Autoimmune Paleo Snack Mix is real, and it’s here.. and you get to nom on it.
Introducing my autoimmune paleo snack mix. I’m a Nutritional Therapist and my clients are always asking for savory paleo diet snacks when we work together. Salty-crunchy is a craving that isn’t always easy to satisfy when you’re on this anti-inflammatory autoimmune elimination diet. I created something to satisfy their cravings (and mine, to be honest!) and I’m so excited to share it with you today.
Every family has a food.
Fall months always get me nostalgic for what used to be. You know, like the days you could enjoy the smells of a conventional pumpkin spice candle without worrying about all the carcinogens in artificial fragrances. (If that’s news to you, stop everything you’re doing and head here.) It also has me dreaming of all the treats I once got to eat like pumpkin spice donuts, pumpkin spice lattes, and my most favorite… Chex mix.
We all have a few foods that were staples in our homes at different times of the year. For my family, it was Chex mix and chili in the fall. When my mom would make a batch of Chex mix, I’d sneak upstairs as it cooled and grab all the white Chex I could fit in my hand, then race back down to quickly devour the salty, savory bites of those airy little crisps.
As I grew up, Chex mix was added to care packages while I was in college and always around during the holidays. After my mom died, my sister took over the role of “Chex Mix maker” and started adding her own touches (less butter, more cheerios). When I had to drastically change my diet because of my autoimmune disease, I kind of assumed I’d never eat Chex mix again.
I decided to go on a hunt for the perfect paleo snack mix recipe, but I couldn’t find one that I liked enough to satisfy my craving for a paleo snack mix that tasted like Chex Mix. So, I tested out some paleo snack mix recipes of my own and started by going back to my roots.
I created a miracle!
Okay, it might not be a miracle but it feels like one to me. I was able to altar my mom’s Chex mix recipe to be a grain-free autoimmune paleo diet snack! Here’s how I turned a family classic into an autoimmune paleo diet snack mix that doesn’t completely suck:
Coconut oil instead of butter
Coconut aminos instead of worcestershire sauce
Omitted the seasoned salt
AIP crunches & dried fruit instead of pretzels, rice Chex and nuts!
Make it keto Chex mix
I don’t want my keto snack mix fans to feel left out. If you’re looking for a salty, savory snack that’s also a keto snack, this paleo Chex mix recipe is easily made into a keto Chex mix recipe by subbing nuts and seeds for the dried fruit and plantains.
Looking for more autoimmune paleo fall recipes?
Paleo Snack Mix
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 4 cups plantain chips
- 4 cups coconut chips
- 1 cup dried cherries or craisins optional
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- 3 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1/4 tsp himalayan sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees
- Combine plantains, cherries, and coconut flakes in a bowl and stir
- Melt coconut oil in a large dutch oven on low heat or in microwave and add in garlic powder, onion powder, coconut aminos and sea salt, whisk to combine
- Add 1/2 of the snack mixture to the liquid and stir to combine
- Add the second half of the snack mixture and stir well until everything is evenly coated
- Spread the mixture in a roasting pan or cookie sheet and place it in the oven for one hour, stirring every fifteen minutes
- Set snack mix aside to cool for 10-15 minutes