Mocha Bliss Balls

Mocha Bliss Balls

I had a very good and very bad day awhile ago.  I don’t want to get into specifics, but it left me feeling very off.  While when I was a kid I probably would have simply fallen asleep, now I knew this wasn’t going to happen.

I still sleep well most of the time (knock on wood), but when things get on my mind, I am out too late, or consume caffeine or alcohol too late, sleep just doesn’t want to happen.

Mocha Bliss Balls

And I need my sleep.  I need it every night.  Seven or eight hours.  Or you don’t want to be around me.  Really.  Trust me.  Ask Mom.  I need sleep.  On this night in particular, I needed some to reset my mind and body, to give me some peace.

I tossed and turned for a few hours, before giving up and turning on the TV.  I finished Storks which I liked, particularly given the circumstances.  And then I headed to Netflix and Gilmore Girls.

I never watched Gilmore Girls when it originally aired and Mom and I just recently started it and are not quite half way through season 1.

Mocha Bliss Balls

I really like Gilmore Girls.  It’s a good show with relatable characters with normal problems.  It’s both a break from the high tension shows so common these days and a bit boring because of the expectations those shows have created.

I turned it on because I thought it would help me go to sleep.

I promise.  I really like it.

And it did make me go to sleep.

I’ve watched episodes since and haven’t nodded off.  But right then, it was what I needed and solved my problem.

Mocha Bliss Balls

Forget Ambien, I’ll take Gilmore Girls.

And in the morning, I’ll chow down on some of these Mocha Bliss Balls for a healthy jolt of energy and nutrition.  They are easy, and dare I say fun, to make, gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, and totally addictive with the chew of the dates and the crunch of the chia seeds.  I even think Lorelai and Rory would like them 🙂

Mocha Bliss Balls

Ingredients

½ cup dates, packed
½ cup hot coffee
¾ cup almond meal
¼ cup coconut flour
4 tablespoons carob or cocoa powder
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
Additional hemp and chia seeds and carob or cocoa powder for rolling

Instructions

  1. Soak the dates in the hot coffee.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the almond meal, coconut flour, carob or cocoa powder, hemp and chia seeds, and ground turmeric.
  3. Mash up the dates with your hands and place them into the bowl with the dry ingredients, squeezing out most of the excess liquid. Add the coconut oil and mix with a spoon, or your hands – they are really the best tool. Until a sticky paste forms. If it is not quite coming together, add some of the date soaking liquid. If you don’t use it all, drink it. It’s delicious!
  4. Form the mixture into about golf ball sized balls and roll in your choice of topping. Balls may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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Baklava Granola Bars

Baklava Granola Bars

Over the past year or so I have gotten really into coffee.  Years ago as a tween, I loved it.  But the drinks I loved were probably less coffee and more milk, sugar, and syrupy flavorings.  Should I have been drinking them as a ten or twelve year old?  Maybe not, but I liked them and they made me happy, so who was I really hurting?

I stopped drinking coffee in high school and didn’t pick it back up until a couple years ago when I did some work for an iced coffee brand and fell in love.  Now the coffee concoctions I drink are more coffee and less all the bad stuff.

Baklava Granola Bars

But here’s the thing.  Coffee makes me kind of crazy.

I love it.  Seriously love it.  I had nitro cold brew last week and it was pretty much life changing.  So smooth and almost creamy without any milk or cream or sugar.  It was a revelation.

Baklava Granola Bars

And at first, I felt nothing, just enjoying my cold coffee on a beautiful day.  And then as time wore on, the energy and jitters began.  It was like I couldn’t stop moving and would never need sleep again.

This has been happening to me, and it makes me try to walk the fine line between loving and enjoying coffee and making sure I don’t bounce off the walls or lie awake all night long.

Baklava Granola Bars

I did sleep that night and felt refreshed the next day, so my addiction to coffee will continue, and I suppose I should be glad I get a fun boost of energy so I can make great recipes like these Baklava Granola Bars.

These are gluten free breakfast or snack time treats are super easy to make, no bake, and full of that awesome baklava flavor we all love.  I used a honey and nut mixture, but if you don’t have something like that, just use a mix of nuts and a bunch of honey and you will be good to go!  I think these go perfectly with a cup of coffee!

Baklava Granola Bars

Baklava Granola Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

2 ½ cups quick cooking oats (gluten free if necessary)
1 ½ cups Honey Nut Cheerios
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
¾ cups honey and nut mixture or ¼ cup honey and ½ cup chopped nuts
¼ cup plain honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper leaving overhang for easy removal later.
  2. Place peanut butter and honey and nut mixture, as well as additional honey in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for an additional minute until bubbling. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Add the oats and Cheerios and stir until a uniform mixture is formed. Pour into the prepared pan and press firmly into the pan. Cool completely (you can stick the pan in the refrigerator to expedite this process. Cut into bars and serve.
  4. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag, for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour.

Notes

Additional cooling time is necessary

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Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

I’m not much of a lunch person.  Bring on breakfast and dinner, but as for snack and lunch, I’d rather pass.

However, I typically need a little something midday to keep me going and power me through workouts, writing, baking, and blogging.  It’s just, I’m not sitting down to a giant salad with chicken and quinoa without feeling like I ate a house and wanting to skip dinner.

Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

Before you say how unhealthy this is, fasting is actually very good for your body.  There’s all this science behind it on how it helps give your system a break and reset you.  Sounds good to me.

I typically only fast all the way from breakfast to dinner a couple days a week, sometimes with a coffee in the middle because coffee is my new thing.

On the days I don’t, I reach for a healthy, satisfying “lunch.”  Usually fruit, vegetables, or a Larabar.  Just enough to keep me going until dinner, my favorite meal.

Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

One of my favorite lunches is these Frozen Paleo Banana Bites.  They are easy to make, full of great nutrition, and super satisfying.  Kind of like eating dessert without … you know … eating dessert.

With bananas full of potassium and resistant starch, coconut oil with healthy fats, and powerhouse toppings, these vegan, gluten free, Whole30 bites are sure to become your go to snack, lunch, or dessert.

The snap of the coating is so satisfying and reminiscent of a candy bar.  The toppings add crunch and even Mom admitted the creamy banana was pretty awesome.  With these for lunch, I am more than ready to tackle everything life throws my way.

Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

Paleo Frozen Banana Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

2 bananas, cut into 1 inch slices and frozen
¼ cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons carob or cocoa powder
Toppings like chia seeds, hemp seeds, and nuts

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave until liquified. Stir in the carob or cocoa powder. Dip a banana slice and dip it immediately into the toppings of your choice. Place on a plate to set. Repeat until all the bananas are dipped.
  2. Serve immediately or store in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

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Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Since I was a little kid eating scrambled eggs with cheese for dinner, I have loved traditional breakfast foods at not so traditional times.

Really, is there anything better than taking say Eggo Homestyle Waffles and Buttermilk Pancakes and making avocado toast?  I didn’t think so.

Getting ready to make avocado toast

Eggo Pancakes and Waffles now have a new formulation that is free from artificials with colors and flavors coming from natural sources, which I love because real food is awesome.  And the last week of February check out the Target Circular when Eggo products will be $1.99!  As if we needed another reason to shop at Target 🙂

Avocado Toast Toppings

Avocado Pancake

Adding the toppings

Once you stock up on Eggo products, feel free to let your creativity shine through, making different, fun things for breakfast, lunch, snack time, and even dinner.

You’ll definitely want to start with my Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast.  As if avocado toast couldn’t get any better, I went and put it on Eggo Waffles and Pancakes.  While this is an awesome snack, it can also make a fun dinner that is ready in a flash.

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

I topped my Waffles and Pancakes with avocado (of course), radish, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, dried cherries, and pecans.  I loved this combination because it’s sweet and savory with lots of texture.  But the point of this dish is to use up all those leftover fruits and vegetables hanging out in the refrigerator and some of the nuts and dried fruit lingering in the pantry.

shopping at Target

Play around with flavor and texture pairings until you find the perfect Eggo avocado toast for you.  The best thing about this dish is that it can totally suit your tastes.  Oh, and that it takes practically no time to prepare and takes Eggo Waffles and Pancakes to the next level.  Plus, this is fancy enough to serve for a party.  Talk about a conversation starter!

Be sure to pick up some Eggo products and have some fun in the kitchen!

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

2 Eggo Homestyle Waffles
2 Eggo Buttermilk Pancakes
2 large Haas avocadoes, sliced
2 radishes, sliced
4 strawberries, sliced
4 Brussels sprouts, very thinly sliced
¼ cup dried tart cherries
¼ cup pecans, chopped
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the waffles and pancakes according to package instructions. Once hot, top with avocado slices, covering almost the entire pancake or waffle. Arrange radish, strawberry, and Brussels sprout slices on top.
  2. Sprinkle with cherries and pecans, and season with black pepper. Serve immediately.
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Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

The only thing that makes winter bearable are all the award shows that are on.  The Golden Globes, People’s Choice, and Screen Actors Guild shows are all past us, but we still have the Grammys and Oscars to look forward to!

The Grammys are actually this weekend. I never miss the show and have so many fond memories of the great performances.  It’s like watching the best concert of the year right from my home.  And with James Cordon hosting this year, I know it’s going to be better than ever.  I mean have you guys seen Carpool Karaoke?  OMG!  It’s the best.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

I have my favorites – Adele! Mike Posner! Lucas Graham! – that I will be cheering for all night long.  Luckily I have this handy ballot from SkinnyPop so I can keep track of all the awards I get right and many I will no doubt get wrong too.  Save the ballot and print it to play along while you watch the Grammys.

SkinnyPop Grammys Printable

I am not a huge snack person, but when I watch award shows and am in amped up party mode, seriously, award shows do something crazy to me, I enjoy a couple healthy snacks that I can feel good about eating and won’t leave me feeling stuffed and unable to sleep later.  I leave that to the songs stuck in my head.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Snacks that are easy to prepare are paramount too.  I put together a vibrant spread full of colors and flavors that tons of nutrition.  I always have tons of fruit on hand, so it plays a prime role in my spread along with SkinnyPop Naturally Sweet popcorn which is always in my pantry, some crunchy walnuts and chewy, tart dried cherries.  Dried fruit is so underrated.

Of course you can mix up your snack platter with whatever fruit, nuts, and dried fruit you have on hand.  Whatever you choose, get excited for the Grammys with this fun ballot and your tasty, healthy snacks!

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Under the Sea Snack Mix #SundaySupper

Under the Sea Snack Mix

As a rule, I don’t like sitcoms.  Sure some of the half hour, family friendly shows of my youth were great.  Home improvement.  Friends.  Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  Those shows were my jam and I sometimes still watch them unabashedly.

But the typical fare that airs on the networks these days trying to pass as comedy when they are nothing more than a laugh track and some unfunny jokes?  Those aren’t for me.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

That is until I turned on The Good Place.  I wanted to try it because fantasy elements fascinate me and often find their way into my writing.  Basically I wanted to try it because I wish I had written it.  Plus, who doesn’t love Kristen Bell?

So I tried it and I laughed.  Out loud.  This doesn’t happen.  Ever.  And I kept laughing.  I look forward to this show every week because it’s fresh, funny, and doesn’t rely on those sitcom conventions like a laugh track.  I can decide when to laugh for myself.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

While the basic premise may be a bad girl who gets into the good place, the characters are all likeable and the message of the show is stellar.  Life is about doing the best we can when we can.  It’s never too late to change who we are into who we want to be.

And while I watch my new favorite show and the only sitcom on my TiVo, I need a snack.  Enter Under the Sea Snack Mix.  This versatile, sweet and salty, totally addictive treat is perfect for a party or just chilling in front of the TV.  Plus, it will technically last a good week … not that I think it will hang around that long.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

We’re all about using up Halloween candy this Sunday Supper, so I added Reese’s Pieces, some white peanut butter cups (which have no chocolate – hooray!), and some white chocolate candy corn candy bars (again no actual chocolate), but add whatever it is you have on hand.  I think candy corn or any chocolate candy bar would be great.

Then I took a bag of Goldfish to add that salty vibe and a box of Finding Dory cereal and added them to the party.  They are the real stars here.  I had never made a Puppy Chow style mix with a cereal with marshmallows but it certainly won’t be my last.  Those marshmallows stay a little crunchy and totally bring the flavor.

I don’t know about you, but I think we could all use some more laughter and snack mix in our lives.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

1 box Finding Dory cereal
1 bag Cheddar Goldfish
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white chocolate chips
¾ cup Reese’s Pieces
1 ½ cups assorted candy
3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Place peanut butter and white chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until all the chips are fully melted. Add the cereal and Goldfish and stir until fully coated. Add the candy, Reese’s Pieces, and confectioners’ sugar. Stir until fully coated.
  2. Allow snack mix to set for about 30 minutes. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!  Thanks to T.R. Crumbly from Gluten Free Crumbly for hosting!

BARS

BROWNIES

CAKES

CONFECTIONS

COOKIES

SNACKS

SUPPER

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

No Bake Almond Energy Bites #SundaySupper

No bake Almond Energy Bites

The kitchen had been my office for ten years, but recently I moved into the den, much more appropriate for an office.  It hasn’t been an easy transition.  It gets dark in there when the sun isn’t out and I have forgotten to turn the TV off more than once (oops!), but in general I like it.

It’s my own little space, off the beaten trail, where I can listen to mostly depressing music (nothing like Coldplay and Adele to perk you up), The West Wing Weekly podcast (I’ve been obsessed with The West Wing since I was 12.  If you don’t like it, we can’t be friends 😉 ), and work.

No Bake Almond Energy Bites

I have everything set up and it’s a productive environment.  Plus, when it’s too dark or hot, or I need some human interaction, I just pick up my laptop and move back to the kitchen.

I think the den is going to be my favorite as we enter football season.  I don’t mind having it on in the background while I work, but if I don’t want to watch it, I don’t have to.  Which is nice because I’m just not feeling it this season.

No Bake Almond Energy Bites

But for those of you who are, you need some game worthy snacks.  But snacks around my house are almost always healthy.  It’s nice to have an afternoon pick me up that is full of nutritious ingredients, easy to make, and totally addictively delicious.  Like these No Bake Almond Energy Bites.

They are gluten free and a breeze to make.  Plus, I bet you can’t eat just one of the gooey bites with crunchy walnuts and carob or chocolate chips!  And you don’t even have to feel bad about eating more than one with oat and almond flours and almond butter as the base.

While these aren’t too sweet, they have a nice natural sweetness about them that can make any loss (I’m looking at you Detroit Lions) just a bit sweeter.

No Bake Almond Energy Bites

No Bake Almond Energy Bites #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: About 16 bites

Ingredients

2 cups oat flour (gluten free, if necessary)

1 cup almond meal

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2/3 cup creamy almond butter (Justin’s Maple is my favorite)

2/3 cup honey

½ cup walnuts, chopped

½ cup carob or dark chocolate chips

Instructions

Place the almond butter and honey in large microwave safe bowl. Microwave 1 minute, stir and then microwave an additional minute so the mixture is bubbling.

Add the oat flour, almond meal, and cinnamon to the honey mixture and stir until fully combined. Stir in the walnuts and chips. The chips will melt some, that’s okay.

Grab golf ball sized amounts of the mixture and form into a ball. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once the mixture is all used, refrigerate bites until firm, about 30 minutes.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds. Melting marshmallows on top is never a bad idea either.

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Appetizers

Main Dishes

Side Dishes

Desserts

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5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Yoplait® yogurt has been a staple in my house since before I can remember. Mom says it was a food she introduced into my diet early on because she knew it was an easy to eat, tasty, good for me food. And it’s a good thing she did, because I’ve been hooked on it ever since.

Their original varieties are my favorite. My refrigerator is always stocked with tons of those red lidded containers that I pick up at Walmart. They make a great breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert. Personally I went through a phase when I ate a different flavor of Yoplait® with pretzels every day for breakfast.

Shopping at Walmart

Now my tastes have matured a bit, although that is a pretty good combo, and I’m always coming up with new and exciting ways to jazz up my yogurt, and I have five awesome ideas for you to 1-Up Your Cup.

What does that mean? Well, it’s adding toppings and mix ins to yogurt to enhance the flavor and make it more meal worthy. Adding nutritious foods makes Yoplait® an awesome way to stay fit, whether you are continuing on New Year’s resolutions or getting ready for spring break.

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

I love to have a different variety of yogurt every day and with Yoplait® that is so easy to do. I stuck with the original variety here, but they have light, Greek, and even lactose free available.

Chocolate Covered Cherry

Start with Cherry Orchard. Mix in 1 tablespoon carob or cocoa powder and top with a few fresh or frozen Bing cherries.

PBJ

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Mix 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter into Strawberry Banana. Top with a few slices of banana and strawberries.

Superfood Delight

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Stir 1 tablespoon chia seeds into Mountain Blueberry. Top with 1 tablespoon flaked unsweetened coconut and a few almonds.

Ice Cream Sundae

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Mix 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste into French Vanilla. Top with a sprinkle of carob or cocoa powder. Garnish with a fresh or frozen Bing cherry … or two … and a few almonds.

Cheesecake Parfait

Top Strawberry Cheesecake with some crushed cereal of your choice and some toasted coconut. It’s a better for you version of graham cracker crust.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. I hope I have inspired you to jazz up your yogurt. How will you 1-Up Your Cup?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

Green Tea Affogato + 5 More Bedtime Snacks

6 Healthy Bedtime Snack Ideas

While I’m not a huge snacker, sometimes the craving strikes, and it’s almost always near bedtime.  Being hungry at ten or eleven at night is going to lead to trouble sleeping all night long.  Instead of struggling through and waiting until breakfast or breaking into the stash of candy and cookies in the pantry, I have some go to snacks that are nutritious and satisfying without weighing you down.

My favorite is tea.  It is often just enough to give me a little something to comfort and warm me without adding many calories, if any at all, to my day.  And when I’m talking tea, there really is only one in my book: Lipton.

Lipton Tea

There are always a few boxes of Lipton tea in the pantry waiting for me.  Though I drink tea anytime, day or night, I do especially love it at night in the winter.  I turn the heat down and am cuddled up on the couch watching TV or movies or reading a book and tea is the perfect companion.

The improved Lipton green teas are my favorite.  They have light, fresh taste, bright clearer color and delightful aroma, and come in a variety of flavors like Purple Acai Blueberry that are available nationwide.  My mom loves the new black teas with bold aromas and unique flavors that are really unexpected.

If you are sensitive to caffeine, the herbal teas are great too.  I’m obsessed with the Apple Cinnamon, but they are all great since they use real ingredients.

5 Healthy Bedtime Snack Ideas

On nights when a cup of tea alone isn’t enough to satisfy me, I love pairing it with a handful of nuts like walnuts, almonds, pecans, or peanuts.  Keeping to a handful is a great way to make sure you are getting only a serving.  A piece of fresh fruit is another great option.  Pears and oranges are wonderful this time of year.

A homemade granola bar is another choice when perhaps I had a light dinner and am looking for something a little heartier.  Even a handful of a favorite cereal would be great to snack on with tea.  Cereal isn’t just for breakfast with milk!

Green Tea Affogato

My all-time favorite bedtime snack is definitely Green Tea Affogato.  You can use any of the Lipton teas and there are plenty to choose from, but the green tea is my go to.  I brew a cup, scoop some frozen yogurt in a bowl, and pour the hot tea over it.  It’s a melty, nutritious, light snack that feels like a real indulgence.

Tonight at bedtime, I know we are all going to be hungry and reaching for Lipton tea.  Check out the flavors here and tell me which one you want to try first!

Green Tea Afogato

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix #SundaySupper

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

Another football season is about to end.  It’s amazing how quickly the seasons pass, and how often the Lions don’t make the playoffs.  Oh well, at least there are two great teams competing this year.  Though I like both teams, I have really enjoyed watching the Panthers this season.

Whether you are hosting a party or just hanging out with family or even by yourself, I bet you are going to watch the big game, if only for the commercials and halftime.  And you definitely need some fabulous food to make the festivities … well more festive.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

Sure you need a savory entrée and maybe a drink, luckily my Sunday Supper friends have you covered there, but I’ve got dessert locked down.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix is one of those things that just screams football.  It’s an addictive snack that is easy to crunch on while you watch and cheer.  Plus, it makes a ton.  In fact, I halved the recipe and still have plenty of Chex Mix to share … or not.  Because you might not want to share this.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

It’s crispy crunchy with Chex, pretzels, and pecans all coated in an addictive cinnamon sugar mix.  I even used Glutino pretzel twists to keep this mix gluten free and friendly for all special diets.  If you aren’t a fan of pecans, swap in walnuts, peanuts, or almonds.

Whether your team wins or loses, you will be cheering for this Chex Mix to go all the way!

Cinnamon Sugar hex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

4 ½ cups Rice Chex

2 cups pecans

1 cup pretzel twists (use Glutino to keep gluten free)

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 large egg whites

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a large bowl, stir together Chex, pecans, and pretzels.

In a medium bowl, stir together sugars, cinnamon, and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy. Whisk in the vanilla.

Add the egg whites to the cereal mixture and stir to coat. Add the cinnamon sugar and stir until all of the cereal mixture is fully coated.

Pour onto the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for about 35 minutes until crispy and golden brown, stirring halfway through baking. Cool completely on tray.

Mix may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Appetizers and Sides

Main Dishes

Desserts and Drinks

 

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