Gluten Free Chex Mix

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Traditional Chex Mix is a delicious snack mix to make for special occasions like holiday parties and game day festivities. My gluten-free version of this classic recipe is easy to make and tastes just like the original.

Bowl of homemade gluten free Chex mix being served at a party.

If you’re on a gluten-free diet due to celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, you’ll love my homemade Chex mix recipe. It has all of the traditional flavors, but with only gluten free ingredients you can find at the grocery store.

It’s one of my favorite snacks to make, and the whole family loves it too! That’s why I usually make a big batch, and it never lasts long.

Luckily, all it takes is a little effort to make this crunchy snack mix. Give it a try for your next party or for an easy gluten snack any day of the week.

Ingredients

Chex Mix ingredients in white bowls on a wood table.
  • 3 cups of Rice Chex
  • 3 cups of Corn Chex
  • 3 cups of Kix cereal
  • 1½ cups of gluten free pretzels
  • 1½ cups of cashews
  • ½ cup of melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of gluten-free Worcestershire sauce – like Lea & Perrins
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • 2 large rimmed baking sheets

By the Numbers: How to Make Gluten Free Chex Mix

Follow these simple steps to learn how to make a big batch of the best gluten-free Chex Mix recipe.

Step 1: Combine Cereals, Pretzels & Cashews

The first thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 250˚ F. While the oven is pre-heating, add 3 cups of Rice Chex, 3 cups of Corn Chex, 3 cups of Kix cereal, 1½ cups of gluten free pretzels and 1½ cups of cashews to a large mixing bowl. Mix until everything is evenly combined.

Chex mix dry ingredients in large metal mixing bowl.

Step 2: Make Seasoning Sauce

Next, add ½ cup of butter to a sauce pan, and heat over medium until melted. Whisk in 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of celery salt, 1 teaspoons of garlic powder and 2 tablespoons of gluten-free Worcestershire sauce until well combined.

Chex mix butter seasoning sauce being whisked together in saucepa.

Step 3: Season Cereal Mix.

Once it’s well combined, pour the melted butter mixture over the cereal mixture and gently mix until combined, making sure everything is evenly coated.

Seasoning sauce being mixed into dry Chex mix ingredients.

Step 4: Transfer to Baking Sheets

After the cereal mixture is evenly coated, pour it out onto 2 rimmed baking sheets.

Chex mix being spread out on baking sheets to be baked in the oven.

Step 5: Bake Chex Mix

Place the baking sheets in your pre-heated oven, and bake the Chex party mix for about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes so it doesn’t scorch. It should be a nice golden brown color. Once it’s done baking, remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool.

Baked Chex mix cooling after being baked in the oven.

Step 6: Serve Chex Mix

Once it’s cooled, transfer the snack mix to a serving bowl if you want to use it right away or to an airtight container if you want to store it.

Bowl of homemade gluten free Chex mix on a wood table.

Tips for Making Gluten-Free Chex Mix

Answers to all of your questions about making the best gluten free Chex mix, including tips and substitution ideas.

Substitutions and variations

One of my favorite things about making Chex mix is you can customize it to your own taste buds! Here are some substitutions and variations to try, depending on your personal preference:

  • Substitute vegan butter or oil for butter to make it a dairy-free Chex mix recipe
  • Add or substitute other delicious add-ins like gluten free bagel chips, gluten free crackers, gluten free cheese crackers, etc.
  • Use your favorite nut like pecans, peanuts or almonds instead of cashews
  • Add cayenne pepper or tabasco to the seasoning sauce for spicy Chex mix
  • Make Muddy Buddies instead, which are coated in chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar

Air fryer option

You can cook your Chex mix in your air fryer instead of the oven. To do that, cook it at 250˚ F for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Keep in mind that all air fryers cook a bit differently, so watch it closely so it doesn’t burn.

Slow cooker option

You can cook it in a slow cooker as well. Simply combine your ingredients, then pour it into your slow cooker and cook it covered on low for 3 hours, stirring every 30-45 minutes so it cooks evenly.

Storage tips

Be sure to store any leftover snack mix in an airtight container to prevent it from becoming stale. It tastes freshest in the first week, but will last for up to 4 weeks.

You can also freeze your homemade Chex Mix in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 2 months.

More Yummy Gluten Free Snacks

If you want to make an array of gluten free snacks for a party, here are some more recipes:

Close up of bowl of homemade Chex mix to serve at a party.

Gluten Free Chex Mix Recipe

This original Chex mix recipe is an easy to make, delicious salty snack that’s perfect for special occasions.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Recipe Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Kix cereal
  • cups gluten free pretzels
  • cups cashews
  • ½ cup melted butter - or dairy free butter
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free Worcestershire sauce - like Lea & Perrins
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 250˚ F. Add Chex cereals, Kix cereal, GF pretzels and cashews to large bowl and mix until well combined.
    Chex mix dry ingredients in large metal mixing bowl.
  • Add butter to a sauce pan and heat until melted. Whisk in Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, onion powder, celery salt and garlic powder.
    Chex mix butter seasoning sauce being whisked together in saucepa.
  • Pour butter sauce over the dry ingredients and mix until it’s evenly coated.
    Seasoning sauce being mixed into dry Chex mix ingredients.
  • Transfer the mixture to 2 large baking sheets.
    Chex mix being spread out on baking sheets to be baked in the oven.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Once it’s golden brown, remove the pan from the oven and let it to cool to room temperature.
    Baked Chex mix cooling after being baked in the oven.
  • Place in a serving bowl to eat right away or in an airtight container for storage.
    Bowl of homemade gluten free Chex mix on a wood table.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 6mg

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