No Bake Nutella Chex Mix Bites made in muffin tins are the bomb!
Today is day 3 of the Christmas in July celebration! Ok, so you might be thinking and celebrating the nation’s birthday tomorrow but we are busy celebrating Christmas. It’s all good. When it’s hot and sticky outside, you can be researching all these awesome recipes that will get you prepped for the holidays. It’s never too early!
If you missed the first two days, we celebrated with our yummy Gingerbread Granola – perfect to help you get up in the morning with the spirit of the holidays! Yesterday was the Triple Chocolate Toffee Cookies which is a spin on an old Christmas Crack favorite! I love thinking out of the box for recipes to see how we can make something old new again. Let’s get ready for these delicious Nutella No Bake Chex Mix Cups.
What is Nutella?
If you haven’t jumped on the Nutella campaign, this is your chance! Nutella is found by other nut-based butter at the grocery store. The base of Nutella is crushed hazelnuts along with cocoa, oil, sugar and milk powder.
Nutella is delicious but it isn’t a real substitute for other nut butters. As you can see in the ingredients, it has more than just the nuts. It’s great for holidays or special occasions but I don’t want anyone to think that they are relying on it as a completely healthy protein.
That said, it is DELISH!!!
How to Make Nutella Chex Mix Cups
These are super simple to make. I’ve seen Chex Mix variations before I wanted to mix it up a bit and add in a Nutella inspiration. Jason had come home from work talking about a coworker that LOVES Nutella and I thought it would make an excellent addition to these Chex Mix Cups.
Mix a Chex cereal of your choice (You need about 4 – 4 ½ cups total) and Rice Krispie cereal, baby pretzels and nuts into a bowl. Pour over melted butter and vanilla extract.
On the stove top, heat Nutella, brown sugar, and honey to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour over the cereal/nut mixture and stir. Use a measuring cup or your hands to place the mixture into a regular sized muffin pan. Put some pressure on them to make them mold like you would a popcorn ball.
Melt 1 ½ cups of chocolate chips in the microwave or double boiler. Be careful not to burn them.
Drizzle the melted chocolate on top of the Nutella Chex Mix Cups. Allow it to harden in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes and pop them out of the muffin pan.
Jason took these to work and the girl who loves Nutella went nuts (see what I did there?). She did suggest to use a mini muffin pan next time as the portion size was a bit large. I really like that idea and will definitely use it in the future.
Another idea was to sprinkle sea salt on the melted chocolate. I love that idea, and you’ll see it happening in the near future!
How to Gift Nutella Chex Mix Cups
Wrap these in a clear cellophane bag and tie a ribbon on top to make a beautiful and thoughtful gift.
If you decide to make these in the smaller, mini muffin pan, either add them to a cookie tin, or place them in a decorative box with a gorgeous red bow.
These make a very creative alternative to the Christmas Cookie Swap. These will be a big hit!
How Can I Meal Prep Nutella Chex Mix Cups
Holidays are so busy. I try to take advantage of what little free time there is and prep meals and treats ahead of time. The easiest way to meal prep these would be to do the following:
- Measure all the cereals and nuts out and put in the large bowl and cover.
- Measure out the honey, Karo (if using), brown sugar and Nutella
- Get the pans ready.
If you do these couple of quick items, it will save you time when you are ready to cook them. The majority of the work is measuring!
If you want a great summer Nutella recipe, make sure to check out our Nutella S’Mores Cups! Another super easy recipe that you need in your back pocket!
No Bake Nutella Chex Mix Bites
Ooey-gooey chex mix bites that melt in your mouth without ever heating up the oven.
- 4 cups Chex Cereal
- 1 cup Rice Krispie Cereal
- 1 ½ cup pretzels
- 1 cup mixed nuts
- 1/4 butter melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup Nutella
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white chocolate chips or melting chocolate
Combine the cereals, nuts and pretzels in a large bowl. Set aside.
Combine the sugar, honey, vanilla and Nutella in a pan and bring it to almost a boil. Take off the heat and pour over the cereal mix and combine.
Once fully combined, place in muffin cups and allow to cool and harden. They will be slightly stiff and yet a little gooey.
Drizzle white chocolate on top both ways (up and down and side to side).
I tried using the large regular size muffin tins and the small size and given the ooey gooeyness of these, I would suggest using the smaller one. When you do that, you will yield 36-48 of them instead of 24.
You can substitute Karo syrup for the honey.
Use the Chex cereal that you like. Everything works.
Recipe inspired by halfbakedharvest.com