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Savory Sesame Snack Mix


  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or oil of choice
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce or Tamari
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 5 cups pre-popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzels
  • 1/2 cup pistachios shelled
  • 1/2 cup pepitas


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a small saucepan, combine avocado oil through garlic powder. Stir. Heat on low-medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and bubbles around the edge for about one minute. Careful not to burn or overcook! It will thicken up a tiny bit.
  • Spread popcorn, pretzels, and nuts evenly on a baking sheet. May want to cover baking sheet with foil or parchment for easier cleanup. Pour sauce evenly over snacks in the pan. Stir gently to combine and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 8 minutes. Stir gently. Bake another 2-5 minutes. Allow to cool completely before packing in an airtight container.


Other Thoughts:
  • While this recipe's claim to fame is the salty, savory profile - if you do need to watch your sodium, choose unsalted nuts and pretzels. The pre-popped popcorn at Aldi's is already pretty low in sodium. Then, just use low sodium soy sauce.
  • Let it cool completely before storing or it will get a little soggy.
  • Feel free to swap any of your favorite nuts.
  • Easily made gluten free with Tamari and GF pretzels, or just omit the pretzels.
Athletes: Calm those salty cravings with a super balanced snack! It is a little higher in fiber - so watch it the 24 hours before a tough run, unless you're the lucky dog with a GI tract of steel.
Healthy Eating: A couple handfuls of popcorn and a side of nuts is a fantastic snack. But, that snack can also get super boring over time. Spice it up with this variation and snack happy!
Kids: This isn't the safest for little guys, as it includes small nuts and popcorn. Save this older kid and adult time.