Caramel Pecan Snack Mix, 6 points+

by DanicasDaily on December 17, 2012

Happy Monday all!  I loved hearing about all your holiday baking traditions on yesterday’s post.  It is such a fun time of year that holds so many great memories for me of getting together with my Mom, Sis, Nieces, Nephews and friends to have Holiday “Bake-A-Thons” each year.  We all usually spend the first part of December drooling over all the recipes we found that we want to bake.  Then, in a “marathon” weekend, we bake a million things, package them off and spend the next week handing them out for everyone to enjoy.

This recipe for Caramel Pecan Snack mix is one that my mom has made for us for years.  I think it is one way she “secretly” got us all to eat our whole grains.  The Quaker Oat Squares are naturally delicious with their sweet hints of brown sugar, but, cover them in a buttery caramel sauce takes them to a whole other level.  As this mix cooks, the pecans get all roasted and the caramel covers them making them taste like candied caramel pecans.  You could add a sprinkle of flaked sea salt at the end to make this mix a little salty, a little sweet, a little nutty and a whole lotta crunchy.

I will be the first to admit it’s hard to stop at just a 1/2 cup serving….but, some things are totally worth it especially when they are made with love and only come around once a year.

QUAKER OAT SQUARES CARAMEL PECAN SNACK MIX (print it!)

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INGREDIENT

  • 8 cups Quaker Oat Squares
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Add the cereal and pecans and stir to mix.

2.  Combine the corn syrup, brown sugar and butter in a microwave safe dish.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Remove, stir and microwave for 30-60 seconds or until the butter in melted.  Stir in vanilla and baking soda.  Pour mixture over cereal mix and stir to coat.

3.  Bake for 1 hour at 250 degrees, stirring every 20 minutes.  Spread the caramel pecan oat square snack mix on a baking sheet to cool.  Once cooled, break into pieces and store in an air tight container.

Makes 20 servings, 1/2 cup each, 6 points+

Nutritional information per serving calculated at caloriecount.com

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HERE ARE ALL THE LINKS TO THE RECIPES YOU SAW ON YESTERDAY’S BAKING POST:

The recipe for the Coconut, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies is coming up tomorrow.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

Do you make any “snack mixes” during the year or just for the holidays?

Night all!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Gail H. December 18, 2012 at 4:07 am

My printer is humming away, and my Pinterest boards are getting full! What great treats to wake up to :)

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Regina December 18, 2012 at 6:51 am

Homemade Chex Mix is a must at our house every year.

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Amy Timm December 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

Which version of the Quaker Oatmeal squares do you use, they have a few different ones now.

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DanicasDaily December 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

Hi Amy,

I used the Brown Sugar Quaker Oatmeal Squares but imagine any would work.

Danica

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Dotty December 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try this.

Dotty

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Tami @Nutmeg Notebook December 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I bet that is delicious. I make my own granola but no snack mix per say!

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Pam December 21, 2012 at 7:32 am

I made this yesterday…wonderful! I took some to my hairdresser as a gift and she was joyously munching as I left. I printed out warning labels about its addictive properties for the ones my husband took today. Making more today. Thanks. Pam

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Kathy December 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

OMG it sure does need a warninG label. It is delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe (I think LOL).

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