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This Savory Nut and Cheese Snack Mix will quickly become your favorite snack. It is the perfect balance of chewy and crunchy with the most delicious savory seasoning. Think Chex Mix flavors only with none of those artificial and high-carb ingredients!
What Is A Savory Snack Mix?
A big batch of my homemade snack mix is the perfect protein-packed snack, party snack, or even game-day treat. It is a delicious way to give an edible gift also to friends and family during the holidays.
This Savory Nut and Cheese Snack Mix recipe is the kind of snack that everybody loves eating by the handful.
It’s filled with different nuts, savory coconut chips, and some crunchy cheese bites that are all coated in some flavorful seasoning.
My easy nut and cheese snack mix recipe will only take a few minutes to stir together before you toast it in the oven. Savory snacks are my favorite and do you blame me?
I mean who wouldn’t love a mix like this? It’s salty, crunchy, and chewy.
This is one of those snacks you’re going to need to portion out or hide from the others because it is so good it disappears fast! Shh, I won’t tell if you don’t want to share!
What Ingredients Are In This Healthy Snack Mix?
This is just a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for a simple homemade snack mix. As always, specific measurements and step-by-step cooking instructions are included in the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post.
This Savory Nut and Cheese Snack Mix recipe is the kind of snack that everybody loves eating by the handful. It’s filled with different nuts, savory coconut chips, and some crunchy cheese bites that are all coated in some flavorful seasoning.
Almonds: start with fresh raw almonds. You can choose to do the ones with the brown outer coating on them or you can get the blanched ones where the outer skins have been removed.
Either will work fine, but it is important to get raw unseasoned nuts because you don’t want things getting too salt when you season them later.
Hazel Nuts: I love hazelnuts. I like that they are small and not as hard as almonds so it helps with having lots of textures in this snack mix. I also love the flavor they bring to any dish. Again, skin on or off will work but make sure they are raw and unseasoned also.
Unsweetened Coconut Flakes: Okay, so for the coconut it is important that you get the large shaved pieces of coconut and not the shredded ones.
I get mine in bulk from Azure standard but a lot of health food stores have them as well as Amazon. You can see the size of the coconut in my mix. That is the kind that works perfectly!
They also need to be unsweetened because you want to avoid the carbs or sweetness from the sugar since we are going for a savory and salty snack here.
These large coconut flakes take on all the flavors of the seasoning and you’ll love how they taste and look in your snack mix. You’ll be surprised how savory they can be and man that chew they bring to the mix is fantastic!
Cheese Bites: When it comes to the cheese element of this snack mix I love to use the Gouda variety of crunchy cheese bites. I love the strong flavor of the Gouda and how well marries with the nuts and seasonings.
Make sure when you are shopping for your cheese bites that the ingredients are not full of trash fillers and that they are all cheese so it keeps the carbs down. You can use any flavor of cheese you can find locally or that fits your tastes.
Seasoning: This is the best part that ties all the other ingredients together. This seasoning reminds me of that yummy flavor you get from the traditional Chex Mix. Tangy and salty and oh so savory.
It is just a simple set of spices like garlic, onion, and seasoning salt balanced with a tangy kick of Worcestershire Sauce. Add a little oil for toasting up the nuts and you’ll have a delicious combo for a flavor snack mix.
Variations To Use To Make This Low-Carb Snack Mix Your Own:
- Replace the hazelnuts with peanuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts
- Add your favorite low-carb crackers
- Toss in some sunflower or pumpkin seeds for more variety
- Switch out the Gouda Cheese Bites for cheddar or parmesan cheese wisps you can find at any store
- Don’t like coconut flakes at all, that’s fine try something like pork rinds instead for even more crunch
- Experiment with the seasonings (keep reading below the tips for ideas on that!)
Recipe Tips & Helpful Tricks
The Crunch Factor. You can very easily use other low-carb crackers and crunchy cheese whisps, to make this a little more to your taste.
Maybe throw in some pieces of flavored pork rinds to add even more flavor and bulk to this snack mix. Remember, this recipe is very easy to customize to your preferences.
The Seasonings. You can also easily include other spices and seasonings to your preference if you don’t like this savory seasoning I have on the recipe card.
You could always do some Rosemary or Italian herbs, go with an Asian flavor, and add some five spices, give it a spicy kick with red pepper flakes, or you can always go with a homemade dry ranch seasoning.
I mean who would like a yummy ranch snack mix. I’ve made this one like that before and it is delicious you guys!
Cooking The Mix: Snack mixes like this are super easy to throw together and modify as we’ve mentioned and the cooking is just as easy. Just make sure you are staying near the oven while it cooks up.
Nuts and seeds can go from not toasted to burnt in a matter of minutes if you get busy and forget about them. These ingredients are expensive so watch them closely as they cook.
Here’s an easy clean-up tip as well for cooking. Use a baking sheet lined with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (this is what I use) when you bake it and it makes cleaning up afterward super easy.
Storing Leftover Snack Mix: Make sure to keep this snack mix in an air-tight container so it stays fresh longer.
If it isn’t kept airtight the crunchy cheese bite will go soft on you and then really add a nice texture to the mix when they are kept nice and crisp.
One thing is for sure no matter what you add to the mix or how you season your mix, you’ll enjoy having a savory healthy snack to munch on whenever you need one.
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