Monday, December 19, 2011

Santa's Munch Mix

I don't have a cute story about this recipe so I'm going to put this very, very simply. This stuff is good. This is Santa's Munchie Munch Mix.

Like, dangerously addicting, can't get your hands out of the bowl, hate/love the person that made it, might as well put on your stretchy pants, call it a day and go to town good.

But it's the overindulging is okay...right? Right. Glad we got that out of the way. Make this immediately. Not convinced? Here are some reasons why:

1) It's the perfect homemade gift to give out to friends, family and coworkers. Wrap it up in some cute Holiday bag, tie a bow, and bam.

2) It actually makes a yummy breakfast. It's crunchy, sweet with a hint of salt, and absolutely delicious in a bowl with a puddle of your milk of choice. Mine is almond milk, by the way. Just do it.

3) Because even though I love cookies as much as him, sometimes you just gotta switch it up. It's nearly 2012. Santa's OD'd on cookies and milk and wants some damn munch mix.

Do you enjoy lumps of coal? Only on the BBQ friends...only on the BBQ.

Santa's Munch Mix
1 box Quakers Oatmeal Squares (plain or brown sugar kind)
1 1/2 cups cashews
1 1/2 cups pecans
1 cup peanuts or walnuts
3/4 cup corn syrup
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2) You can do the following using the microwave or the stove (my method of choice). In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter. When it comes to a boil, add the vanilla and baking soda. I love this part! The baking soda acts as a leavening agent and the mixture expands. Smell the heavenly smell and stir until blended.

3) Butter a 9 x 13 inch rectangular pan or a regular cookie sheet. Pour the cereal and nuts onto the cookie sheet and mix. Then, pour the hot mixture over the cereal and immediately stir to make sure the cereal is coated evenly.

4) Place the pan in the oven. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes (depending on your oven). Stir every ten minutes. This is the trickiest part, as the the nuts can burn easily. All ingredients should turn a golden brown.

5) Take the munch mix out of the oven and let cool until warm. Transfer the mixture from the pan or cookie sheet into a bag, box, or cute Holiday tin. The mixture is sticky so it can be challenging to get it off the baking sheet/pan, so don't be afraid to get your hands a little dirty.

Santa will thank you.


  1. Oh my gosh. THIS LOOKS SO GOOD. Sorry for the large font, and I think I'm going to have to make this mix.

  2. Sounds delic! I'd be delighted if Santa [or one of my students] brought me munch mix ;) I worry if I made it at home, I'd eat the whole batch immediately after I take it out of the oven!

  3. Looks amazing Lolo!

  4. Forgot to you have a good recipe for Butternut Squash? Maybe with some kind of...maple syrup?

  5. when's your next post? i'm looking forward to it!