Gluten-Free Chex Mix

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Make a batch of delicious gluten-free chex mix for a special treat. It has the perfect combination of crunchy gluten-free cereal pieces and savory seasonings for an irresistible snack that the whole family will love. If you've always loved classic chex mix and have been missing it since being on a gluten-free diet, this is the recipe for you! It's so delicious!
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This gluten-free chex mix is always a crowd pleaser and it’s easy to see why! 

This snack mix is highly versatile, making it a great snack for any occasion. You can customize the recipe with different seasonings and ingredients to create a unique flavor experience.

The addition of nuts or gluten-free pretzels gives it added crunch, while spices add an extra layer of flavor. It’s also easy to make in large batches for parties or gatherings, and can last up to two weeks when stored in an airtight container. 

Whether you need a tasty appetizer for your next party, a snack for family movie night or are just looking for a good grab-and-go snack during the week, this gluten free chex mix is a great recipe! 

You’ll love this recipe because:

  • It’s easy to make. All you need to do is combine the ingredients in a bowl to mix it together and then bake in the oven. You won’t believe how tasty it is with minimal ingredients and preparation. 
  • It’s versatile. Chex mix is an incredibly simple yet tasty treat with almost endless possibilities for customization. Don’t have gluten-free pretzels on hand? Use your favorite gluten-free crackers. Love herbs and spices? Add some rosemary or dill. Dairy-free? Use a vegan butter and omit the gluten-free cheese crackers. Once you have the method down, it’s easy to change this recipe to adapt to your personal preference.
  • It’s gluten-free. Many of the components of classic chex mix contain gluten-containing ingredients, like wheat chex cereal, pretzels, cheerios cereal, rye bread crackers, breadsticks, and more. However, this recipe has been formulated to be gluten-free! Follow my tips and tricks for which brands of snacks to use in this recipe or use your own favorite gluten-free ingredients. 

Ingredients

An overhead view of ingredients in small bowls to make gluten-free chex mix at home including corn chex, rice chex, gluten-free pretzels, gluten-free cheese crackers, cashews, peanuts, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and Italian seasoning with text overlays over each ingredient.

Ingredient Notes

  • Corn chex and rice chex cereal – Name brand corn chex and rice chex are naturally gluten-free. Be aware that wheat chex are obviously not gluten-free. Always check the ingredients on the box to ensure you’re getting the right one. I like to use a combination of corn and rice chex for a combination of flavors. 
  • Gluten-free pretzels – I used Snyders Gluten-Free Pretzels for this recipe, but there are so many brands of gluten-free pretzels on the market now that you can use your favorite. You can find several in the gluten-free section of your local grocery store. 
  • Gluten-free cheese crackers – I love a little cheese in my chex mix so I used Simple Mills cheese crackers. They’re certified gluten-free and made from almond flour. You can use your favorite gluten-free cheese crackers in this recipe or use just your favorite gluten-free crackers. The Simple Mills rosemary crackers would also be fantastic in this recipe. 
  • Roasted peanuts and roasted cashews – I love to use a combination of nuts for this recipe. Be sure that you check the labels of the nuts that you purchase. While nuts should be naturally gluten-free, many are processed on lines or equipment that also process wheat and have “may contain wheat” statements. If that’s important to you make sure you purchase nuts that are not processed on the same lines as wheat. 
  • Unsalted butter – The base of the seasoning mixture is unsalted butter. I prefer unsalted butter to salted butter because you can add as much salt as you like to the mixture. Different salted butter brands can vary in the salt content they contain. 
  • Worcestershire sauce – Worcestershire sauce is what gives the chex mix its depth of flavor. Its unique flavor profile comes from a combination of ingredients like anchovies, molasses, onions, garlic, tamarind, and spices such as black pepper and nutmeg. Some worcestershire sauces use soy sauce and/or barley malt vinegar, so be sure to find a gluten-free worcestershire sauce. If you’re vegan, substitute the worcestershire sauce with tamari instead, as worcestershire sauce often contains anchovies or fish sauce. 
  • Italian seasoning blend – This is what gives our chex mix some additional flavor! Italian seasoning blend is a blend you can buy at your local grocery store. It typically contains a mixture of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram. 

While this gluten-free chex mix recipe uses a combination of Italian seasonings, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt, you can use your favorite spices to suit your tastes. I recommend you try my blend the first time you make this and then experiment and get creative from there. 

Step-by-Step instructions

This gluten-free chex mix recipe is so delicious and easy to make with just a few simple swaps. The below photos are meant to help you see the recipe at various stages so you can make this party mix perfectly every time.

For the ingredient list with measurements, full instructions, printable recipe, and additional notes, please scroll down to the recipe card.

A glass mixing bowl with gluten-free pretzels, rice chex cereal, corn chex cereal, gluten-free cheese crackers, cashews and peanuts in it.
Place the corn chex, rice chex, gluten-free pretzels, gluten-free cheese crackers, cashews, and peanuts in a large bowl. Mix until combined. Set aside.
A glass mixing bowl with melted butter in it.
In a separate bowl, add the unsalted butter. Heat in a saucepan on the stove-top or in the microwave in 30-second increments until melted.
A glass bowl with a melted butter and spice mixture that is being whisked.
Add the garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt and gluten-free worcestershire sauce to the melted butter. Whisk until combined.
A bowl of melted butter and spice mixture being drizzled over gluten-free chex mix in a glass bowl.
Drizzle the melted butter mixture over the snack mix. Toss until all of the dry ingredients are covered in the wet ingredients.
A white sheet pan with gluten-free chex mix on it after baking in the oven.
Place the snack mix in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 45 minutes, mixing every 15 minutes, until the chex mix is golden.
A large serving bowl with gluten-free chex mix in it with appetizer plates filled with snack mix to the side and a serving spoon.
Let cool completely before serving. Enjoy!

Recipe FAQs

Is chex mix gluten-free?

Traditional chex mix is NOT gluten-free as it contains wheat chex cereal, pretzels, cheese crackers (like Cheez-its), and other glutenous snacks. This recipe has been formulated to be gluten-free using gluten-free products.

Which Chex cereals are gluten-free?

Chex currency makes 9 different varieties of Chex cereal, 8 of which are gluten-free. The only Chex cereal that is not gluten-free is the wheat chex variety. 

Is worcestershire sauce gluten-free?

Worcestershire sauce is one of those products that are sometimes gluten-free. Sometimes, worcestershire will contain barley malt vinegar which is not gluten-free, as barley is gluten. Also, you’ll sometimes find soy sauce in worcestershire, which has wheat in it. Be sure to look for a worcestershire sauce that is gluten-free. 

hints & tips

  • Let it cool before eating. The key to this crunchy chex mix is to bake it in the oven until golden and then let it cool before serving. The chex mix will firm up as it cools. 
  • Make it spicy! I love the spice combination in my recipe — Italian seasoning blend, garlic powder, onion powder and salt – but you can change it up with your favorite herbs and spices. If you like it spicy, try adding in some cayenne pepper or even a tablespoon of sriracha to the butter mixture. 
  • This recipe can easily be made dairy-free and vegan by substituting the butter for a vegan buttery spread and omitting the gluten-free cheese crackers. Just be sure the gluten-free pretzels you choose are also dairy-free or vegan. Also, if you’re vegan, use a vegan worcestershire sauce (as most brands have anchovies in it) or substitute it by using tamari instead. 
  • Add your favorite gluten-free mix-ins to make this gluten-free chex mix your own! Popcorn, Cheetos, almonds, pistachios, and Fritos, are all great options! Fresh herbs after roasting, like fresh rosemary, are always a welcome addition, too. 

Storage instructions

You can store leftover gluten-free chex mix in an airtight container or ziploc bag at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Make sure the container stays sealed so that your chex mix does not get stale. 

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Gluten-Free Chex Mix

Make a batch of delicious gluten-free chex mix for a special treat. It has the perfect combination of crunchy gluten-free cereal pieces and savory seasonings for an irresistible snack that the whole family will love. If you've always loved classic chex mix and have been missing it since being on a gluten-free diet, this is the recipe for you! It's so delicious!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 21 servings
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Megan

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten-free corn Chex cereal (90g)
  • 3 cups gluten-free rice Chex cereal (90g)
  • 3 cups gluten-free pretzel twists (96g)
  • 2 cups gluten-free cheese crackers (100g)
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts (salted (120g))
  • 1 cup roasted cashews (salted (120g))
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter (88g)
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce (gluten-free (30g))
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the gluten-free corn Chex cereal, gluten-free rice Chex cereal, gluten-free pretzel twists, gluten-free cheese crackers, roasted peanuts, and roasted cashews. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave or in a small pot on the stove-top over low heat.
  • Once melted, add the worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning blend, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt until combined.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the chex mix and carefully stir until the cereal and crackers are completely covered.
  • Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
  • Bake at 250F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to make sure that the chex mix does not burn.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely before serving.

Notes

  • If you have celiac disease or are on a gluten-free diet, always be sure to double check that the ingredients that you are using are gluten-free. There are many products in this recipe that have gluten-full counterparts so you want to be sure you are using the correct products. 
  • If you are dairy-free, substitute the butter for a vegan butter of your choice and either omit the cheese crackers or use a gluten-free cracker that is also dairy-free. I like the Simple Mills Rosemary crackers. Double check that the gluten-free pretzels that you choose are dairy-free as well. If you are vegan, use a vegan worcestershire sauce or substitute with tamari instead. 
  • The nutrition calculations on this recipe are meant to be used as a guide. This gluten-free chex mix recipe makes approximately 14 cups total of delicious snack mix. The nutritional information is based on 2/3 cups being a serving for a total of 21 servings total. 

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 963mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 5mg
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