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Sweet and Spicy Gift MixSweet and spicy gift mix

Jami Nolen, Nutrition Program Associate

November 25, 2012


Gifts from the kitchen are always fun to give and receive. This recipe is easy to make, tastes great and bonus: it's good for you too! Put this mix in a festive container and you have a gift for someone or a treat for a holiday party.



Makes 12 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)



  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup dried pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly coat a 15½-inch-by-10½-inch baking sheet with butter-flavored cooking spray.
  2. Generously spray a heavy skillet with butter-flavored cooking spray. Add garbanzos to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the beans begin to brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer garbanzos to the prepared baking sheet. Spray the beans lightly with cooking spray. Bake, stirring frequently, until the beans are crisp, about 20 minutes.
  4. Lightly coat a roasting pan with butter-flavored cooking spray. Measure the cereal, pineapple and raisins into the pan. Add roasted garbanzos. Stir to mix evenly.
  5. In a large glass measuring cup combine honey, Worcestershire sauce and spices. Stir to mix evenly. Pour this mixture over the snack mix and toss gently. Spray mixture again with cooking spray. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the mixture from burning. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container.


Nutrition Information

(Per serving, serving size: 1/2 cup)
Calories: 154
Total fat: trace
Saturated fat: trace
Monounsaturated fat: trace
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 192 mg
Total carbohydrate: 36 g
Dietary fiber: 3 g
Protein: 3 g


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