Chex Mix on a baking sheet

Although 2020 has lasted approximately 16 years, December has gone by in the blink of an eye. Too much holiday fun to be had and not enough time to have it!

One of the highlights of the past few weeks has been purchasing a Little Women double feature (Winona Ryder version and Emma Watson version) then staying up way past my bedtime to watch both on the same night. The Winona Ryder version is one of my very favorites movies ever, though it’d been years since I last saw it. UGHHHHHH SOO GOOOOOOOOOD. A Christmas classic. Love it so much!

The Emma Watson version though? I have thoughts. First of all, LAURIE? No. Just…no. Give me Christian Bale or give me nothing. Second of all, Amy was played by the same woman throughout the entire movie so I had the hardest time figuring out which time period I was in since the movie kept bouncing around. Also…give me Christian Bale or give me nothing.

Anyway! Eating copious amounts of Chex Mix has also been a highlight of the holiday season, although…my rings are getting a little snug. I don’t know about you, but if there’s a tub of Chex Mix sitting around I am 100% powerless to not reach my hand inside to grab a handful. So, I created Small Batch Chex Mix, aka a scaled-down version of my favorite Chex Mix recipe so you can get your fill AND still button your pants.

It’s a Christmas miracle!

Close up photo of chex mix

Ben and I both grew up in families that were constantly churning out big batches of Chex Mix during the holiday season, and it’s something we both look forward to doing in our own home every year. Crunchy, salty, totally addicting. Too addicting! Anytime we make a batch we complain to each other the entire time about how we can’t stop eating it. Problem solved with this small batch recipe.

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A Few Notes:

  1. Gluten free pretzels get kind of brittle and stale-tasting if they’re mixed in with the Chex then cooked, so you’ll want to stir those in at the very end.
  2. I prefer using my 4 ingredient Homemade Seasoned Salt recipe in my Chex Mix. Make it once >> use it on EVERYTHING!
  3. This recipe cooks in under 3 minutes – yes! – using the microwave, although you can use the traditional oven-bake method if you prefer. Instructions for both are in the recipe card below.

Bowl of small batch Chex Mix

How to Make Small Batch Chex Mix:

Start by combining equal parts Rice and Corn Chex in a microwave-safe bowl with gluten free O’s cereal and peanuts (I use Planter’s UNSALTED Dry Roasted Peanuts – their roasted and salted variety contains a bunch of funky ingredients).

In another bowl, combine melted butter with gluten free worcestershire sauce (at the time of this writing, 12/20, Lea & Perrins in the United States is gluten free,) homemade seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Pour over the dry ingredients then use a spatula to fold the ingredients until evenly coated.

Microwave the Chex Mix in 45 second increments, 3 times, stirring very well in between increments. Lastly, stir in gluten free pretzels then spread the Chex Mix out onto a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper to cool completely.

That’s all she wrote! I hope you and your small batch Chex Mix are VERY happy together! Enjoy!

Small Batch Chex Mix

Small Batch Chex Mix


Can't trust yourself around a big batch of Chex Mix? (Me neither!) This scaled down, small batch Chex Mix makes just enough for one or two!


4 cups

  • 1-1/2 cups EACH Rice Chex and Corn Chex
  • 1/2 cup gluten free O's cereal
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons gluten free worcestershire sauce
  • heaping 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (see notes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup gluten free pretzel twists


  1. Combine Chex cereals, O's cereal, and peanuts in a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl then set aside.
  2. Add butter to a small, microwave-safe bowl then microwave until melted, 30 seconds. Add worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, onion powder, and garlic powder then stir to combine. Pour over dry ingredients then gently fold with a spatula until everything is evenly coated.
  3. Microwave for 45 seconds then stir well. Microwave for 45 seconds two more times, stirring in between, then microwave for an additional 15 seconds (or so) if necessary. Add pretzels then stir to combine, and then spread Chex Mix onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper to cool completely. Store in an airtight container or Ziplock bag.


  • Click here for my Homemade Seasoned Salt Recipe >
  • Oven-Bake Method: Prepare recipe through step 2 then pour Chex Mix into a baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes at 250 degrees, stirring every 10 minutes.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

Photo collage of Small Batch Chex Mix