What a busy weekend! Friday night we went to a local pumpkin patch with my husband’s company. We did the corn maze, other activities they had, and ate dinner there. Saturday we got up first thing, and drove up into the mountains. We went to visit some friends who live up there, and take advantage of a free hotel stay we earned. We spent the day at our friends house catching up, and watching the boys play like crazy. They have 5 kids, so when we get together, it is a little chaotic. Sunday we had to be back here by early afternoon for a Lego Robotics meeting. So now that we are back to work for Monday, I kind of feel like I need a day to relax. Isn’t that always the case after a good weekend though?
When you are hanging out with friends, snacks always seem to be involved. Whether it is full on hot appetizers, chips with dip, or a few munchies; food always seems to be around. And now that we are in football season, weekends seem to be filled with even more snacking opportunities. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining! I just like to make sure to switch it up, and not have the same thing all of the time. And, I love it if I can make it a little healthier, and not feel bad eating it.
Cheddar and jalapeno together is one of my husband’s all time favorite flavor combinations. If you see that as an option on a snack, menu, or anywhere; you can bet that is what he will pick. So to make these cheddar jalapeno pretzels instead of butter I used olive oil. Olive oil is known to be heart healthy, so it is a super easy way to feel a little better about your snacks. This isn’t the first time I swapped butter for olive oi. You may remember when I made these Double Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies, well this time though I used the STAR Fine Foods Butter Flavored Olive Oil. A great switch that you can make, without changing the taste.
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- 4 cups pretzels
- 1/3 cup STAR Butter Flavored Olive Oil
- 2 rounded Tbsp cheddar cheese powder (popcorn seasoning will work too)
- 1/2 tsp Jalapeno Powder
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon liner.
- In a bowl toss pretzels and olive oil to coat. Sprinkle cheddar cheese powder and jalapeno powder over the pretzels, and mix until well coated.
- Spread on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Remove and let cool completely. Let sit for at least 4 hours before serving, best served the next day. Store in an air tight container for up to one week.
1/2 tsp of jalapeno powder gives a small amount of heat, add more if you like it spicy.
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