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Healthy Homemade Nuts n' Bolts

12/22/2016 08:24 EST | Updated 12/22/2016 08:24 EST
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Boxes of General Mills Inc. Honey Nut Cheerios and Corn Chex cereal are arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. General Mills Inc., the maker of Cheerios cereal and Yoplait yogurt, reduced its earnings forecast for its current fiscal year as weak demand and rising costs squeeze food producers. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Nuts n' bolts is one of those holiday staples. Every year I'm lucky enough to receive nuts n' bolts as a Christmas gift from friends and/or family members. My favourite is a combination of peanuts, pretzels and Honey Nut Chex cereal drizzled with milk chocolate mmmmmm! It is divine!! But in typical dietitian fashion, I wanted to revamp the standard high sugar low fibre recipe, so I put a nutritious spin on this holiday favourite.

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I used Corn Bran cereal, which is decently high in fibre and lower in sugar compared with many cold breakfast cereals used for nuts n' bolts. I also used olive oil instead of butter, which is traditionally used. Onion and garlic powders are a great way to add flavour without adding a ton of salt. And don't forget that nuts and seeds are full of heart healthy fats. So what's not to love?

I think what I love most of all is the fact that nuts n' bolts make excellent Christmas gifts! Individually portion into small snack bags and seal with a twist tie. Your friends, family and coworkers will appreciate your homemade, thoughtful, delicious and healthy gift. Mine sure did =)

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Healthy Homemade Nuts n' Bolts

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Corn Bran cereal
  • 4 cups pretzels
  • 4 cups chopped, unsalted nuts (I used pecans, peanuts, hazelnuts)
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt (or sea salt)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Combine cereal, pretzels and nuts in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the oil and seasonings in a small bowl and drizzle over the cereal mixture while mixing.
  • Spread evenly onto 3 cookie sheets and bake for 1.5 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes.
  • Cool and portion into individual gift bags, or in an airtight container.

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