Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix

After making my grandpa’s Christmas snack mix (which I’ll share on Thursday), I realized I had a bunch of Rice Chex left that I needed to use.

Now, I’m not a HUGE cereal eater.  And, when I say that… I mean, I never ever reach for cereal.  But I had a great idea for how to use those chex-leftovers.  What I had in mind was that yummy amazing Chex Mix that always seems to show up this time of year.

BUT… the main ingredient in that tasty mix is BUTTER.  There’s actually 1/2 cup of butter in the recipe that my family makes.  Holy crap… I couldn’t do that to those poor innocent Rice Chex!  So… I came up with this idea to lighten up the snack mix, which if I say so myself came out fabulously!!!

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

What the butter really does is moisten the chex so that it bakes up and crisps up well.  And, it adds that buttery-ness… but let’s not think about that right now.  I needed a liquid to take place of the butter, so I chose this.

 Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

Now, the brand is really irrelevant.  I just used what I had in my fridge, so use something you have… as long as it’s light!  Mixing the dressing with the standard sauce ingredients, the Worcestershire sauce still stands out… and you can taste it in the final product.  You will not miss the butter!  Or the additional 100 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving that comes with it!

Lightened Up Chex Mix

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

5 cups Rice Chex

1 1/2 cups plain Cheerios

2 cups pretzel minis

2 pkg. 100-calorie Cheez Its

1/4 cup light Italian Dressing

4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, reduced sodium

2 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. dry minced onion + more to taste

1/2 tsp. Garlic Gold nuggets

crushed red pepper (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2.  Combine all of your cereal and snack ingredients in a large bowl.

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

3.  In a small bowl, combine salad dressing, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, minced onion, and Garlic Gold.  Use a whisk to mix. Sprinkle in crushed red pepper, if desired.

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Pour liquid mixture over your cereal mixture and stir to coat all ingredients well.  Add an additional sprinkle of the minced onion and garlic gold, if desired.

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Place mixture in a glass 9 x 13 pan.  Note:  I don’t have a 9 x 13 pan right now, so I split the contents between two glass dishes.

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, removing from the pan to cool before serving.

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Holiday Chex Mix | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1 cup serving:

CAL 144; CARB 29g; FAT 2g; PROT 3g; FIB 2g; WW Points Plus: 4

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Comments

  1. Kristine says:

    ohhh, smart idea! now you’ve got me thinking I could do something with a fancy oil and vinegar blend! (I bought a cinnamon pear vinegar recently, and I bet that would be very flavorful and seasonal!)

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