Holiday ‘Party Mix’ snack recipe updated to be gluten-free – still addictive!

Looking for a gluten-free recipe for that hallmark holiday treat known as Chex Mix or Party Mix?

I’ve updated the recipe I received four years ago from my stepdaughter Kathleen who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thanks again Kat!

Not to put you off making this recipe – because I made it this afternoon for my family to enjoy - I have four comments about the end result:

1. It’s really difficult to make this salty, buttery, cereal snack ‘good’ for you! You’re probably still eating genetically modified corn flour and corn starch, in the Honey Nut Rings; and GMO corn starch, conventionally grown sugar and molasses, soy oil and BHT preservative in Rice Chex; and GMO corn starch and potato starch, sugar  and preservatives in the gluten-free pretzels. Remember, just because something is called ’gluten-free’ doesn’t mean it’s good for you!! Oh well, Christmas comes but once a year!

2. The cereal and butter are still going to make you fat if you eat too much of this stuff!! (Consolation comment: ditto above.)

3. The gluten-free version is more expensive than the Cheerios version. (Ditto above)

4. The good news is that this snack is gluten-free and it tastes fantastic! (Why don’t we eat this year round? Because we’d get fat and/or become pre-diabetic from all the simple carbs! That’s why!!) :-) Enjoy it while you can!!

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Old favorite gets a makeover

Gluten-Free Holiday Party Mix

Set Oven to 300 degrees

2 cups Rice Chex

2 cups Honey Nut Rings (Gluten Free Cereal by Glutino)

2 cups gluten free pretzels (by Glutino)

2 cups roasted and salted peanuts

2 cups Organic Corn puffs (optional – by Nature’s Path)

1/2 cup melted butter

1 tsp Celtic sea salt (I thought this mineral-rich salt could count as a healthy nutrient!!)

1/2 tsp garlic powder (this is pretty healthy too!)

1/2 tsp onion powder

Spread Rice Chex and Honey Nut Rings on an ungreased cookie sheet. Warm in oven for 5 minutes. Remove and stir in pretzels, peanuts.

Meanwhile, mix melted butter with salt, garlic and onion powders and pour over cereal mixture. Stir to coat each piece. Heat in oven for 10 minutes, flipping everything once halfway through.

Let cool on paper towel to allow some of the oil to be absorbed in the paper. Tastes best when cooled!


I’m working on a gluten-free shortbread recipe and I’ll publish it next!

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