Making Maple Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix
This maple pumpkin seed trail mix is a nutritious snack that hits the spot during the fall months. Here are just a few of the great things about this recipe:
- It’s a healthy snack, but it still satisfies your sweet tooth cravings, thanks to maple syrup, golden raisins, and tasty coconut flakes.
- It’s convenient to have on the go, or it’s perfect to include in lunches for work or school.
- It’s easy and fun to make!
Health benefits of pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are the main ingredient in this trail mix for good reason. They’re rich in magnesium, zinc, iron, and antioxidants. They’re also a good source of plant protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and they’re low in carbs.
Kitchen tip: to get the benefits of pumpkin seeds in other meals, sprinkle pumpkin seeds on salads or soups, or cook them into stir fry or vegetable dishes.
Ingredients for your pumpkin seed trail mix
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for your trail mix recipe:
- Raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- Pure maple syrup
- Golden raisins
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon would also work well!)
- Sea salt
Pure maple syrup: the good stuff!
Be sure to use pure maple syrup in this recipe, because it’s the healthier and more delicious option over any syrup substitute. We make our own syrup from our Vermont maple trees right in our own yard, and nothing beats the flavor.
Kitchen tip: Pure maple syrup can flavor a range of different recipes. For breakfast, try Maple Pumpkin Overnight Oats, and for another snack recipe, try Maple Roasted Almonds. For a hearty dinner meal, try the Maple “Sausage” Vegetable Skillet.
Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
For the pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas), you can use either store bought raw seeds or ones scraped out from a pumpkin. The first time we made this recipe, we used seeds from our jack-o-lantern from Halloween, which makes it a fun project to do with your kids.
Making your pumpkin seed trail mix
This recipe is easy and fun to make. The first step is to prepare your pumpkin seeds. If you remove them from a jack-o-lantern, rinse and dry them first. Then toss them with the maple syrup, sea salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
Next, you’ll roast the pumpkin seeds by spreading them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then bake them for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. During this step, be prepared for your entire kitchen to smell like heaven! That’s due to the seasonings and the maple syrup.
You’ll want to stir the seeds once halfway through the baking time, and then a couple more times toward the end of the baking time. This will help them cook evenly and help prevent them from clumping together.
Once the pumpkin seeds cool, combine them in a bowl with the golden raisins and coconut flakes. Then enjoy!
Storing your pumpkin seed trail mix
Pumpkin seeds have a surprisingly long shelf life if stored properly. In an airtight container in the fridge, raw pumpkin seeds will last at least two months, while roasted seeds will last up to a year. That means your trail mix could last up to a year if stored properly! With that said, always check your mix for an “off” odor before consuming.
I hope you enjoy making this simple trail mix recipe as a nutritious, delicious snack!
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Maple Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix
- 1.5 cups raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
- ¾ tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
- 1 cup golden raisins
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Rinse and drain pumpkin seeds. Toss them with maple syrup, sea salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake them for 30 minutes, stirring them halfway through baking time. Toward the end of the baking time, stir again more frequently to prevent seeds from stick to parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, and golden raisins.