Sweet & Spicy Slow-Cooker Snack Mix

Sweet & Spicy Slow-Cooker Snack Mix

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

With both sweet and spicy flavors to entice your taste buds, this slow-cooker-prepared snack mix is easy to make and great to have on hand for game days, parties, and after-school snacking. Remember to stir it every so often, as directed, to keep things from sticking together.

Ingredients 24 servings

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  • 8 ounces unsalted mini pretzels (about 6 cups)
  • 6 cups crispy corn and rice cereal
  • 2 cups roasted and salted whole soy nuts
  • ¾ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple sugar (see Tip)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preparation

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  1. Lightly coat the inside of a 6-quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Gently combine pretzels, cereal, soy nuts, and pumpkin seeds in the prepared slow cooker.
  3. Combine maple sugar and oil in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir in cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Drizzle the maple sugar mixture over the contents of the slow cooker. Gently toss the mixture to combine. Cook, uncovered, on High for 1½ hours, stirring from the bottom up every 30 minutes. Turn to Low and cook, uncovered, about 20 minutes more or until dry and crisp, stirring from the bottom up every 10 minutes.
  5. Spread the mixture on a large sheet of foil to cool. Store, covered, at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Tip: If using a sugar substitute, we recommend Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: same as below except 1 g total sugar.
  • Equipment: 6-quart oval slow cooker

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup
  • Per serving: 135 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 18 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 84 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 146 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 1 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 160 mg sodium; 115 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (21% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, ½ fat, ½ medium-fat protein

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