Furikaki chex mix is a much loved Hawaii snack mix. Crispy, sweet and salty, with a touch of umami, this is one addictive party mix! I guarantee it will be the first thing to disappear at any party it makes an appearance at.
What is Furikaki Chex Mix?
Furkaki chex mix is a party mix that's sold all over Hawaii. It usually makes an appearance around the holidays, when party mixes really come into their own.
There's so many variations of this popular snack mix. Some like to use honeycombs and sesame sticks, while others prefer wheat chex and nuts. This recipe is highly adaptable, so please feel free to customize it to your heart's content. Here's a few variations you might want to try :
- Sesame Sticks
- Corn Chex
- Rice Chex
The one thing all furikake chex mix recipes contain is an easy homemade sauce that's spread over the chex mix before baking. The sauce consists of oil or butter (in our case vegan butter), soy sauce, a sweetener and furikake seasoning.
Furikaki seasoning is typically made of toasted sesame seeds, nori, salt and sugar. Some versions contain miso or bonito flakes. Don't buy a furikaki seasoning with bonito flakes - they're made from fish. Trader Joe's sells a furikaki seasoning mix tha's suitable for vegans, as do many other other places.
- Wheat Chex: What's a chex mix without chex??
- Bugels: These are a traditional addition to most furikai chex mixes that you buy packaged in Hawaii.
- Peanuts: You can use roasted or raw peanuts.
- Soy Sauce: This adds a salty, umami flavor.
- Vegan Butter: We'll be drizzling this over the chex mix before baking at a low temperature. The vegan butter will keep the mix crispy.
- Maple Syrup: Maple Syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness.
- Furikaki Seasoning: You can buy this online, or in the Asian section of your grocery store. Please check the ingredients on the label as some furikaki seasoning contains fish.
- Preheat your oven to 250 C (125 C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl mix together your melted vegan butter, maple syrup and soy sauce.
- In a large bowl mix together your chex mix, pretzels, peanuts and Bugels.
- Pour the butter mixture over the chex mix and gently stir with a wooden spoon.
- Sprinkle your furikaki seasoning mix over the top, and mix again to ensure that everything is coated in the seasoning.
- Transfer your furikake chex mix to the baking tray and bake for 60-70 minutes.
- If the mix seems to still be a bit wet after you remove it from the oven, don't worry. It will harden as it cools.
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Frequently Asked Questions About This Recipe
If you keep it in an airtight container, it should stay fresh for a week or two. Make sure that your chex mix is totally cooled before storing it.
Sometimes furikake chex mix feels a bit soggy when it first comes out of the oven. It usually hardens as it cools. Just be sure that you turn everything over at the halfway point to ensure that your chex mix cooks evenly. Don't overcrowd the pan.
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Furikake Chex Mix
- 3 cups wheat chex
- 2 cups Bugels
- 2 cups pretzels
- 1 cup peanuts
- ½ cup vegan butter melted
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ cup furikaki seasoning *use a vegan brand
- 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
- Preheat oven to 250° F (120° C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Add the chex mix, Bugels, pretzels and peanuts to a large bowl. Stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, combine the vegan butter, maple syrup, and soy sauce .
- Pour the vegan butter mixture over the chex mixture. Sprinkle the furikake seasoning over the top and stir to combine.
- Spread the, chex mixture out evenly over the baking tray, and bake for 65 minutes, flipping halfway through.