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Healthy Sweet and Spicy Nuts & Bolts

I love snacking … chips, mixed nuts, party mixes, Doritos–anything salty and savoury! But I needed to find a more responsible way to snack. So I decided to break up 💔 from store-bought snacks and make my own.

I looked for various homemade snack recipes and found several popular Nuts & Bolts recipes from the internet. But most of them still used a high amount of fat (oil or butter) and sodium. So if you know anything about me, I started modifying the recipe into a healthier version that cut down on the fat and salt. This recipe has now become our staple snack at home and I prefer to make it extra sweet 🍯 and spicy 🌶️ for us.

The recipe below is only slightly spicy, but please see Tip section for how I made mine extra spicy, sweet, and garlicky. Also, you can currently buy a few different flavours of Goldfish snacks including a pretzel version. I LOVE Goldfish 🐠, so naturally I used all of them in the recipe.

Try out different variations by adding your own herbs or spices. Leave a comment below 👇 if you discover a new flavour to share with others.


Note: You will only need 1 box of each cereal, which allows you to make this recipe 3x.

  • 1/2 cup pretzel Goldfish
  • 1/2 cup rainbow Goldfish
  • 1/2 cup cheddar Goldfish
  • 1 cup Cheerios cereal
  • 1 cup Shreddies cereal
  • 1 cup Honey Nut Chex cereal
  • 1 cup Chex Rice cereal
  • 1 cup Crispix cereal
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1.5 tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  1. Make the seasoning base by combining all the dry ingredients with melted butter.
  2. Drizzle the seasoning base onto the cereal and mix thoroughly until evenly coated.
  3. Bake at 200F for 2 hours, mixing every 30 minutes to prevent burning.

Tip: Flavour Variations

The recipe above is a good starting point for a savoury Nuts & Bolts snack. But I like my Nuts & Bolts extra spicy, sweet, and garlicky. So I take these extra steps to add more flavour to the recipe.

  1. Follow the above instructions and then split the seasoned cereal into two batches.
  2. For the 1st batch, drizzle the mixture with Sriracha and sprinkle more cayenne powder (to your preferred level of heat).
  3. For the 2nd batch, drizzle the mixture with honey and sprinkle with garlic power (to your preferred taste).

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