//Homemade Chex Mix (Slow Cooker or Oven)

Homemade Chex Mix (Slow Cooker or Oven)

Whip up a DIY take on a snack food favorite with a recipe for Homemade Chex Mix that can be made in a slow cooker or in the oven.

Closeup view of Homemade Chex Mix with pretzels and mixed nuts

When it comes to snack foods, nothing beats good ol’ Chex Mix. It’s salty, crunchy, savory and just so dang addicting. Add a Diet Coke to the lineup and someone get me my spandex pants because in the words of Miley Cyrus,”I can’t stop, and I won’t stop.”

This recipe for Homemade Chex Mix just. changed. everything.

A variety of different sized bowls containing Chex Mix cereal, butter, spices, pretzels, walnuts, peanuts and Worcestershire sauce

When it comes to making this snack from scratch, there’s two ways to go about it: toss it into a slow cooker or bake it in the oven.

I’ve provided instructions for both methods, but I have a very clear favorite…

Sauce being poured over Cheerios, pretzels. walnuts and peanuts in a silver bowl

If crunchy is your goal, then the oven is your friend! I’ve made this recipe both ways, and while the slow cooker is convenient, it just doesn’t result in the characteristic crunch that Chex Mix should have.

So choose your method then raid your pantry because this recipe is merely a template for you to sub in whatever cereals, pretzels and nuts you have on hand. Mix and match to your heart’s desire!

Baking sheet containing Baked Chex Mix

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Closeup view of Homemade Chex Mix with pretzels and mixed nuts


Homemade Chex Mix (Slow Cooker or Oven)

  • 8
    Chex cereal
  • 2
    Cheerios cereal
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
    roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2
    (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2
    smoked paprika
  • 2
    garlic powder
  • 1
    Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 1/3
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2

Combine Chex cereal, Cheerios cereal, pretzels, walnuts and peanuts in a large bowl. 

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the smoked paprika, garlic powder, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. 

Pour the spice mix over the dry ingredients and toss to evenly coat. 

To cook in a slow cooker: 

Transfer the mixture into a slow cooker and turn it to LOW. Cover the slow cooker and cook the mixture for 3 hours, removing the lid every 45 minutes to gently stir the mixture. 

Transfer the mixture from the slow cooker onto a baking sheet. Let it cool completely then serve. 

To bake in an oven: 

Preheat the oven 250°F. 

Transfer the Chex Mix onto two baking sheets, spreading it into an even layer. 

Bake the Chex Mix for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven and let it cool completely then serve. 


Homemade Chex Mix can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature. 

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Nutrition Facts

Homemade Chex Mix (Slow Cooker or Oven)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 362
Calories from Fat 162

% Daily Value*

Fat 18g28%

Saturated Fat 6g38%

Cholesterol 17mg6%

Sodium 929mg40%

Potassium 360mg10%

Carbohydrates 47g16%

Fiber 7g29%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 1176IU24%

Vitamin C 6mg7%

Calcium 116mg12%

Iron 14mg78%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.