Sweet and Spicy High-Protein Snack Mix

This snack mix gets its sweet from honey and dried cherries and its spicy from chili powder and cayenne pepper. These flavors meld well in your mouth with high-protein items like cereals, sunflower seeds, nuts, and pieces of 100% smoked beef snack sticks. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
7 1/2 cups


  • 1 ½ cups wheat cereal squares

  • 1 cup toasted oat cereal

  • 1 cup small pretzels

  • 1 cup bite-sized cheese crackers

  • ½ cup unsalted sunflower seeds

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted mixed nuts

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 ½ tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 cup dried cherries

  • 2 (1.5 ounce) packages 100% smoked beef sticks, cut into bite-sized pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  2. Combine wheat cereal squares, oat cereal, pretzels, crackers, sunflower seeds, and nuts in a large bowl. Set aside.

  3. Combine butter, honey, Worcestershire sauce, salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small saucepan and over medium-low heat. Mix until butter is melted and spices are blended in smoothly. Pour seasoned butter over dry mixture and stir until well combined. Spread out onto a large baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool completely.

  5. Mix in dried cherries and smoked beef stick pieces.

Cook's Notes:

If you like it spicier, add 1 tablespoon of your favorite hot sauce or another 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the sauce mix.

You may use dried cranberries or raisins in place of dried cherries.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
17g Fat
28g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 406mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 182mg 4%

* 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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