Buttery Gluten-Free Ranch Chex Mix


I created this delicious gluten-free Chex mix recipe for Gluten-Free Living magazine, and it has been a family favorite for us. Don't let the seemingly long ingredient list dissuade you. This makes a party-sized batch that you can store in the fridge for up to a week. Pull it out and share it with last-minute guests - if you can control yourself! It's savory, buttery, salty, and has a little punch of tart flavor from the cranberries. Make a huge batch - it'll go fast!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
11 cups


  • ½ cup salted butter

  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal squares (such as Rice Chex®)

  • 2 cups salted cashews

  • 2 cups pecans

  • 2 cups gluten-free pretzels

  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Ranch Mix:

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried chives

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave, about 1 minute.

  3. Mix rice cereal squares, cashews, pecans, pretzels, and cranberries together in a large bowl.

  4. Add parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, salt, and black pepper to the bowl with the melted butter. Toss with cereal mixture and spread onto the prepared baking sheets.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Sprinkle baking sheets evenly with Parmesan cheese and return to the oven; bake 15 minutes more.

  6. Serve immediately or store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for 1 week.


You can make the ranch mix in advance and store in a tightly sealed jar. Try using 2 tablespoons of each ingredient and use this in dressings, to coat meats, or to make more buttery ranch snack mix!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

216 Calories
18g Fat
13g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 22
Calories 216
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 126mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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