Let’s make Gluten-Free Bunny Bait! This sweet Easter Chex Mix is quick, easy, and majorly addictive. A delightful Easter dessert recipe!
Today seems like the perfect day for a no-bake treat, and with spring here and Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect day to make some Easter Bunny Bait! Have you tried it?
This sweet Easter Chex Mix is one of those glorious sweet & salty snack mixes that keeps me coming back for more! I love that it’s a quick no-bake recipe, so it only takes a few minutes to mix up but it’s a crowd favorite with kids and grown-ups. You can also package it up to tuck into Easter baskets, serve for movie night, or deliver to friends and neighbors. So fun, right?
Let’s make a batch for your Easter celebration!
Here’s what you’ll need to get started on this sweet Easter snack mix…
What Is Bunny Bait?
Bunny bait (sometimes called Easter bunny bait) is a cute little nickname for Easter-themed Chex Mix. (Think an Easter snack mix so delicious it would tempt the Easter bunny.) It’s a cute no-bake treat made with cereal, spring candy, and white chocolate coating.
Here’s What Goes Into Our Easter Chex Mix:
- Rice Chex & Corn Chex. Since we’re making gluten-free bunny bait, I use a mix of gluten-free cereals. I like mixing Rice Chex & Corn Chex for the mix of colors and flavors, though you can absolutely do all of one or the other!
- Cheerios. Next up is some Cheerios. You can use plain Cheerios, but I usually choose the multigrain Cheerios for a bit more color. Whichever you like!
- Gluten-Free Pretzels. Let’s add some salty to this Easter Chex Mix! I like the Snyder’s gluten-free pretzels for this, but Glutino gluten-free pretzels are another good choice. Some bunny bait recipes use pretzel sticks, but I like regular pretzels so the shapes are a bit more uniform.
- M&Ms or Chocolate Candies. Here’s where we add some cute color! Scoop up the pastel M&Ms around Easter for a cute spring touch. Some folks prefer to use Cadbury eggs or other pastel candies here. That works, too! I love the bright pastel colors of the Easter m&m candies!
- Salted Peanuts. My own little spin. I like adding a bit more salty crunch to my Easter Chex mix, so I’m adding salted peanuts. They’re delightful paired with the chocolate and round out the mix nicely. If you’ve got a peanut allergy, feel free to swap them for more cereal.
- White Chocolate, White Candy Melts, Or Vanilla Almond Bark. Lastly, to bind the whole Easter snack mix together, you’ll use a bit of vanilla almond bark (easiest to work with!), white candy melts (that come in wafers) or some white chocolate (like Ghirardelli or Guittard).
How To Make Easter Bunny Bait, Step By Step:
- Prep Your Station. Spread out a few sheets of parchment paper (I like to put mine on a baking sheet or two).
- Combine The Bunny Bait Ingredients. In your largest mixing bowl, combine rice Chex, corn Chex, Cheerios, gluten-free pretzels, m&ms, and peanuts.
- Melt The White Chocolate Coating. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt vanilla almond bark in 20-30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval until the white chocolate coating is smooth and has no lumps.
- Drizzle & Stir. Pour the melted vanilla bark over the cereal mixture and stir to combine. (You want to coat everything well with the white chocolate mixture.)
- Spread Out & Cool. Transfer the coated cereal onto your prepared sheets of parchment and let it cool to set. It will form some clusters as it cools. I like to leave some larger sections and some smaller sections rather than breaking it all up.
- Serve & Store. Enjoy right away or store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The Best Easter Chex Mix
Can I Make This Dairy-Free? If you use dairy-free white chocolate/candy coating & swap out the m&m’s for a dairy-free chocolate candy, like Unreal candies, ChocoNoNo’s or Little Secrets, this bunny bait can be dairy-free!
This Works For All The Holidays! This Easter Chex Mix recipe can be re-worked for just about any holiday or special occasion–just swap out the M&Ms! Use seasonal m&ms to make Halloween Chex Mix, 4th of July Chex Mix, Christmas Chex Mix, Valentine’s Chex Mix, or classic rainbow colors to change the look. It’s one of my favorite things for any holiday!
Our Favorite Way To Package Chex Mix For Gifting. Whenever we’re packaging up sweet Chex mix for giving to friends or neighbors, I like to scoop it into these large treat bags and tie it with a cute ribbon. This pretty pastel ribbon would look adorable for Easter!
More Mix-Ins You Can Try. Add a fun touch by adding a few Easter sprinkles, or mix in some popcorn for a bit of crunch or some mini marshmallows (to look like bunny tails). Or, change out the m&ms for candy eggs or even Reese’s pieces to play up the peanut butter note!