Crock-Pot Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

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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.

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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).

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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Maple Pumpkin Spice Crock-Pot Chex Mix

By Averie Sunshine
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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Drying Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 cups
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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 ½ to 2 cups nuts, I used 3/4 cup each honey-roasted cashews and honey-roasted peanuts
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 ½ chopped graham crackers, diced in large 1-inch pieces (about 5 full-size graham crackers)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup maple syrup, I used sugar-free pancake syrup
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 to 2 + tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • salt, optional and to taste

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • In a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Serving: 1, Calories: 329kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 314mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 12g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. I would keep some maple in for some sweetness and then add a dash of molasses. I think molasses would be a great touch!

      1. In this recipe you can use either real maple or pancake syrup. I used the later (cheaper!)

  1. 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?

    1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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*

  5. 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

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

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

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

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

  10. 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!

    1. 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 :)