Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix
Published Oct 01, 2012, Updated Oct 06, 2021
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This pumpkin spice trail mix is loaded with a variety of nuts, dried fruit and a pumpkin spice flavor. Snack by the handful or use as a topping for yogurt.
I’m the trail mix queen. I know, bold statement but trail mix is probably in the top five when I think of my favorite snacks. I even have a blog post all about trail mix with a few different flavor variations. There are so many varieties and they always include two of my favorites: nuts and dried fruit. Oh, and chocolate. Gotta love trail mix with chocolate.
Now that it’s fall, I can’t stop making pumpkin treats so naturally, I decided to make a pumpkin spice trail mix! It’s the perfect mix of salty and sweet. It would be fun to set out a bowl of this at Thanksgiving or handing out little treat bags of this for Halloween.
Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix Ingredients
- nuts – I used a mix of raw whole almonds, raw pecans, raw walnut halves but you can use whatever you have on hand. Cashews would be delicious!
- rolled oats – make sure you grab gluten-free oats if necessary! I like Bob’s Red Mill brand.
- raw pepitas – also known as pumpkin seeds! Adding to your trail mix boosts the plant-based protein and is on theme with our pumpkin flavored trail mix!
- coconut sugar – a natural sweetener. You can also use brown sugar.
- seasonings and spices – ground cinnamon, paprika, pumpkin pie spice and sea salt.
- pumpkin puree – canned pumpkin puree works great but you can also make your own pumpkin puree!
- all natural apple juice or apple cider – try to get all natural, as it will have less added sugars! I like to pick up apple cider from the farmers market! Also note that I do mean regular apple cider and not apple cider vinegar!
- dried cranberries and raisins – dried fruit adds such a nice texture to trail mix!
How to Make Homemade Trail Mix
Mix dry ingredients – In a large bowl, mix the almonds, oats, pecans, pepitas and walnuts.
Mix wet ingredients – Mix together the pumpkin puree and apple juice or cider. Pour the mixture over the nuts and toss until the nuts are evenly coated. Sprinkle the mixture with coconut sugar, cinnamon, paprika, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Toss to coat.
Bake – Spread the trail mix evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 250ºF for 30-35 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Cool – Let the mixture cool completely and then stir in the cranberries and raisins.
How to Store Homemade Trail Mix
Store your homemade trail mix in an airtight container. It will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week, up to a month in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. Ours never makes it past a week… it’s too tasty!
Variations & Substitutions
One of my favorite things about trail mix is how customizable it is! I recommend keeping the seasoning the same since this is a pumpkin spice trail mix but feel free to change up any of the items listed below.
- Nuts – I love the combination of nuts I used but you can absolutely switch up which nuts you use. Keep the ratios the same so you’re adding the same amount of volume! I bet cashews would be delicious!
- Seeds – Same as the nuts, you can definitely swap out the pumpkin seeds for a different nut or seed of your choice. Try sunflower seeds for a similar size.
- Dried fruit – Same here! Use any dried fruit you’d like, just make sure you keep the ratios the same. Goji berries would make a great substitute.
A Festive Treat!
Like I mentioned above, this is the perfect trail mix to have sitting out for any fall gathering. I also plan to bag these up to pass out to some of our friend’s kiddos for Halloween this year. Love the idea of a homemade treat instead of a sugar-laden snack!
Want More Trail Mix Recipes? Try These
- Breakfast Trail Mix
- Pizza Trail Mix
- Tropical Trail Mix
- Mango Curry Trail Mix
- Chunky Monkey Trail Mix
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix
- Trail Mix Coconut Butter Cups
- Pistachio Trail Mix
Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix
- 1 cup raw whole almonds
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup raw pecan halves
- 1 cup raw pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
- 1 cup raw walnut halves
- ¼ cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
- 2 Tablespoons all natural apple juice or apple cider
- ⅔ cup dried cranberries
- ⅔ cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- Place almonds, oats, pecans, pepitas and walnuts in large bowl.
- Mix together pumpkin puree and apple juice; pour over nut mixture and toss until nuts are evenly coated. Sprinkle mixture with coconut sugar, cinnamon, paprika, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Toss to coat well. Spread trail mix evenly on a baking sheet. You can use a parchment lined sheet for easy clean up.
- Bake 30-35 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time. Cool completely. Stir in cranberries and raisins. Store in airtight container. Will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week, up to a month in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.