Super Man had Kryptonite. For Sampson, it was Delilah; and Achilles—someone definitely should have warned him about that heel. As I enjoy neither comic book hero nor Greek goddess-status, I’ve been endowed with not one but with many weaknesses, the most recent of which is this Sweet Spicy Chex Mix recipe.

Sweet and Spicy Chex Mex. A healthy chex mix recipe made with egg whites and maple syrup

I don’t know what it is about the combination of sweet and savory flavors that gives me the insatiable appetite of a teenage boy, but it happens every single time.

No matter what powers of resistance I muster, I am rendered powerless in its presence. These Salted Chocolate Almond No Bake Granola Bars? They melt me into a puddle like the Wicked Witch of the West. Irish Whiskey Ice Cream with Salted Caramel? My waterloo. Honey Roasted Cashews? Consider the batch gone.

Today’s salty, sweet, and spicy Chex mix recipe? It could be my greatest downfall yet.

Healthy Chex Mix. Sweet, spicy, and you'll never believe it's lightened up!

About This Sweet and Spicy Chex Mix Recipe

I had the most honorable intentions when making this sweet spicy Chex mix. It was to be a wholesome, filling snack mix—a little bit naughty, yes, but still a respectable option to tide myself over between meals. The ingredients began innocently enough: whole grain Wheat Chex cereal (fiber!), Honey Nut Chex cereal (a little sweet for good luck), reliable pretzels, and a treasure trove of nuts: pecans, almonds, peanuts, and cashews, each offering healthy fats and protein. In place of the sticks of butter used in the typical Chex mix recipe, I swapped a beaten egg white and pure maple syrup.

Yes, this was going to be a very respectable snack indeed.

Sweet and Spicy Healthy Chex Mix

Then, the spices entered the equation, and all pretenses of self control were forgotten. I stirred a warm, smoky blend of cinnamon, chipotle, chili powder, and cumin in with the maple syrup. The spices give the Chex mix a lingering kick that, when combined with the sweetness of the maple and the honey nut cereal, is too seductive for petite portions.

Over and over again, I caught myself finding excuses to visit the kitchen, where I would be taken by an irrepressible need to “check” on the sweet spicy chex mix. Each time I lifted the container lid, the game was over. I’d reach for “just one more almond”…followed by a pretzel…followed by a handful of everything. After all, the flavors were created to be enjoyed together, so a smaller serving would have felt disrespectful to the sweet spicy chex mix itself. Don’t you agree?

This sweet spicy chex mix recipe yields a small, 4-cup batch of mix, as I’ve learned most intimately that keeping a larger amount in the house is a dangerous, dangerous game. If you’d like a larger serving (might I suggest it for tailgates, football parties, and Labor Day potlucks?), the recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd.

Sweet Spicy Healthy Chex Mex

Chex Mix Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store mix in an airtight storage container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
  • To Freeze. Place mix in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature.

More Scrumptious Snack Recipes

Sweet Spicy Chex Mix. A healthy chex mix recipe made with maple syrup. Sweet, spicy, and addictive!

A sweet and salty chex mix that’s spicy, sassy, and all-around irresistible: I can only aspire to the same level of acclaim!

Sweet and Spicy Chex Mex. A healthy chex mix recipe made with egg whites and maple syrup

Sweet Spicy Chex Mix

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A Sweet Spicy Chex Mix recipe made with maple syrup, cinnamon, and spice. This healthy version is made with an egg white instead of butter, but it is so irresistible, you’d never guess!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 30 mins

Servings: 4 cups (can easily be doubled)


  • 1 cup crisp honey squares cereal, such as Honey Nut Chex
  • 1 cup crisp wheat cereal, such as Wheat Chex
  • 1/2 cup mini pretzel twists
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1 egg white or 3 tablespoons liquid egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons ground chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Lightly coating a baking sheet with non-stick spray, line with parchment paper, then coat with baking spray once more. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the honey nut cereal, wheat cereal, pretzels, cashews, pecans, peanuts, and almonds.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg white until foamy, then stir in the maple syrup, cinnamon, chipotle powder, chili powder, salt, cumin, and cayenne. Drizzle over the cereal and nut mixture, then toss to coat.
  • Spread the mixture in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring once every 20 minutes. The mixture is done when dry to the touch. Remove from the oven, place the pan on a cooling rack, and let cool completely.

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  1. I love all the spices and nuts in your chex mix – there’s definitely something nostalgic about chex mix :)

  2. This totally has husband approved/guys night written all over it. I totally think you’ve found the secret to becoming the “favourite wife” amongst a group of friends, Erin! Totally putting this on a must-make snack list. Pinned!

  3. I’ve been thinking about making Party Mix ever since your post about snack foods! I’ve been wanting to make it with KerryGold Butter, but, now, am rethinking that! Oooh, la, la – your combination of spices sounds divine! I LOVE maple syrup, too! Can’t wait to make… and eat! I can sense that I, too, will be addicted! Thanks, Erin, and have a great Labor Day Week-end!

    1. Laura, Kerrygold butter is THE BEST. If you sneak some in here, I promise not to judge ;-) Wishing you a wonderful Labor Day weekend too!

  4. You definitely had me laughing and nodding my head in the, “you know me” way.  I can completely, a little too completely, relate to everything you shared here.  Especially dipping in for just one more almond and then once I have the almond I need the pretzel to balance the almond, and then another nut to balance that and on and on and on!  You know the drill.  
    Happy to have found you through a link from Abby at the Frosted Vegan

    1. Kathryn, it’s great to (virtually) meet you! We sound like kindred snacking spirits. I’m so glad that you found my site and took time to say hi. Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Very tasty! I stretched/economize do by adding some popped popcorn which made it almost a triple batch. Caution on the spicy ingredients when you scale up or it will be reallllly spicy! Thanks for a great recipe that doesn’t require melted butter it margarine!

  6. I actually used this recipe minus the egg and syrup for a chex mix cupcake. I searched online for a chex mix cupcake but couldn’t find one that was ‘sweet and spicy’. So, I had to improvise. And this worked perfectly! Topped with a maple butter cream frosting, garnished with a little sprinkle of chili powder , a pretzel and a single chex. I have reached cupcake nirvana!5 stars

    1. Wow, Tina, that cupcake sounds incredible! I’m glad this recipe was able to help you along. Thanks so much for reporting back!