Slow Cooker Nuts and Bolts Recipe (2024)

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ThisSlow Cooker Nuts and Bolts Recipeis perfect for when you don’t have the oven available for two or three hours to bake up a bath of nuts and bolts! Now, this recipe is smaller than my usual batch of Nuts and Bolts, but this is also perfect for kids to make as well! My son made himself this very batch in the photos because he wanted to have some as a snack for school. If you are wanting a large batch for a big party, you would have to make a few batches as this is half of my normal batch. That said, my normal batch of Nuts and Bolts is large and in charge! This is perfect for school lunches and snacks for the family during the week.

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Spicy, DeliciousSlow Cooker Nuts and Bolts Recipe

There has to be a happy medium between the ho-hum recipes out there – man, you should see how little butter some of the other recipes for homemade nuts and bolts use! Sacrilege!- and the store-bought bags. Iactually don’t even likethe store-bought bags of bits and bites or nuts and bolts. It has to be homemade nuts and bolts or nothing!

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Why isn’t this called Chex Mix?

We call this slow cooker Nuts and Bolts because we don’t get all of the different varieties of Chex mix that the original recipe calls for. We get Rice Chex and that’s IT! I’m Canadian so we make Nuts and Bolts, not Chex Mix. We are making Homemade Nuts and Bolts and Canadians use far different cereals than my American friends do. Homemade nuts and bolts are far different here in Canada, as the mix that I grew up with also included Shreddies. We always had Shreddies in our homemade nuts and bolts however I don’t include them because those buggers always cut my mouth. Every time!!

And by we made them, I meant that my son made these slow cooker nuts and bolts.

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Which Crockpot should I use to Make Slow Cooker Nuts & Bolts?

For making slow cooker nuts and bolts you are going to need a LARGE crockpot so we recommend a 6-8 quart oval shaped crockpot (slow cooker) such as the one pictured below. While this recipe will certainly work in other styles, this one affords the right amount of space for just the right amount of food. This is a large capacity crockpot at 8 quarts – if you are serious about slow cooking then this baby is affordable, has amazing reviews and is beautiful!

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Tips for Making Great Slow Cooker Nuts and Bolts

  • You have to get rid of moisture, moisture is your enemy when it comes to making nuts and bolts. If your slow cooker doesn’t have a hole in the lid ( and not many do) you are going to have to use paper towel underneath your lid. The paper towel will absorb all of the moisture in the mixture, helping to dry out the pieces from the sauce.
  • You have to stir it so that it doesn’t burn. We found that it is more important to remember this than it is when you make nuts and bolts in the oven.
  • You can add in some hot sauce for a spicy kick!
  • Add in some peanuts as well if you like, we tend to not include them.

Happy slow cooking!


Mike and Karlynn

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Are you looking for the perfect holiday or party snack mix? ThisSlow Cooker Nuts and Bolts Recipe is the best out there!

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Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Total Time
2 hours 5 minutes
Slow Cooker
Fast & Slow Cooking


  • 1 cup of salted butter melted
  • 1/2 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 4 cups of Crispix Cereal plain corn and rice
  • 2 cups of Rice Chex
  • 2 cups plain Cheerios
  • 2 cups of pretzel sticks
  • 1 box cheese stick crackers
  • Optional spices: 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 tbsp dried dill


  • Get out your slow cooker and spray the inside with vegetable cooking spray.

  • In a very large bowl, combine the cereals, nuts, crackers and pretzels. In microwave (or on stove) melt butter and mix in spices and Worcestershire. Pour over dry ingredients and stir gently to mix thoroughly.

  • Place in the crockpot. Place a paper towel over top of the crockpot and place the lid on top. Cook on high for an hour, then remove the lid and stir and turn it down to low. Stir every 20 minutes or so to prevent burning.

  • The mix will be done when you can see that all of the butter mixture has been absorbed and is dry.

Recipe Notes

Original Recipe here: Homemade Nuts and Bolts Recipe

Nutrition Information

Calories: 297kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 848mg, Potassium: 131mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1375IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 89mg, Iron: 7.7mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Kaitlyn Telford says


    I changed a few things from past experience…
    Added a bit more butter
    (extra 3 or 4TBS)
    Also added the optional onion powder as well as a 1/4 tsp of chilli powder and started right away on low heat stirring every 20 mins or so to prevent burning

  2. Susie says


    Ok so maybe this is a stupid question, but I am not so good with instructions. In step 3 it says to take the lid off, turn to low and mix every 20 minutes. Do I leave the lid off for the duration of the low temp?

    • Mike Johnston says



  3. Earl says


    Have not made this yet but the next family getogether it will be on the menu.

  4. Tina McNeely says


    where are the nuts in the nuts and bolts I enjoy it with nuts

  5. SO says


    I followed the instructions to a “T” & it was awful! I will go back to my oven recipe that is very similar to this.

    • Fast & Slow Cooking says


      To each their own but I suspect you didn’t follow the recipe to a T like you mentioned.

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Slow Cooker Nuts and Bolts Recipe (2024)


What cannot be cooked in a slow cooker? ›

10 Foods You Should Never Make in a Slow Cooker
  1. Raw Meat.
  2. Seafood.
  3. Pasta.
  4. Rice.
  5. Delicate Vegetables.
  6. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts.
  7. Dairy.
  8. Wine and Other Liquor.
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Why is my homemade Chex Mix soggy? ›

Using too much liquid. Don't go over the recipe's suggested liquid amounts; that is a sure way to get soggy mix (which, again, nobody wants). Follow this tip: If you need to make a change in liquid ingredients, just keep the amount the same.

What can I use instead of bugles in nuts and bolts? ›

If you don't have Bugles or prefer an alternative for your Nuts and Pretzels snack mix, you can substitute them with another type of crunchy snack or chip. Some good alternatives to Bugles include corn chips (such as Fritos), mini ice cream cones (without the ice cream, of course), or even rolled tortilla chips.

What do symbols on CrockPot mean? ›

On all CrockPot units you have usually three temperature settings. I for Low, II for High and the last symbol (it may be in the form of "squiggly lines" that look like elongated SS) is the Warm setting.

What's the difference between slow cooker and crockpot? ›

However, Crockpots generally have ceramic or porcelain pots, while most slow cookers have a metal pot. As with a lot of cooking appliances, the biggest difference comes from the distribution of heat.

What happens if you don't brown meat before slow cooker? ›

While searing meat before slow cooking can enhance flavors by developing a caramelized crust, it's not strictly necessary. If you skip searing, the meat may lack some depth of flavor, but it will still cook and become tender in the slow cooker.

Is it cheaper to buy Chex Mix or make your own? ›

Homemade Chex Mix Is Cheaper AND More Delicious Than The Store-Bought Stuff. Chex Mix offers variety: the crisp cereal, toasty pretzels, the unique crunch of the bagel chips. This homemade recipe puts the store-bought to shame.

Is it cheaper to buy or make Chex Mix? ›

Homemade Chex Mix is cheaper AND better tasting than anything you can buy at the store. Does homemade Chex Mix need to be refrigerated? You can store homemade Chex Mix at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

What is the dark brown thing in Chex Mix? ›

The brown, round things you are referring to in Chex Mix are known as "Wheat Chex." Wheat Chex is a type of cereal made from whole wheat, and it is a common ingredient in various Chex Mix varieties.

Why did they stop selling Bugles? ›

Bugles were discontinued in Canada in early 2010 due to a decrease in customer demand, but were soon brought back in November 2011 due to a renew in demand. On November 14, 2022, the official Bugles Twitter account confirmed that their products were again no longer available in Canada.

Why are Bugles so unhealthy? ›

Bugles may seem innocent as far as processed snacks go since the ingredient list is pretty short; however, unlike other snacks, Bugles are cooked in coconut oil, which pumps up the saturated fat content to 8 grams per serving. "That's 41% of the daily value for one snack.

What can I substitute bolts with? ›

Adhesive bonding, welding, mechanical joining, 3D printing, and advanced materials are just a few of the alternatives that are reshaping the landscape of fastening techniques.

Should slow cooker be on low or high times? ›

If a dish usually takes: 15-30 mins, cook it for 1-2 hours on High or 4-6 hours on Low. 30 mins – 1 hour, cook it for 2-3 hours on High or 5-7 hours on Low. 1-2 hours, cook it for 3-4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low.

How long can you leave slow cooker on warm? ›

Don't leave it on 'warm' all day

Most appliances will automatically shut off after 20 or so hours on this setting, but you shouldn't leave food in a slow cooker for an extended length of time. The general rule of thumb is that 2-4 hours is the maximum length of time you can leave food in a slow cooker on warm.

What is the difference between high and low setting on a slow cooker? ›

The difference is the time it takes to reach that temperature. Low: 7-8 hours to reach the simmer point. High: 3-4 hours to reach the simmer point.

Can you just throw everything into a slow cooker? ›

For many dishes, particularly soups and stews, you really can just throw all the ingredients in. It can be nice to cook the onions beforehand, as the flavour is different to when you put them in raw, but experiment both ways as you may find you prefer one.

Is it safe to put raw meat in a slow cooker? ›

Research conducted by USDA FSIS indicates it's safe to cook large cuts of meat and poultry in a slow cooker.

Can you put raw hamburger in a slow cooker? ›

You certainly can add raw ground beef to the crockpot. As a matter of fact, many (if not most) slow-cooker chili recipes ask for the meat to be added raw.

Is it OK to put raw chicken in slow cooker? ›

Yes, you can put raw chicken in a slow cooker! Slow cookers and Crock-Pots are designed to cook raw meats. The direct heat from the pot, lengthy cooking time and steam created from the tightly covered container destroys bacteria, making slow cooking safe. You can put frozen chicken in a slow cooker, too!

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