Game day snacking just got a whole lot tastier! This gluten free chex mix is packed with spicy ranch seasonings and filled with gluten free and nut free goodness. SO GOOD! Each bite has the perfect blend of spice and seasonings that make this snack impossible to have just one handful.
Perfect for your next party that the whole family will love!
Free from: wheat, gluten, dairy (optional), casein (optional), eggs (optional), fish, shellfish, sesame, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, celery, and more
Okay, y’all. I finally get it. Growing up and being allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, we never had a party mix at any party. So I never got to experience it for myself. But after mixing up this batch that is gluten free, peanut free, and tree nut free … I totally know why people love it so much!!! This is going to be a new holiday tradition for us.
This version is different than the original chex mix recipe because it is made with one of my favorite flavor combos: Spicy ranch dressing! That also means that it is free of worchestire sauce, making it fish free, too.
To make this chex mix you will need two different kinds of Chex cereal. Rice Chex and Corn Chex are both gluten free naturally and they will make up the base of this snack food. Then you add in a few extra ingredients of pretzels, pumpkin seeds, and some yummy herbs and spices.
If you aren’t allergic to nuts, I would recommend that you add some salted peanuts or cashews as well to this mix. But for me and my allergies, it’s no nuts allowed!
The key to this party mix is in the ranch seasoning. I took my seasoning blend from my vegan ranch dressing and added that to some melted butter. WOW. This is sooooo good, friends. Now, if you like things a little spicy, you can add the cayenne pepper. But it’s totally optional as it is delicious either way.
Here is the full ingredient list of what you’ll need:
- Rice Chex
- Corn Chex
- Gluten-Free Pretzels (I like Snyder’s)
- Gluten Free Crackers of your choice
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Butter of choice - You can use either dairy or non-dairy butter in this recipe. Both work great!
- Ranch Seasonings: Chives, Dill, Parsley, Onion powder, Garlic powder, Salt, Pepper, and Cayenne (optional)
Making this gluten free chex mix couldn’t be easier!
The full instructions with all the measurements are written in the recipe card below so make sure to check that out! But here is where I will get into the nitty gritty of making this delicious snack.
Begin by melting butter in a heat-safe bowl or microwavable measuring cup. Add all the herbs and spices, making sure to mix well.
In a separate large bowl, add both chex cereals, pretzels, crackers, and pumpkin seeds. Pour the melted butter mixture over this and mix very very well!
Transfer this chex mix to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy clean up. You can also make this in a roasting pan.
Bake at 300F for 15 minutes, give it a good stir, and bake for 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool before enjoying! Serve, or store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.
Are Chex cereals safe for people with celiac disease?
Yes. Out of the nine varieties of Chex, eight are safe. All chex are safe except for wheat chex. They are not certified gluten free but are labeled gluten free. This means that they comply with FDA standards and have less than 20 PPM per serving. Most people who are allergic to wheat or are celiac and avoiding gluten should be okay with this. However, you know your body best and if you feel you need to avoid, that is okay!
Can I make this dairy free?
Yes! Use your favorite vegan butter and make sure that the crackers and pretzels you use are free from dairy and you have a delicious gluten free and dairy free chex mix!
Can I make different amounts?
Of course! To make a smaller amount, you can half this recipe and it's a great snack for movie night for you and your family. Need to make large batch big enough for a huge party? This recipe can easily be doubled!
Can I make this without an oven?
To make in an air fryer: Place chex mix after mixing into your air fryer for 5 minutes at 350F. Enjoy!
To make in a slow cooker: Add the ingredients to the slow cooker. Mix it well. Cook on low for 3 hours, making sure to stir well at each hour. Enjoy!
What are some other delicious add-ins to make this?
If you want, you can add any of the following to make this chex mix personalized for your party!
- Gluten free bagel chips
- Mixed Nuts
- Gluten free cheese crackers
How to Store
Chex mix is best the day that it is made. However, if you do have any leftover snack mix , this will keep in an airtight container for about 3 days after making. No need to store it in the fridge. I don’t recommend freezing this recipe.
To make this dairy free, make sure that you are using your favorite non-dairy butter. My favorite is Earth Balance or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.
Make sure that any gluten free crackers or pretzels that you use are free of other allergens! Snyder’s of Hanover’s Pretzels are gluten free, soy free, dairy free, and egg free, making them my gluten free pretzel of choice!
If not allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, these can be used in place of or in addition to the pumpkin seeds.
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- mixing bowl
- mixing spoon
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Heat proof bowl
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- 3 cups Rice Chex
- 3 cups Corn Chex
- 2 cups Gluten Free Pretzels
- 1 cup Gluten Free Crackers of choice
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- 8 tablespoons butter melted (use dairy free if desired)
- 1 tablespoon chives
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon dill
- 1 teaspoon dried onion
- ⅓ teaspoon garlic powder
- Pinch salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- Preheat the oven to 300F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a heat proof bowl or heat proof measuring cup, melt the butter. Add in chives, parsley, dill, onion, garlic, salt, and cayenne (if using). Mix well.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice chex, corn chex, crackers, pretzels, and pumpkin seeds. Pour the melted herb butter over top. Mix very well making sure to have the herbed butter on each chex.
- Transfer the chex mix to the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes, taking it out to stir after 15 minutes. Chex mix is done when it is golden brown but not burned.
- Let cool and serve!