Pumpkin Pie Spice Roasted Almond Trail Mix

Pumpkin Pie Spice Almond Trail Mix
Stephanie Clarke, MS, RD & Willow Jarosh, MS, RD
Total Time 25 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 20 min
Yield 2 cups (179 cals per 1/4 cup)

Get a taste of your favorite pumpkin pie flavors in trail mix form. Trail mix can be packed with sugar, but this recipe relies on antioxidant rich spices to deliver flavor so less sweetener is needed.

AlmondsĀ and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) bring inflammation fighting healthy fats and protein to the table, while whole grain cereal delivers high fiber carbohydrate, a combination that keeps your energy level stable and hunger at bay.

Ingredients

  •  1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup whole grain unsweetened cereal, such as bran flakes or shredded wheat

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. In a small bowl, toss almonds with pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt.

3. Drizzle maple syrup over the nuts and toss to coat so that spices are sticking to the nuts.

4. Bake nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil for approximately 15 minutes, or until fragrant.

5. Add pepitas to the tray 5 minutes before the end of baking time, to toast lightly.

6. Toss the almonds and pepitas with the dried cranberries and cereal.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

As long as you swap foods from the same groups (i.e. an equal portion of walnuts in place of almonds, or an equal portion of dried apricots in place of dried cranberries) in equal amounts, the combinations of trail mix are endless and the basic nutrition (protein, carbs, and fat) will stay appropriate.

For example, swap cinnamon with ginger to make a ginger snap mix. Swap sunflower seeds for pepitas to change the flavor/texture. Try raisins or dried apricots instead of cranberries. Swap in roasted chickpeas for the whole grain cereal to boost protein.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Allow to cool completely before storing or the mix can get mushy. Watch mix carefully when baking because it can go from perfect to burned in a matter of minutes!

To keep portions in check, portion trail mix into containers or zip-top bags to grab on-the go.

This makes a great snack to keep in your car, handbag, or in your desk at work so you're always armed with a healthful, antioxidant-rich fuel, and never left staring into the vending machine.

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