Monday, April 22, 2013

Sweet N' Salty Pecan Crunch

I love my Seasons magazine I get from our local HyVee grocery store - always filled with the best information and recipes.  I usually make one or two recipes from each magazine.  I gave this yummy snack mix a try and we loved it.  It is crunchier and a bit harder than my Pecan Praline Snack Mix but the teachers at preschool seemed to really enjoy the extra crunch and the different cereal.  I can't seem to stay out of it!  :)

Sweet N' Salty Pecan Crunch (adapted from HyVee Seasons)

1 (14.5 oz) box golden maple Quaker Oatmeal squares ( my store didn't have maple - used brown sugar)
1 cup broken pretzel sticks (I used tiny twists that I already had)
1 cup coarsely broken pecan halves
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt ( or more - I didn't measure)

Preheat oven to 250.  Spray a 13 x 19 baking dish with cooking spray.  In a 2 quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup, bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda.  Pour over cereal, stirring to coat. Transfer to prepared baking dish.  Bake one hour - stirring every 20 minutes.  Spread on parchment or wax paper and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Allow to cool, break into pieces.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature.  Serves 18 - 1/3 cup servings)

Nutrition Facts from Season - 260 calories, 11 g. fat, 3 g. saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 300 mg sodium, 36 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 5 g protein,

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