Crock-Pot Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

Pumpkin Spice Crock-Pot Chex Mix — This Crock-Pot Chex Mix is LOADED with pumpkin spice flavor! It’s so easy to make and can easily be adapted to suit the ingredients you have on hand.

crock pot chex mix

Homemade Crock-Pot Chex Mix

It’s been far too long since my last slow cooker recipe. It was both a blessing and a curse that I fired up my Crock-Pot and made this pumpkin spice Chex Mix. Holy addicting.

I’ve always had a thing for Chex Mix. All the textures and flavors make it such a great snack. I decided to put a fall spin on it with this blend.

I made it by combining two types of Chex, graham crackers, honey-roasted cashews and peanuts, pretzels, dried cranberries and cherries, and over the top I drizzled a mixture of melted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice.

The maple flavor really shines, and I used one tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, but if you want to boost the pumpkin flavor, use two tablespoons or more. The nuts and pretzels provide crunch and there’s a salty-and-sweet component that I can’t resist. The texture of the cereal is more chewy than crunchy. If you’re looking for the traditional, very dry, crunchy Chex mix, this isn’t it.

This pumpkin spice Chex Mix recipe sounds like it makes a ton, but actually it doesn’t. I filled up 3 one-quart baggies. One for us, one for teachers, and one for coaches. This would also be a great Halloween Chex Mix to hand out to trick-or-treaters or serve at a Halloween party! It’s so irresistible and will be your new favorite snack.

pumpkin spice crock pot chex mix in bowl

What’s in This Crock-Pot Chex Mix? 

To make this sweet Chex Mix, you’ll need: 

  • Chex cereal
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Pretzels
  • Graham crackers
  • Unsalted butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Light brown sugar
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt

bowl of crock pot chex mix

How to Make Crock-Pot Chex Mix

To make this homemade Chex Mix, you’ll first need to add the cereal, dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, and graham crackers to a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Then, melt the butter and stir the remaining ingredients into it. 

Evenly pour the butter mixture over the cereal mixture in the Crock-Pot. Gently stir with a spatula to combine, being careful not to break up the cereal. 

Cook covered on high power for about 2 hours, stirring well every 15 to 20 minutes. You need to cook the Crock-Pot Chex Mix until there’s no more liquid pooled on the bottom. Note that the homemade Chex Mix will not be “dry,” but instead will be more on the sticky and tacky side even when done.

Turn the sweet Chex Mix out onto a baking tray and allow to dry for at least 2 hours (overnight is better!).

homemade chex mix in bowl

Can I Make Homemade Chex Mix in the Oven?

I haven’t tested it myself, but you could probably bake this pumpkin spice Chex Mix in a 250ºF oven with the mixture divided between two baking trays. Keep a very watchful eye on it and toss every 15 minutes until it’s done (will likely take about an hour).

Can I Make This Dairy-Free? 

I’ve only ever made this Crock-Pot Chex Mix with butter, but you could try using vegetable oil or canola oil and see how it turns out. 

Crock-Pot Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix - Loaded with fall flavors and made in a Crock-Pot! Wayyy too easy and totally irresistible!!!

Tips for Making Crock-Pot Chex Mix

I used two types of Chex because I refuse to buy multiple $5 dollar boxes of cereal and open them for just a cup or two. But if you want to add in Cheerios, Golden Grahams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or similar, they’d all be great. Same with the graham crackers, I had a package open, chopped them up, and tossed them in. They don’t hold up as well as Chex, but they’re still tasty.

I used honey-roasted cashews and honey-roasted peanuts because I had them on hand and open, but if you want to use almonds, walnuts, or omit the nuts, feel free.

Also, I used dried cherries and dried cranberries because I just made my Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts Trail Mix with them, but golden or regular raisins would be lovely. If you’re not a fan of dried fruit, omit.

Maple Pumpkin Spice Crock-Pot Chex Mix

Maple Pumpkin Spice Crock-Pot Chex Mix

This Crock-Pot Chex Mix is LOADED with pumpkin spice flavor! It's so easy to make and can easily be adapted to suit the ingredients you have on hand.

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Drying Time 2 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes


  • 6 cups Chex cereal (I used 3 cups each Rice Chex and a storebrand honey-nut Chex; try Cheerios, Golden Grahams, etc.)
  • 2 cups dried fruit (I used 1 cup each dried cranberries and dried cherries; try (golden) raisins, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups nuts (I used 3/4 cup each honey-roasted cashews and honey-roasted peanuts)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 1/2 chopped graham crackers, diced in large 1-inch pieces (about 5 full-size graham crackers)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (I used sugar-free pancake syrup)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 to 2+ tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • salt, optional and to taste


    1. In a 5 to 6-quart Crock-Pot, add cereal, dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, and graham crackers. Recipe is very flexible. If you don’t have something, don’t like something, etc. use something you do have on hand or omit.
    2. In a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
    3. Add the maple syrup, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice (I used 1 tablespoon but recommend at least 2 tablespoons if you want a more pronounced pumpkin flavor), vanilla, optional salt, and whisk to combine.
    4. Slowly and evenly drizzle wet mixture over the dry ingredients in Crock-Pot and stir very well to combine. I use a silicon-tipped spatula so I don’t break the cereal.
    5. Cook covered on high power for about 2 hours, stirring well every 15 to 20 minutes. Start keeping a more careful eye on mix at about 1 1/2 hours to make sure pieces on bottom don’t start burning. All slow cookers and ingredients vary, and cooking times will vary. Cook until there’s no visible liquid pooling and pieces have dried out. They will not be ‘dry’ and will be more on the sticky and tacky side even when done, but do dry out more as they cool.
    6. Turn mixture out onto baking tray and allow to dry for at least 2 hours, overnight is better. Mix will keep airtight for up to 5 days.


Note: Although I haven’t tested it, you could probably bake in a 250F oven, with the mixture divided between two baking trays. Keep a very watchful eye on it and toss every 15 minutes until it’s done.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 314mg Carbohydrates: 34g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g

More Easy Snack Recipes: 

5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix — This mix comes together in the microwave in 3 minutes. There’s some flexibility in the recipe depending on what you have on hand and enjoy.

Skinny 100-Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Mix — This skinny version of ‘puppy chow’ is vegan, gluten-free, there’s no butter or oil added, and it’s ready in less than 5 minutes.

Skinny 100-Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Mix (vegan, GF, no butter/oil) - 5 mins to make, satisfying, & won't derail your diet!

Sweet with Heat Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts – Make shopping mall-style candied nuts any time you want! Just 30 minutes and these crunchy and very addictive nuts are all yours! Makes a great gift!

5-Minute Dill Pickle Chex Mix — We’re big pickle fanatics and loved this Chex mix that’s loaded with bold dill flavor.

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola (vegan, GF) – Make your own granola that’s full of rich flavors for a fraction of the cost of storebought

Piña Colada Chex Mix – An EASY and addictively AMAZING salty-sweet snack!! It’s crunchy, chewy, and between the pineapple, coconut, banana, and lime you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation!!

Reindeer Chow – A holiday twist on classic Muddy Buddies that’s EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges!

This post is brought to you by Crock-Pot. Recipe, text, images, and opinions expressed are my own.

73 comments on “Crock-Pot Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix”

  1. Mmmmm! This looks absolutely delish, Averie! I love that it’s made in the crockpot, it’s perfect for the holidays and love that it doesn’t tie up the stove! *pinned*

  2. I JUST discovered slow cookers. Ohmygosh — what have I been missing all my life?? Other than, umm, a lack of shelf space… ;) I love how much they help in not heating up the entire house by leaving the oven or stove on for hours. And since it’s 90°+ this weekend in NorCal, that’s a total blessing. With how much my dad loves nuts (eats a big bowl every night instead of dinner!), he’d polish off all three 1-quart bags in a few days. No joke!

  3. Adding this to my must-try list!

  4. This looks fantastic!! Chex mix is a snack that I can never really stop eating until the bag is gone…these flavor combos sound so good together, much better than store bought! I can imagine the house will smell lovely too!

  5. I made the pumpkin maple chex mix and nothing turned out to be crunchy, great taste but very chewy. I wondered if you are supposed to leave the lid off the crock pot so that it will dry out more?

    • It is very chewy and not that crunchy. If you read the text part of the blog post, I talked about that. Leaving the lid off may make it more crunchy but I haven’t experimented with it that way. I did indicate that I left it out on baking sheets to ‘air out’ overnight. But you’re right, it’s chewy. We loved that part of it. Thanks for trying the recipe!

  6. How do you think it would be to replace the maple syrup with molasses?

  7. Thanks for your super fast response! I cannot wait to make this. (come on, 5:00!)

  8. Mine’s almost done..I think mine came out too soggy~ Does it matter what kind of chex cereal I use? I used the wheat chex. And I could not find pumpkin spice so I used apple spice instead. Smells good though~

    • I mentioned this in the post, but this is not the really crispy and crunchy traditional Chex mix. It’s chewy. I wouldn’t call it soggy per se but it’s not your traditional mix that’s crunchy because with the maple syrup and the butter, there’s no way it would come out crispy and crunchy no matter how you make it. But if you’d like to pop it in the oven at 300F on baking sheets, it may help it firm up, although I just let mine sit out overnight exposed to air. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  9. I am in the process of making the chex mix without the graham crackers. How do I store this? Can I enclose it in a metal tin, glas jar, plastic bowl to stay fresh? Does it matter which one? I want to use this for a Halloween party Saturday evening :)

  10. Crock pot cover on or off!!!!?????

  11. I did this in the oven at 250 for 1 hour and stirred every 15 minutes (as suggested.. also how I make my regular chex mix) and it turned out WONDERFUL! Every piece is crispy and has a candy coating. My husband LOVES IT. Thank you so much :)

  12. Okay, I just made the Maple Pumpkin Pie Spice Chex Mix. Oh, my!! It is so AWESOME! I forgot the pretzels because my mother-in-law was talking my ear off while I was trying to mix this up, but it doesn’t matter! It’s still great! I made mine in the oven, stirring every 15 minutes, like traditional Chex Mix. It worked beautifully!! Will definitely be making it again and other of your snack mix creations! Thanks so much!

    • I forgot the pretzels because my mother-in-law was talking my ear off <--- LOL, it happens :) But regardless, glad you loved this and that it came out great for you! If you try any other recipes, keep me posted how things go!

  13. How long would you recommend in the oven at 250? One hour?

  14. This was a big hit when I made it for a fall bridal shower recently. I cooked it while decorating so the whole place smelled of awesome pumpkin spice. I have made it 2 times now and it has turned out crispy like traditional Chex mix. I forgot to add the brown sugar to the butter syrup mix so I sprinkled it on half way through the cooking process and stirred it in well. It was done in 1.5 hours (maybe my crock pot runs hot or maybe because it was more dry?). Amazing. Thanks so much for the delicious recipe. Soon to become a fall tradition at my house.

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! Crockpots vary SO much in their heat intensity so yours just maybe runs a bit hotter than mine. Glad it’s a fall staple for you!

  15. Great idea, but after cooling mine seems a bit limp, not crispy. Maybe it will be good as cereal…

    • I mentioned in the post, “The texture of the cereal is more chewy than crunchy. If you’re looking for the traditional, very dry, crunchy Chex mix, this isn’t it.” So it’s not going to be super crispy and is definitely more chewy but I wouldn’t call that limp. Maybe yours needed a bit longer in the slow cooker since they all vary in their power and intensity and that would have dried it out a bit more. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  16. Is there any way to make this dairy free. Would other oils work or would you have to use butter? I would like to make this  for someone who is dairy/gluten free. 

  17. Is there a substitute for the maple syrup? My family loves pumpkin but not maple syrup.

  18. Oh. My. Goodness. This recipe turned out amazing! i absolutely adore all things pumpkin any time of year. I did switch it up a little because i wanted a little more of that scrumptious pumpkin flavor so i decided to actually add a bit of canned pumpkin puree top the mix. i found that if i warmed the puree and creamed it with the syrup,butter, and sugar i was able to mix it right in and got a pretty even coating with very little clumping.
    However, i did run into trouble with the silicone spoon. It just didn’t have enough fortitude to get the job done so i ended up switching to a wooden spoon halfway through. Had a little breaking of the chex but nothing that was too noticeable.

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