If you love the pumpkin spice trend, you might be looking for more ways to enjoy the most popular flavor of autumn!

Below are six different ways you can whip up your own perfectly-spiced crunchy snack mix.

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Harvest Chex Mix

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Harvest Chex Mix

A fall snack or tasty trail mix, this pumpkin harvest Chex mix is made in the slow cooker and features three different Chex mixes, as well as pecans, graham crackers, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Vanilla Chex cereal
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup mini graham crackers (or a cereal like Golden Grahams)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Directions
  1. In oval 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together the 3 cereals, pecans, graham crackers, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.
  2. In small bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
  3. Cook uncovered on High heat setting 2 hours, stirring every 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Spread cereal mixture on ungreased cookie sheet or waxed paper. Cool 3 to 5 minutes before serving.

Source: Betty Crocker

 

Pumpkin Pie Party Mix
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-1/4 cup corn or rice square cereal (like Chex)
  • 1/3 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1/3 cup walnut or pecan pieces
Directions
  1. Combine the butter, honey, and pumpkin pie spice in cup and microwave until butter is melted.
  2. Combine the cereal, noodles, and nuts in a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.
  3. Pour the butter/honey/spice mixture over the cereal, noodles and nuts. Microwave, uncovered, for approximately 2-1/2 minutes, stirring twice during cooking.
  4. Cool, stirring occasionally. Mix will crispen as it stands. Store in airtight container.

Source: University of Illinois Extension

 

Pumpkin spice popcorn party mix

Ingredients

  • 4 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 2 cups honey graham cereal (like Golden Grahams)
  • 1 cup toasted oat cereal (like Cheerios)
  • 1-1/2 cups freshly-toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1-1/2 cups lightly salted peanuts
  • 1-1/2 cups candy corn
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins and/or dried cranberries
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the popped popcorn, cereals, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, candy corn and raisins.
  2. Store in a tightly covered container.

Makes about 12 cups

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Pumpkin Party Mix recipe

Six simple ingredients mix together in just ten minutes for this tasty mix, which is a perfect party favor for any autumn gathering.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups Kix cereal
  • 2 cups small square pretzels
  • 2 cups teddy bear-shaped chocolate graham snacks (or a cereal like Golden Grahams)
  • 1 cup freeze-dried cinnamon apples
  • 1 cup candy-coated peanut butter pieces (like Reese’s Pieces)
  • 1 box (7.5 oz) crunchy caramel-coated popcorn with peanuts
Directions
  1. In large bowl, mix all ingredients.
  2. Store in an airtight container.

Source: Pillsbury

 

Hot buttered pumpkin spice Cheerios recipe

Based on the original Hot buttered Cheerios recipe (from 1982)

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup of butter or margarine
  • 4 cups of Cheerios
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
Directions
  1. Melt butter or margarine in a 10-inch skillet over low heat.
  2. Add 4 cups of Cheerios.
  3. Cook and stir cereal 2 to 3 minutes until well-coated and hot, then sprinkle with pumpkin spice blend. Enjoy while hot.

Sweet variation: Cook and stir cereal 2 to 3 minutes until well-coated and hot, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend and 2 tablespoons sugar (brown or white). Stir well.

 

Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch recipe
Ingredients
  • Pumpkin Party Mix1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Honey Nut Chex cereal
  • 8 oz pecans
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; set aside.
  2. In a small microwave-safe dish, microwave butter on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in vanilla.
  3. In a large microwavable bowl, mix all cereals and pecans. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly distributed. Add sugar and spice mixture and stir until coated.
  4. Microwave uncovered on High 5 minutes or until mixture begins to brown, stirring every minute. Spread on wax paper or a cookie sheet to cool. Store in airtight container.

Makes sixteen 1/2 cup servings | Source: Chex

 

Crunchy pumpkin spice party mix recipe
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cereal (your choice of cereal like Chex, Cheerios, Kix, Golden Grahams)
  • 1 cup mini pretzel twists or squares
  • 1 cup nuts (peanuts, walnuts or mixed)
  • 1/2 cup plain corn nuts or freeze-dried corn
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the cereal, pretzels, nuts and corn nuts.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan. When it is melted, add the spices, sugar and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients, and gently stir until dry ingredients are thoroughly coated.
  4. Serve while warm, or store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Photo credit(s): Photos courtesy of Chex/Betty Crocker

Original publication date: October 26, 2014

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