By Elena Johnson
When I need a healthy, homemade snack I like to mix up a big batch of vegan party mix. I prefer this to store bought mixes because I can control the calorie and fat content and can avoid unhealthy ingredients like animal products and artificial preservatives. Cholesterol-free, full of flavor, and crunch – this party mix can feed a hungry crowd and makes a healthy afternoon snack as well.
Vegan Party Mix
Makes 13 cups
- ½ c. vegan margarine (like Earth Balance Buttery Spread) or olive oil
- 4 Tbsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce (like The Wizard’s Organic Vegan Worcestershire Sauce), or 2 Tbsp. soy sauce + 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 3 ½ c. oat cereal, such as Barbara’s
- 3 ½ c. wheat or multigrain cereal, such as Barbara’s
- 2 ½ c. mini pretzels
- 2 c. sesame or wild rice sticks
- 1 ½ c. almonds
Melt the margarine in a large baking pan in a 250° oven. Remove pan and mix in the remaining seasoning ingredients. Add the mix ingredients and stir well to coat. Heat party mix in the oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Allow to completely cool uncovered before storing in an airtight container. Party mix will stay fresh for up to a week.
About the Author
Elena Johnson is a second-generation Filipino American living in Baltimore, MD. As a vegan chef and caterer she has been reinventing her family’s recipes and sharing these vegetarian versions of Filipino comfort food with friends, relatives, and those unfamiliar with the flavors of the Philippines. Elena is also the Special Projects Manager at Compassion Over Killing, a national animal advocacy organization focusing on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promoting vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all. Elena combines her passion for vegetarian food with a love of teaching by offering cooking demonstrations to the public. To learn more about why she went veg, visit TryVeg.com. Questions/feedback: email firstname.lastname@example.org.