Munchie Mixes

In Appetizers and Snacks, Recipes by the dirty hippie and the bohemian girl2 Comments

The summer car trip. Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains, grandma’s house or a theme park, you must always face the inevitable travel-munchies. You know, you’re driving along but don’t want to stop and deal with the reality of gas station food. Nevermind if you are trying to find something vegan or gluten free.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Try one of these savory snack mixes. Both are flavorful riffs on old-school Chex mix, which everyone loved in childhood. They’re each simple to adapt to gluten-free, and many of the dry ingredients can even be found in bulk bins at natural food stores. As a bonus, kids can help mix up the dry ingredients and spread the mix on baking sheets.

Not planning to travel? These are also super for parties and family reunions, or for munching by the pool.

A few ingredients notes — we had an easy time finding all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for this at our local grocery store. If you haven’t heard of nutritional yeast, it’s a vegan stand-by and tastes cheesy. If you can’t find it, feel free to omit. If you substitute dry ingredients (say you love bagel chips or potato sticks and add those instead of crackers), the important thing is to maintain the dry to wet ratio. That way the mix will bake perfectly and be ready for your car trip! If you have nut allergies, you can swap sunflower seeds for the peanuts, too! For the greenest packaging, try reusable containers or compostable snack bags.

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Mexicali Munchie Mix

4 cups corn square cereal (like Chex)

4 cups rice square cereal (like Chex)

4 cups popped popcorn, plain

2 cups pretzels (we used Snyder’s Gluten-Free Sticks)

1 cup mini crackers (we used Sesmark rice crackers)

2 cups corn tortilla strips

1 cup pepitas

1 cup Earth Balance buttery spread or canola oil

1/2 cup enchilada sauce (we used Old El Paso)

2 packets taco seasoning (we used Ol El Paso)

3 Tbl. nuturitional yeast (optional)

dash hot sauce (optional)

Preheat oven to 250.

In a large bowl, combine corn cereal, rice cereal, popped popcorn, pretzels, mini crackers, tortilla strips and pepitas. Mix well.

Over low heat, melt Earth Balance. When Earth Balance is fluid but not bubbly, stir in enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, nutritional yeast and hot sauce.

Pour sauce mixture over the dry ingredients and toss gently. Be sure everything is evenly coated.

Spread onto one or two large baking sheets and bake at 250 for an hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

Allow to cool and pack into bags or containers to travel.

 

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BBQ  “Bacon” Munchie Mix

4 cups corn square cereal (like Chex)

4 cups rice square cereal (like Chex)

4 cups popped popcorn, plain

2 cups pretzels  (we used Snyder’s Gluten-Free Sticks)

1 cup mini crackers (we used Sesmark rice crackers)

1 cup peanuts

2 cups croutons (for gluten-free, use Ener-G brand)

2 cups toasted corn snacks (we used original Corn Nuts)

1 cup vegan “bacon” bits (we used Bacos; Bac-Uns, Pig Out and Bac’N Pieces are also vegan)

1 cup Earth Balance buttery spread or canola oil

1 cup vegan BBQ sauce

1 Tbl. onion powder

1 Tlb. garlic powder

1 tsp. smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 250.

In a large bowl, combine corn cereal, rice cereal, popped popcorn, pretzels, mini crackers, peanuts, croutons, toasted corn snacks and vegan “bacon” bits. Mix well.

Over low heat, melt Earth Balance. When Earth Balance is fluid but not bubbly, stir in BBQ sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and smoked paprika.

Pour BBQ sauce mixture over the dry ingredients and toss gently. Be sure everything is evenly coated.

Spread onto one or two large baking sheets and bake at 250 for an hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

Allow to cool and pack into bags or containers to travel.

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  1. Perfect for the kids! Love the containers featured in the photos too!

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