Healthy Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix and Granola

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix and Granola

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You’re going to love this Healthy Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix and Granola! The granola is great on a low carbohydrate yogurt, smothered in an unsweetened low carb milk (I am in love with flax right now!), or sprinkled on a low carb ice cream. It’s an awesome vegetarian keto option.

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Both the granola and trail mix would be great as Christmas or holiday gifts in a mason jar with a fancy ribbon and tag!

Custom Trail Mix and Family Things

Do you remember when you were a kid, and slowly being exposed to other families’ Things? How cool some of them seemed? Some were weird, like toga disco parties or the birthday song with with the head bonking–what is that all about?

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But other family Things were awesome. As in, awe-provoking. Like smoothies. Don’t laugh. I still remember I was preteen age when I first heard of smoothies. A family we became close with made smoothies all the time.

My family did some pretty cool food Things of our own, but smoothies weren’t one of them. Yogurt and fruit and juice in a cup? Yum!

 

One family I knew had so many Things going for them, it was a rich culture of family Things. Games, vacations, inside jokes, food–sigh. Weird or not, they were amazing. Looking in from the outside, almost everyone wanted to be a part of the culture. Seriously. I remember the day when one of them told me I was like an honorary daughter. You could have handed me the winning lotto ticket, and I wouldn’t have given it a thought. I was on cloud nine. 

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Homemade Trail Mix

It was from this same family that I learned you could make your own trail mix. I know. Kids are easily wonderstruck. Or at least, I was. Gullible, naïve, and constantly wonderstruck were words you could use to describe me through my mid-twenties.

It was a cool concept to me. You take whatever snack food you enjoy, usually from the bulk section of a grocery store–such sections are depressingly difficult to find nowadays!–and mix it all together. How awesome is that!

My trail mix, um, mixing, has evolved since those days. I love homemade trail mix and granola. The two are so similar that it’s easy to make a batch of both at the same time.

My favorite way to make it is to toast the nuts and seeds and give it that delicious toasty crunch that makes even the texture enjoyable. So yummy! 

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My favorite part about this trail mix and granola is the pumpkin seeds. They pop as they expand, and continue to pop when you take the tray out of the oven.

It’s a great recipe to make with kids because it’s easy, but also because you can take the tray out of the oven, immediately place it on a table, and sit around watching the crackling pumpkin seeds slowly “pop and hop” as they cool. So fun!

On the Trail

And, since trail mix is trail mix, we brought some along on a family hike after I made this Pumpkin Spice Granola and Trail Mix recipe. I live in a beautiful place, guys. Don’t be jealous. Just come visit me. We’ll have granola for breakfast and eat trail mix on the mountain. 

 

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Recipe Add-ins, Notes, and Suggestions

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An interesting add-in would be cacao nibs. I didn’t add this to the list of main ingredients because it’s really an acquired taste. If you’re not used to the strong bitter taste of cacao nibs, you may not want to add them in.

 

If you do choose to add the cacao nibs, the flavor gets milder as the mix cools, so I would definitely not sneak any while it’s warm. And if you’re adding in cacao nibs you probably won’t want to skip the sweetener unless you’re really used to cacao nibs. The sweetener balances out the bitterness of the cacao.

Don’t be shy, though! I don’t want to scare you from using cacao nibs. They’re a really fun, healthy addition. All the health benefits of dark chocolate without the added junk.

There’s a link to the cacao nibs I use in and under the recipe. Don’t let the “fermented” part scare you. Cacao nibs are one of those foods that becomes milder when fermented.

The only differences between the trail mix and the granola is the size of the pieces and the addition of hemp seeds to the granola (serious yum!). For example, the pecan halves from the trail mix will be chopped for the granola, and instead of coconut chips, you’d use shredded coconut or small flakes. I ended up chopping my coconut chips.

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The granola is great on a low carb yogurt, smothered in a low carb milk (I am in love with flax right now!), or sprinkled on a low carb ice cream. It’s an awesome vegetarian keto option.

Both the pumpkin spice granola and trail mix would be great as gifts in a mason jar with a fancy ribbon and tag. I hope you enjoy this Healthy Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix and Granola! 

Keto Trail Mix Recipe and Keto Granola Recipe!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix and Granola

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix and Granola

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

What could be easier than using an almost identical ingredient list for TWO different tasty recipes! You can make this trail mix and granola at the same time. At the end, you'll have breakfast AND a snack!

Instructions

For the Trail Mix:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Add pecan halves, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, and cacao nibs (if using) to a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, add egg white, sweetener, and salt. Whisk thoroughly.
  4. Pour egg white mixture over nut mixture, and stir thoroughly. Sprinkle pumpkin spice over the trail mix and stir until evenly incorporated.
  5. Spread on a baking tray lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Bake in 350°F oven for 12-15 minutes, stirring after 7 minutes. Do not allow to brown or burn. Cool on counter.

For the Granola:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Add pecan pieces, pumpkin seeds, coconut, hemp seeds, and cacao nibs (if using) to a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, add egg white, sweetener, and salt. Whisk thoroughly.
  4. Pour egg white mixture over nut mixture, and stir thoroughly. Sprinkle pumpkin spice over the granola and stir until evenly incorporated.
  5. Spread on a baking tray lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Bake in 350°F oven for 12-15 minutes, stirring after 7 minutes. Do not allow to brown or burn. Cool on counter.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 23.6 Total Fat: 14.5g Carbohydrates: 3.3 net carbsg Protein: 4.8g

Looking for more pumpkin spice recipes or breakfasts that don’t feature eggs? Try this Keto Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Danish.

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