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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

    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.

Notes

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:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

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. I would eat it all. No joke, Chex Mix is NOT safe in my house. Love all the fall flavors in here!

  2. Chex Mix has been a MAJOR weakness for me BUT I had NO idea that I could make it in my crockpot! Now, to figure out how to not eat it all before it’s actually done cooking….Pinned!

    • Thanks for pinning and ” to figure out how to not eat it all before it’s actually done cooking” <--- I taste-tested my way through 2 solid hours of cooking, and every 15 minutes, I checked for quality control :)

  3. Oh how happy I am that you decided to break out the crockpot. LOVE this recipe, Averie!

  4. Wow, I’m in love with this recipe, Averie! I think this would last all of 2.5 seconds in my house. Looks incredible!

  5. Love that you made this mix in a crock pot! This is fantastic for the holidays! Pinned!

  6. I loved Chex Mix growing up! I still do love it, but I only ever see it at the holidays. I try to resist it then but since it is only around for a little bit….I usually cave.

    Your description in the beginning sounds divine. I don’t use that word lightly, either.

  7. I love that my crock pot would pretty much make this dessert for me! How easy is that. I am hooked on your blog because of the brilliant ideas you have for how to easily make really delicious food and dessert.

  8. Chex mix in a crock pot?! Who knew! This looks like the chex mix to end all chex mixes! Holy addicting is right!

  9. This is so creative and yummy looking! In a crockpot? Who knew?

    Do you have any recommendations if you don’t have a crockpot? Would I just put it in the oven at a very low temp?

  10. LOVE that we both have slow cooker recipes! And I never really made anything dessert-like in a crockpot – maybe that’ll change with this one. Although it might be too dangerous to have this around the house – I would eat it all in a single night!

  11. Best game-day recipe EVER!! Love it, Averie!

  12. how many ideas for sweet treats with nuts. Pumpkin spice fits perfectly to walnuts and hazelnuts :)

  13. I know I’ve expressed this before, but WHY can’t I be your kids’ teacher? I’d love a bag of this!
    Never thought of using the crock pot to make snack mix. It’s such a great idea!

  14. Holy yum…I love home made chex mix…not the kind you buy in the store. For some reason I only make it at the Holidays…not sure why…could have something to do with my lack of self control…this recipe looks insanely good…luv all those flavors and the fact that it’s made in the crockpot is Genius. I’m going to make this for our next tailgating.

  15. When I was oven-less a couple of years ago I used my crockpot all the time–but I never knew I could make chex mix in it!! I’d have to take some to work and send the rest with my husband. We’d both do some damage to this stuff. Love the flavors and spices you chose for this!

    • I remember that oven-less stretch of yours! I still cannot believe how you managed with just a toaster oven and a crockpot and you made some of my dessert recipes in your toaster! Still amazed by that :)

      And yes, this is the type of snack you NEED to bring to work or share with others! So tempting :)

  16. Good lawdy, does this look addictive. Pass that bowl!

  17. I would have never guessed that something like this could be made in a slow cooker. Love it.

  18. Chex mix in a slow cooker, Say What!? Brilliance.

  19. Oh my YUMMY Averie! This chex mix looks unreal and seriously addicting! :) Perfect for Xmas gifts!!

  20. Salty sweet has my heart! I’d probably end up eating the whole thing.

  21. Chex mix in a crock-pot – I love it! This looks amazing, but seems like a dangerous snack to have lying around the house…

  22. Oh snap! Pumpkin spice AND they’re made in the crockpot? Done and done. Chex mix is my weakness!

  23. I’m going for a long drive next weekend and this looks like the perfect treat to keep me satiated! Maple + pumpkin spice = heaven! The house must have smelt amazing!! Pinned

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