When the folks at General Mills sent me some of their Gluten-Free Chex cereals to try*, I tried to put myself in the shoes of someone struggling with gluten intolerance who just wants to have a freaking bowl of brand-name cereal like the other kids in school (hello, imaginary inner child). I wouldn’t recommend eating boxed cereal every day, but when the craving hits, it’s good to have an approachable option for those with food allergies and intolerances.
Though I’d love to think everyone wants to go for the high-fiber, low-sugar cereals that have a better chance of keeping them satisfied on fewer additives, I do have to acknowledge that many would much rather reach for a colorful box from a mainstream brand.
I know the Super Bowl is over, but I thought it would be fun to try a few Chex Mix recipes. Inspired by this recipe from the General Mills website, I set out to make a healthier version using ingredients I had at home. I was also maybe trying to use up some blackstrap molasses that was in the back of the cabinet. Feel free to use a lighter molasses if preferred, but I kind of like the dark, earthy taste of this stuff. It’s also happens to be a great source of iron, calcium, and potassium.
This recipe makes about 6 1/2-cup servings, but you can easily double it.
- 3 cups Rice or Cinnamon Chex
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, butter, or margarine
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 2 tbsp brown sugar, stevia, or other sweetener of choice
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ c raisins, chopped dates, or crystallized ginger
- Optional: 2 tbsp slices almonds, walnut crumbles, or pecans
- In a large, microwaveable bowl, mix cereal and nuts (if using). Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil.
- In a microwaveable measuring cup, microwave coconut oil/butter/margarine until melted. Stir in brown sugar, molasses, and spices. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the mixture boils (~30-60 seconds). Stir. Pour over cereal and mix well to coat evenly.
- Microwave on High ~3-4 minutes or until the cereal just begins to brown. Make sure to stir and scrape the bowl every minute. Mix in dried fruit. Spread on the covered cookie sheet to cool (~5 minutes).
- Store in an airtight container.
*Disclaimer: Though these products were provided to me by General Mills, I was not required to post a review. These thoughts—both positive and negative—are my own.
What’s your favorite cereal?