High Heels & Grills: Pumpkin Pecan Crunch

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin Pecan Crunch

Guys. This may just be the greatest chex mix/trail mix/pumpkin recipe that you will ever taste in your entire existence. The first time I made it, I was hoping it would would be good, but I wasn't expecting it to be that good. Zachary and I scarfed down like it was going outta style! I can't even count the number of times we told ourselves, "We really need to stop eating this, so we can take a picture before it's all gone." It's a new family favorite in our house and I'll be making it for the third time this week to share with my co-workers. Everyone needs to taste this delightful snack!


I actually found this on the back of a box of Chex {go figure} and thought that it sounded easy enough to try that same day. I tweaked it a little bit to what I could find at the grocery store and I wouldn't change a single thing about it.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Honey Nut Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Life cereal
  • 1 cup pecans {I used regular salted ones, but I thought later that it might be good to try some cinnamon candied ones!}
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice {I had no idea they even sold this stuff until I was buying it for this recipe. Ya learn something new every day!}

Directions:
  1. In a large, microwavable bowl, mix all three cereals and pecans.
  2. Whisk together butter and vanilla and pour over the cereal mixture, evenly coating all of it.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and pumpkin spice until mixed thoroughly.
  4. Sprinkle over the cereal mixture until well blended.
  5. Microwave uncovered on high for 5 minutes, stirring after every minute.
  6. Spread on wax paper and let cool.
  7. Eat your heart out.

I love how festive and fall-timey this recipe is! It makes for great gifts too! I actually put some in a little jar and gave it to my friend for her birthday the other day. You're sure to love it just as much as we do! {Zach says that if you don't, you need to find yourself a new set of tastebuds.}

-Sarah

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