Snack attack: Cheery Cranberry Orange Chex Mix

It's been one of those you weren't chosen for that thing + your shoe squeaks + an all staff email WITH A TYPO kind of days.

Waah, waaah, etc. etc....okay, let's talk Chex Mix!

My mom made this recipe over Thanksgiving break and I loved it! Normally, there is really only one Chex mix recipe for me, and that is puppy chow (OMG I love that stuff), but I think this is a great treat...especially during a time of year that is saturated with chocolate-y, extra-sugary, super sweet and heavy desserts!

(Okay, I actually NEVER get tired of desserts in any form* but most people, such as my husband, do.)


Cheery Cranberry Orange Chex Mix

5 c Corn Chex
4 c Rice Chex
1 cup sliced almonds
¼ cup (half stick) of butter, melted
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup frozen orange juice concentrate (do not dilute)
½ c dried cranberries

Heat oven to 300 degrees.  Mix cereals and almonds in very large bowl.  Microwave butter, brown sugar and juice concentrate in a 1-cup microwave-safe cup, uncovered on HIGH for 30 seconds; stir until well blended.  Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated.  Pour into large ungreased roasting pan (takes a pretty large pan/roaster or two 9 x 13 pans would work well too).  Bake uncovered 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, stir in cranberries, cool completely about 1 hour.  (If you add cranberries before placing in oven, the mix will stick to bottom of pan, so not fun!).  Store in airtight container or plastic food storage bag

*except cheesecake. Yes, I hate cheesecake. I repeat: I do not eat cheesecake. Most people find this unbelievable. It makes me want to gag. I hope we can still be friends.  

p.s. Got a snack recipe to share? Do tell! 


Sarah said...

oooh so fun! i just got a new almond recipe, seriously addictive...one of the nurses on the last medical brigade brought these down and i begged her for the recipe. SO GOOD!


2 # mixed raw, unsalted nuts (or any combination or single nut of your choice)

3 - 4 Tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 - 5 teaspoons light brown sugar or maple syrup (I used maple syrup)

3 - 4 teaspoons coarse sea salt

4 - 5 tablespoons melted butter

Spread nuts out in single layer on a cookie sheet and toast in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 10 - 12 min. until golden brown, watching carefully as they can burn quickly. Mix remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Toss nuts and stir until well coated. Let nuts cool for several hours before placing them in a container. (I would not do this on a real humid day.)

Rebecca said...

Oooooh. Sounds absolutely delightful! Thanks, friend!

Sara said...

Sarah-thank you friend! I can't wait to give it a whirl! Adam will be super excited since (shockingly) most of my new recipes involve sugar, chocolate and more sugar! haha.

Becca--yeah girl! p.s. Checked out your site the other day. You are such a pro! Seriously proud of you. :)