It’s official. I am obsessed. This is my 6th or 7th version of Chex Mix this year, each one–if I do say so–a flavor sensation.
Picking a favorite is akin to picking a favorite puppy. So, my favorite is whichever is in front of me.
This iteration was inspired by Juan Gelpi’s vegan gyros. I could not get those flavors out of my mind after seeing his Instagram photo, even during Saturday morning yoga. I was mindful alright. Mindful that I was stopping at Whole Foods on the way home and procuring ingredients. (That is where I find vegan tapenades.)
Admittedly, this Chex Mix contains no Chex. That wasn’t my intention; it just didn’t seem to need more crunch. Or more anything. It is lemony, garlicky, nutty, Greek perfection. Hope you agree.
I made this for one of my late husband’s paralegals’ birthday with the surplus going to others at the firm. I had to get it out of the house quickly…before I consumed it all.
1/2 cup vegan butter
1/4 cup olive oil
Zest of one large lemon
1/4 cup (generous) vegan artichoke and garlic tapenade or something similar ( I used Seggiano brand)
1/4 cup (generous) vegan olive bruschetta or the like (I used Delallo brand)
2 tablespoons Greek (or Italian) seasoning (dried oregano and rosemary are key ingredients)
2 tablespoons Za’tar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
Sea salt to taste
8.6 ounces Cheerios (I used Canadian Farms organic Purely Os)
8 ounces pretzels
9 ounces pita chips
7 ounces walnut halves and pieces
9 ounces shelled pistachios
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place butter in large roasting pan, slide into oven, and allow µbutter to melt. Remove and whisk in lemon zest, tapenade, bruschetta, and all spices. Stir in remaining ingredients, one at a time until evenly coated. Roast mixture for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, and package in airtight containers.