Recently a few co-workers were talking about this Dill Pickle Ranch Chex Mix recipe at bettycrocker.com and how incredibly addictive it is. I absolutely LOVE dill pickles once I finally got up the courage to try the slightly odd dill pickle chips I was completely hooked. So, naturally, when I heard how good this snack mix was, I wanted to come up with my own gluten free, dairy free Dill Pickle Snack Mix recipe so I could enjoy it too!
The seasoning packet called for in the original recipe is not dairy-free, so I did a quick search on how to make your own homemade dairy free ranch seasoning. I found a couple recipes and decided to whip up my own vegan version.
Once I developed that recipe, I simply made slight modifications to make the remainder of the original recipe gluten free. I replaced the bagel chips with Cheerios and the pretzels with the gluten free version. Simple as that! I also added quite a bit more dill pickle juice for more tang. Yum!
The final change was to make this recipe in my oven. I don’t use my microwave much and I don’t have a large enough microwaveable bowl (or a big enough microwave, actually) to hold all the ingredients, so I just took a cue from my other homemade Crunchy Snack Mix recipe and baked it at a lower temperature for longer so the cereal wouldn’t burn too quickly.
Voila! Here’s how it looked right before I put it in the oven. Mmmm.
Dill Pickle Snack Mix Recipe
- Homemade Ranch Seasoning:
- 2 T. parsley flakes
- 1 T. nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 1½ tsp. garlic powder
- 1¼ tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. minced dried onion
- 1 tsp. dried dill weed
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- Snack Mix:
- 4 cups Rice Chex
- 4 cups Corn Chex
- 2 cups Cheerios
- 2 cups gluten-free pretzels
- ⅓ c. dill pickle juice
- ⅓ c. oil (canola, vegetable or grapeseed)
- 1 T. dried dill weed
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, mix together all ingredients for the ranch seasoning in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Combine cereal and pretzels in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a measuring cup, combine pickle juice, oil, additional dill weed and garlic powder. Pour over cereal and pretzel mixture and stir to coat.
- When the mixture is all coated, sprinkle with your homemade ranch seasoning mix and stir until it's all covered nicely. Pour onto two sheet pans lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 300 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes and then checking again at 25 minutes until the snack mix pieces have a light golden color and are crunchy. They will continue to get crunchier as they sit.
- Let cool. Store in an airtight container for about a week.
I will never know if this Dill Pickle Snack Mix recipe stacks up to the original, but it certainly is addictive and delicious and I’m not mad about it one bit!
Disclaimer: This Dill Pickle Snack Mix recipe is addictive. REAL addictive. As in, you might want to portion it out after it has cooled so you don’t eat half of it in one sitting. Also it will give you bad breath, but man is it worth it!