What is it about addictive, savory, salty snacks? Although I’m always down for dessert, a bite of something savory and salty is definitely my snack of choice. You know, something with umami, just the right crunch, saltiness, and punch of flavor.
And talking about savory, salty snacks, I was reminiscing with my son about our shared love of Gardettos (something we haven’t eaten in years). We started wondering how we might be able to recreate something similar in a gluten-free way. We quickly realized that a gluten-free cereal like Rice Chex, or some other neutral flavored but crunchy cereal, would totally work here (hello, snack mix!).
This is not your regular, run-of-the-mill snack mix, but a new, super delicious and, dare I say somewhat healthier twist? It only has a fraction of the added fat of traditional snack mixes, and you can totally sub plain popcorn (already popped) for the cereal, or use your favorite unsweetened cereal of choice.
We are totally addicted to this mix at my house, and it’s fun because you can change it around and customize it further to your liking. I’ve made at least a couple dozen test batches (for science y’all), and this is my favorite combination so far. I really love the rosemary in it, but if you’re a rosemary hater, you could omit it too or sub in some fresh thyme. For the pretzels, I usually use the gluten-free pretzels from Trader Joes or Snyders. If you’re not GF, you can use regular ones. And hello, wouldn’t some nuts be yummy in this too, or even Frito’s Corn Chips? Now if I can just find some mini gluten-free melba toasts… Seriously, you all need to get into the kitchen and make this now!
This is an easy to make snack mix, that you will find yourself making on the regular. I know keep GF cereal and GF pretzels in my pantry for whenever the mood strikes.
This is an easy to make snack mix, that you will find yourself making on the regular. I now keep GF cereal and GF pretzels in my pantry for whenever the mood strikes.
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
3/4 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt (or your favorite brand )
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 cup vegan butter
1 tablespoon GF soy sauce
fresh cracked pepper, optional
4 cups GF cereal such as Rice Chex, or popcorn or cereal of choice
2 cups gluten-free pretzels
In a small bowl, mix together the nutritional yeast flakes, rosemary, seasoned salt, granulated onion, and granulated garlic. Set aside.
In a large skillet (preferably non stick), melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the soy sauce and use a heat proof spatula or wooden spoon to give it a quick mix. Add the cereal and pretzels to the skillet, and toss to coat them well with the butter mixture. Sprinkle the nutritional yeast mixture over the cereal, tossing well. Reduce heat to low and cook for several minutes to toast the cereal. Remove to a large bowl, add sprinkle with pepper if using. Let mixture cool and serve. It will continue to crisp up as it cools.