everything is distributed evenly. Pour into two non-stick or parchment-lined baking sheets, making sure the mix is evenly spread. Bake for 1 hour, mixing every 15 minutes. Remove the mix from the oven and add in the bagel chips. Allow to cool completely before storing in airtight containers.