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Gluten-Free Maple Cayenne Chex Party Mix

This Gluten-Free Maple Cayenne Chex Party Mix is so easy to make and perfect for easy snacks for lunchboxes or feeding a large crowd at parties! Sweet and a little spicy, party goers will love this crunchy maple snack mix.
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Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Megan


For the Maple Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter (or regular butter if not dairy-free or vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

For the Snack Mix:

  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 3 cups gluten-free rice chex cereal
  • 2 cup gluten-free pretzels (vegan if need be)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pepitas


  • Preheat oven to 300F.
  • Mix together popcorn, rice chex cereal, gluten-free pretzels, pecans, dried cranberries, and pepitas in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, add maple syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, let cook for an additional 3-4 minutes without stirring. Take off heat and whisk together.
  • Drizzle over the popcorn mixture and stir until coated.
  • Pour out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 300F for 20 minutes stirring halfway through.
  • Let cool and eat.


Serving: 12servings | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 821mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g
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