Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Holiday Vanilla Chex Mix

For the holidays we made several road trips to visit family. For these trip I wanted to make sure the girls had plenty of yummy snacks to keep them from complaining and begging for a non-bathroom stops. The girls helped me pick out two recipes to enjoy. I was not surprised they want the Peppermint Crunch Snack Mix shared yesterday but I was surprised by this choice. Then we went shopping for the ingredients and I learned why. 

When we went to select the M&Ms the girls wanted to make sure they were red and green colored for the season. You can simply change the color of the M&Ms to make them fit with any season.

  • 4 cups Vanilla Chex cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups whole almonds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup M&Ms
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. In a bowl, combine the almonds, cinnamon, oil, and water until there's no liquid on the bottom. Pour the almonds in a single layer onto a non-stick baking tray and roast for 10 minutes or until the cinnamon sugar begins to clump on the almonds. Remove the almonds from the oven and let them cool briefly. In a clean bowl, combine the almonds, Chex cereal, and M&Ms and toss well before serving. Keep in a sealed bag at room temperature when not enjoying.

I want to state that this is not the type of recipe one can simply substitute plain Rice Chex if Vanilla Chex is not sold in your store. I thought since the girls enjoy Rice Chex so much they would be fine with the plain version. I was wrong. They picked out all the candy pieces and daddy ate the almonds. I through the rest in with some fruit and had it for my snack. We will get the real thing when we make this next. 

Spreading almonds.

Messes happen.

Ready to serve! One for sister too.

Enjoy for any holiday.

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