Puppy chow, party mix, snack mix, Chex mix. Yes, please.

Whatever you want to call it, it just gets better with peanut butter and Nutella.

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix - Fast & Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

Who can say no to crunchy, salty-and-sweet mixes anyway.

Two trips ago to Aruba, I made these Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels and over a year later, my husband was still talking it.

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix - Fast & Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

Back in Aruba, and not wanting to turn on my oven or devote more than 5 minutes to making something, I figured I could reinvent and enhance that recipe.

I didn’t know how I was going to one-up my own recipe that was such a hit with him, but figured that peanut butter, Nutella, and sprinkles would be a good start.

I was right. He likes this version even more. And I’m not complaining either.

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix - Fast & Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

It’s crazy addictive, and I recommend not making it unless you enjoy cardio. I keep the gallon-sized stash in the freezer both to hide it from ourselves, and because it tastes even better chilled. The snappy crunch factor of the pretzels is intensified.

I used checkerboard-style pretzels, which are the perfect holding cells, literally, for the melted peanut butter-chocolate Nutella mixture. It gets in every nook and cranny and clings so well.

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix - Fast & Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

The peanut butter and Nutella is a match made in tastebud heaven. But I’m partial because I think peanut butter and chocolate is the world’s most perfect flavor pairing.

The confectioners’ sugar soaks up the peanut butter-chocolate sauce so that it’s not a drippy hot mess, and balances the saltiness from the pretzels, peanut butter, and peanuts.

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix - Fast & Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

I tossed in honey roasted peanuts but if you’d like to omit, or use popcorn, Chex, a favorite cereal, or another nut, feel free. I love it when the nuts get stuck to the pretzels by way of the saucy peanut butter glue.

My husband said this would make a great football-watching snack. I think that’s a hint I should make it again.

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix - Fast & Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

I think it’s a great anytime snack. It’s buttery and rich, even though no butter is used.

It’s so fast and easy to make that it’s dangerous.

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix - Fast & Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix
Yield: Fills a 1-gallon Ziplock bag

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes

This no-bake mix is salty-and-sweet, and made with peanut butter, peanuts, chocolate by way of Nutella, and sprinkles for a pop of sweetness. It’s ready in less than 5 minutes, and it’s addictively good. Crunchy, satisfying, and I guarantee you can’t just stop at one handful. I store it in the freezer because I like it slightly chilled and extra crunchy.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • about 3 1/2 to 4 cups checkerboard mini pretzels
  • about 2 cups honey-roasted peanuts (or regular peanuts, or another favorite nut; or omit)
  • about 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 heaping cup sprinkles (jimmies), optional

Instructions

  1. Combine peanut butter and Nutella in a large microwave-safe bowl, and heat to melt, about 1 minute on high power. Stir to combine. (I only use commercial peanut butter like Jif or Peter Pan and have not tried it with homemade peanut butter)
  2. Add the pretzels, peanuts, and stir to coat evenly.
  3. Add 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, and toss to coat evenly. Mix should be fairly dry. Add 1/2 cup additional sugar, or as needed, to dry it out.
  4. Add sprinkles, tossing well to distribute.
  5. Transfer mix to a one-gallon plastic ziptop bag or other airtight container. Serve immediately, or serve chilled. I prefer to store this mix the freezer. It will keep airtight at room temperature for weeks, or in the freezer for months. Recipe may be kept gluten-free by using gluten-free pretzels.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 8g

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