Football season is in full swing at my house. The Hubster played football at University of Oregon where I met him. He lives, eats and breathes football. Where we live near Seattle, we also have a wild, crazy and wonderful pro team, the Seahawks. My challenge is to have something available that's fun and healthy to snack on throughout this deluge of TV watching.
Meandering through my recipe cards, I discovered this jewel of a recipe. I'm only going to make one small change. No one in the family like raisins. Just me. I've learned to substitute them with dried cherries.
Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix
¼ cup raw sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup unsalted whole almonds
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup unsalted pecan halves
1 cup roasted salted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
1 cup walnut halves
¼ cup organic pumpkin puree
2 Tablespoons organic apple juice
⅔ cup dried cranberries
⅔ cup raisins (dried cherries)
Preheat oven to 250°F. Mix sugar, cinnamon, paprika and pumpkin pie spice in small 1. bowl. Set aside.
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 with spice mixture, tossing to coat well.
Spread evenly on two baking pans.Bake 30-35 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time. Cool completely. Stir in cranberries and raisins. Store in airtight container.