One thing that I really miss from my pre-vegan and gluten-free days is Gardettos. It was so savory delicious, and had these little brown melba toasts mixed in. It was crazy good!

So as I was reminiscing with my son about the Gardettos, I started wondering how I might be able to recreate it. We quickly realized that gluten-free cereal like Rice Chex cereal would totally work here (hello, snack mix!). I was probably one of the few people who didn’t grow up on Chex Party Mix, but at least I am finally finding my way. Although I wouldn’t call this mix healthy per se, it definitely only has a fraction of the added fat than traditional snack mixes. Also 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 use it as a blueprint recipe. I’ve made at least a couple dozen test batches (for science y’all), and this is my favorite combination so far. I really like the rosemary in it, but if you’re a rosemary hater, you could omit it too. For the pretzels I used the gluten-free pretzels from Trader Joes. If you’re not GF, you can use regular ones. I also tried this with fresh garlic, thinking it would take it over the top, but honestly the flavors were lost (like I said dozens of trials with this recipe). 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! 

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Blueprint Recipe: Cheesy, Savory, Crunchy Snack Mix
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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.
Servings
6 cups
Ingredients
Ingredients
Servings
6 cups
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the nutritional yeast flakes, rosemary, seasoned salt, granulated onion, and granulated garlic. Set aside.
  2. 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.

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