Is it too late in the season to still be playing with the whole pumpkin spice thing? I feel like it’s just now fall, now that the temps are (hopefully) going to stay below 80 degrees around here. When I’m still wearing shorts, it’s hard to think that Thanksgiving is on the horizon. But now? I’m allowing the idea of planning for Thanksgiving dinner to simmer in my head. And with that, comes the desire for autumn-y things.
Hence, pumpkin spice.
But if you’re pumpkin spiced out, think of this instead as something else. Thanksgiving Chex Mix. Autumn Chex Mix? How about Spiced Chex Mix? Whatever you call it, it’s a great sweet snack to make for friends or family, parties, or just to have around the house. It takes all of about 5 minutes to make, and the result is a crunchy mix of the best autumn nuts and cereal with just enough cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to make it feel like fall.
So whether you have a need for a quick treat to bring for an upcoming party, want to set something out for your Thanksgiving guests to munch on prior to the big meal, or need something to snack on while watching football, this stuff aims to please.
- 6 cups Honey Nut Chex
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup shelled pecans
- ½ cup shelled walnuts
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 egg white, beaten
- Place the cereal, cranberries, pecans, and walnuts in a large microwaveable bowl. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the sugar, pumpkin spice, and salt. Pour the egg white over the cereal mixture and toss to coat. Pour the sugar mixture over the cereal and toss well.
- Microwave for 4-5 minutes, stopping to stir every minute.
- Spread the mixture out onto a parchment or foil-lined baking sheet and allow to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a week, although I doubt it will last that long.