Wintry Weather Chex® Party Mix

picture from redbookmag.com

Ingredients

10 cups Wheat Chex® cereal (or gluten-free alternative such as corn or rice Chex® or combination)
1 cup almonds
1 cup macadamia nuts (or shelled pistachio nuts)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 cups dried pears, chopped (if unable to find, substitute dried tart/green apples)
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup shredded coconut
Salt, to taste
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

In large microwaveable bowl, mix cereal and nuts. In 2-cup microwaveable measuring cup, stir together oil, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract and honey. Microwave 1 1/2 minutes. Add cardamom to sugar mixture and stir until combined. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave uncovered for 3 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after every minute. Stir in dried fruit and coconut. Microwave uncovered for 1 minute. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool, at least 15 minutes, and lightly sprinkle with salt to taste. Once cooled, stir in chocolate chips. Store in airtight container.

Note: If you have a smaller microwave, you will likely need to divide recipe in half and microwave in batches.

Adapted from redbookmag.com