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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Spicy, Salty and Sweet Snack Mix

A good snack mix is hard to come by. There is always just a little too much of something you don't really like.  For me, it's the copious amounts of peanuts in a bag of mixed nuts or the Cheerios in a handful of Bits 'n Bites.  I don't think that one should have to dislike any part of snacking.  Snacking is great, and for me it really helps beat the 3 PM 'slump' on a busy day.  So, I've created a snack mix with all the things that  I enjoy and no peanuts or Cheerios in sight!

Makes about 16 servings (1/2 cup each).

3 1/2 cups Chex or Crispix cereal
3 1/2 cups pretzel sticks
1 1/4 cups almonds, natural
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup sunflower oil or vegetable oil
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
squeeze of lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of onion power & chili flakes
1 tbsp sugar

Preheat oven to 250F.

In a large bowlcombine cereal, pretzels and nuts.  Set aside. 

In a small bowl combine oil through onion powder, and mix to combine.  Drizzle spice mixture over cereal mix, and toss gently until well coated.   Spread evenly on a baking sheet, sprinkle with chili flakes if using and bake for 30 minutes, giving the mixture a stir every 10 minutes. 

Once baked, remove from oven and sprinkle with sugar.  Let cool completely and store in airtight containers.

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