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Maple Pumpkin Fall Harvest Trail Mix

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*My maple pumpkin fall harvest trail mix recipe is salty, spicy, and sweet and is the perfect healthy homemade snack recipe for road trips or after school activities* 

*My Maple Pumpkin Fall Harvest Trail Mix recipe is salty, spicy, and sweet and is the perfect healthy homemade snack recipe for road trips or after school activities*

I don’t care what anyone says…it’s totally fall, y’all.

To kick off the season of Pumpkin Spice All The Things!, I am sharing this autumn flavored trail mix recipe that’s so good you’ll keep a stash in your pocketbook, on your counter beside your coffee maker, under your bedside table, and in a small plastic baggy in between your boobs.

Ok, I’m kinda-sorta-a little bit kidding about that last one there, but only kinda sorta.

*My Maple Pumpkin Fall Harvest Trail Mix recipe is salty, spicy, and sweet and is the perfect healthy homemade snack recipe for road trips or after school activities*

I confess! I have this habit of putting things in my bra, especially my phone, for several reasons:

  1. I am a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom so very rarely am I wearing anything other than yoga pants i.e. zero pockets.
  2. I have a two year old who will find the most dangerous thing in the room to play with, and I have to get rid of said object rather quickly before he pokes his eye out AND this little cookie monster also likes to steal my snacks, even if he has the same exact thing in a bowl right in from of him, so I have to stash them so he won’t snatch them all away.
  3. Owen loves to be cuddled and carried around a lot and I almost always have at least one thing in my hand when he wants to be picked up (see #1).

See? So the snacks in the cleavage totes makes sense now right?

Right.

*My Maple Pumpkin Fall Harvest Trail Mix recipe is salty, spicy, and sweet and is the perfect healthy homemade snack recipe for road trips or after school activities*

Sooooo…while I’m on the topic of confessing, I have something else to tell y’all.

If you know me at all, I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but the hubs and I have decided we are moving back to Charleston!!! Talk about a road trip!!!

*cue confetti a la Kevin Bacon in Footloose*

This really isn’t a shocker, and I’m almost certain everyone in our family knew this was coming eventually. When we first moved to North Carolina we were at a completely different point in our lives. We had just gotten married, we were struggling financially, we had just suffered a loss, and we were offered an opportunity that was incredibly intriguing.

The thing is, nothing here has worked out as planned. Well, except for the fact that we have very nearly paid off all of our debts except for my student loans.

Other than that, nothing has happened like we expected it to.

*My Maple Pumpkin Fall Harvest Trail Mix recipe is salty, spicy, and sweet and is the perfect healthy homemade snack recipe for road trips or after school activities*

Our biggest decision maker for the move back is Owen. I found out I was pregnant 3 months after we moved to North Carolina and obviously his well being is at the forefront of every decision we make in our lives. Charleston will offer our son so many more opportunities that he could ever receive here, and we want our son to have the absolute best life we can give him.

Another thing? Will and I have been together for nearly nine years, we’ve been married for close to four, and we have only lived together, with just the two of us, for 11 months.  Seriously. Out of that time, we’ve only been able to truly dedicate 11 measly months to the foundation of our family. That in and of itself warrants a change.

The good news is that neither of us feel as if our time here was wasted. We both picked up some fantastic training in various skills which will do nothing but propel us to success. As I mentioned above, we have paid down a massive chunk of our debts so when we move home, we won’t be scrapping by as much as we were before. We’ve both been able to watch our son grow up without missing milestones because we’ve essentially been able to set our own hours and schedules, and Owen has been able to form an unbreakable bond with his paternal grandparents.

To say I’m stoked would be full of constraint because I am ecstatic, elated, overjoyed, jubilant, proud, thrilled and every other synonym you can think of. As the real estate season comes to a close, my husband and I will be searching for jobs and packing our things in the hopes of being settled before the new year. Our time in North Carolina has been an interesting journey, and I can’t wait to see where the new roads lead.

*My Maple Pumpkin Fall Harvest Trail Mix recipe is salty, spicy, and sweet and is the perfect healthy homemade snack recipe for road trips or after school activities*

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Maple Pumpkin Fall Harvest Trail Mix

Course Healthy Snack
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10 -12 servings
Author Amber Forbes, Slim Pickin's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup pepitas or roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon chips optional

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add maple syrup to a large sauce pan and heat over medium-high heat until just beginning to boil.
  3. Stir in pumpkin pie spice, salt, and nuts and cook, stirring frequently, until the nuts have caramelized and the syrup has reduced. About 3-5 minutes.
  4. Spread mixture in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and let cool completely. The candied nuts will harden as they cool.
  5. Once hardened, and the cherries, apricots, raisins and cinnamon chips to the pan, and stir until ingredients are evenly distributed, breaking the candied nuts into clusters as needed.
  6. Store in an air-tight container.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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55 Comments
  • Sarah
    September 25, 2015

    This is the most delicious looking granola I have ever seen! Loving all the fall flavors. PS – I too am guilty of hoarding things in my bra – when you don’t have pockets sometimes it just has to happen haha

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Waya
    September 25, 2015

    Great recipe for me to make for the grandsons. Thank you.

  • Leslie @ Bessie Bakes
    September 25, 2015

    What a snackalicious trail mix recipe! I get so tired of the same old mixes at the store, which is why I never buy them. I love that you added maple syrup, apricots, and cherries. Adding these lovely dried fruits definitely brings lot a more flavor to the trail mix party!

  • Rachel @ Simple Seasonal
    September 27, 2015

    This looks so yummy! I wish I would have stumbled on this recipe a few days ago. The Pope visited my home town, Philly, and I had to work the weekend as a visiting nurse. Of course we were short staffed and the traffic was INSANE, so I wanted to make some “super visiting nurse trail mix” to power me through the day. What I came I came up with wasn’t nearly is delicious looking as this. Pinning for later!

  • Steph @ Steph in Thyme
    September 27, 2015

    Oh how I love all the mixed textures and dried fruit in this mix. Fall snacking perfection!

    • Amber
      September 28, 2015

      Yay! Thanks, Steph! The apricots and the cherries mixed with the cinnamon chips are out of this world!

  • Katalina @ Peas & Peonies
    September 29, 2015

    That is one perfect snack to have on hand, might just whip it up for our flight to Paris in a few days.

    • Amber
      October 3, 2015

      Let me know if you do and if it travels well! Stay safe, and I hope you have a wonderful trip!

  • Ciao Florentina
    September 29, 2015

    Now this right here could live in my purse all fall long. yes please ! Delicious !

    • Amber
      October 3, 2015

      My thoughts exactly! I plan to have it all season long 🙂

  • Hillary @ 918 Plate
    September 29, 2015

    This would be perfect on the morning vanilla yogurt!

    • Amber
      October 3, 2015

      Or pumpkin yogurt! I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow!

  • Platter Talk
    September 29, 2015

    This fall treat looks perfect for mid-September/early-October and beyond; thanks for sharing!

    • Amber
      October 3, 2015

      The flavors are so September/October although I’m pretty sure I’ll be eating it all year long 🙂

  • molly kumar
    October 2, 2015

    Love fall recipes and this looks so simple n healthy.

    • Amber
      October 3, 2015

      Aren’t fall recipes the best?!? I live for them.

  • WhitBit's Indian Kitchen
    October 2, 2015

    How fun is this?!?!? SO perfect for fall!

    • Amber
      October 3, 2015

      Thanks so much! The fall flavors are insane. It makes you want to cozy up in leggings and fuzzy boots!

  • Heather
    October 4, 2015

    Perfection!! Trail mix is one of my favorites and I love the fall spin of ingredients!! I cant wait to try this!

    • Amber
      October 11, 2015

      Thanks, Heather! Trail mix is my go to as well. I love it!

  • Oana @AdoreFoods
    October 7, 2015

    Loving all the mixed flavors, textures in this fall harvest trail mix. I have to make it!

    • Amber
      October 11, 2015

      Let me know if you do and how you like it!

  • Nancy
    November 19, 2015

    Thank you so much! My hostess gift for Thanksgiving Day!

    • Amber
      November 22, 2015

      Ooh! What a perfect idea! Hope they love it!

  • Lisa Roszler
    September 6, 2016

    I just found this recipe on Pinterest and I. AM. SOLD. Yay for a new trail mix!

    And then I read some of your blog. Mercy! I hope 2016 has been a better year for you!

    I understand brain issues– I have “extra tissue” (in the form of a chiari malformation) which leaves no space in my head for the inflammation that comes when I accidentally ingest glutens. (Then come the brainstem migraines, the ataxia, vertigo, visual disturbances, heart racing episodes, etc ad nauseum.) So I have to be super careful of what I eat… and this trail mix looks to be a welcome snacking addition.

    Or addiction, as it may well turn out to be from the mere looks of it.Thanks! 🙂

    • Amber
      September 12, 2016

      Oh, my goodness, Lisa! I hope you feel better soon! On top of brain issues, I’ve got a few other things going on. I’m currently recovering from knee surgery (my 2nd surgery since December!). I’m a mess, and my husband and I always joke that I’m a 85 yr old 35 yr old b/c I have so many medical issues. Thanks for stopping by, and I let me know how you like the trail mix!

  • Lisa
    September 10, 2016

    Made this last week and been using it on top of Greek yogurt and this morning woke up to 34 degrees so I topped my oatmeal with it. Very tasty and gets you in the mood for fall!????

    • Amber
      September 12, 2016

      Isn’t fall the best?!? So, so, so happy you love the trail mix, Lisa!

  • Chris
    September 11, 2016

    Can’t wait to try this. Going through chemo and need healthy snacks when nothing else appeals to me. How do I store it and how long do you think it will last once stored? I don’t have a lot of days between treatments that I feel well, so was thinking of making a large batch.

    • Amber
      September 12, 2016

      Hi, Chris! I’m so sorry you’re going through chemo, and I’m sending healing and healthy vibes your way. You can store this in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to a week. Thanks so much for commenting, and let me know how you like the trail mix!

  • Kiki
    September 26, 2016

    This recipe sounds yummy and I am going to make it asap! May I ask what cinnamon chips are? Thanks for the recipe! Love love love fall!

    • Amber
      October 26, 2016

      Hi, Kiki! Cinnamon chips are made by Hershey’s and they’re just like chocolate chips, but they’re cinnamon flavored. You can usually find them in the baking aisle around the fall season.

      • Sandy L.
        November 8, 2016

        Hi, I loved this mix. I made it for out of town guests in early October for my daughter’s wedding. I could not find cinnamon chips then and instead used butterscotch chips. The mix was tasty. I’m planning to make it again today to take to an office party!

  • Laura
    October 12, 2016

    Made this tonight and the flavors are SO yummy. But wow, the seeds and nuts came out very sticky. Did I not cook the syrup long enough? Still eating it – but can’t bag for my night stand. 😉

  • Laura
    October 12, 2016

    Made this tonight and the flavors are SO yummy. But wow, the seeds and nuts came out very sticky. Did I not cook the syrup long enough? Still eating it – but can’t bag for my night stand. 😉

    • Amber
      October 26, 2016

      Hi, Laura! I’m sooooooooooooooo sorry for the delayed response! I totally meant to respond earlier, and I sincerely apologize. If the nuts and seeds came out very sticky then, no, the syrup was not cooked long enough. You want to cook and stir the syrup and nuts until the syrup has greatly reduced, or honestly nearly evaporated. It should all pull together tightly and stick together very well. then, when you spread them on the sheet and let them cool, they’ll harden quite a bit. I hope this helps, and let me know if you make it again!

    • Patti
      November 20, 2016

      Mine turned out way too sticky too,but very yummy! I just popped the sheet pan in the oven for a couple of minutes and viola! No more sticky!! Great snack for pre Thanksgiving dinner!!

  • Kari
    November 6, 2016

    Have you ever added oatmeal to the nuts?

  • Stephanie
    October 8, 2017

    How long does this keep for and does it need to be stored in the refrigerator? I am hoping to make it as a party favor and store in mason jars. Thanks!

  • Vanessa
    September 26, 2018

    Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?

    • Amber
      October 16, 2018

      It will keep for about a week or so…if you don’t eat it all before then 😉