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Spicy Pecan Chex Mix

Updated: Aug 7, 2021

This sweet, salty, and crunchy snack mix is seriously addicting. It has all the things you love about Chex mix but with the addition of big pecan halves in a lightly sweet and spicy candy coating. The flavors of brown sugar, orange zest, and cayenne pepper are a marriage made in heaven. This version uses egg whites instead of butter, which makes it a healthier option (and dairy-free). It makes a large batch (about 24 servings), but beware, it disappears fast!

Recipe adapted from: gimmesomeoven

I always make candied pecans for Thanksgiving. They are a crowd-pleasing favorite. I love their sweet, spicy, crunchy goodness. This recipe combines the yumminess of those with traditional Chex mix ingredients. I used a combination of corn and rice Chex to keep this recipe gluten-free. Feel free to add in some wheat Chex as well if your family doesn’t have any dietary restrictions. 

Be sure to plan ahead as this mix takes an hour to bake. Give it a gentle stir every 15 minutes to distribute the candy coating evenly. It will be sticky at first but will dry and get crispier as it bakes. I like to put this in individual serving bags for a quick grab-and-go snack that is perfect for work, school, or for those long road trips.

Let’s get cooking!



  • 9 cups corn squares and/or rice squares cereal (I used equal parts corn squares and rice squares)

  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

  • 4 cups of raw pecan halves

  • 2 cups of pretzels (I used liveGfree pretzel twists)

  • 4 egg whites, whisked

  • Zest of one orange


How to make:

Please be sure to visit: gimmesomeoven for the source recipe and original cooking instructions.

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

  2. In a very large bowl, combine the corn squares, rice squares, pecans, and gluten-free pretzels. Set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, orange zest, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper (if using).

  4. Add the egg white mixture to the Chex mix and pecans. Gently fold to incorporate.

  5. Pour the mixture onto two baking sheets lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.

  6. Bake for 15 minutes and stir gently to incorporate the sugar coating.

  7. Continue to stir every 15 minutes until the total time reaches 1 hour. Be sure to watch carefully, as the pecans may burn.

  8. Cool completely.

  9. Store in an airtight container.

  10. Enjoy!

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