Georgia Pecan Cherry Trail Mix

  • Yields 2 Cups (8 1/4-Cup Servings)


    • 1 cup Georgia pecan halves
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (such as canola oil)
    • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt (preferably coarse kosher salt)
    • 1/3 cup dried pitted cherries
    • 1/3 cup roasted and salted pepitas
    • 1/3 cup dried cranberries


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the pecans in a small bowl. Heat the oil in a heavy small skillet over medium heat. Add the chili powder and cayenne and stir until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Pour over the pecans. Mix in the sugar, orange zest, and salt. Transfer the mixture to a small baking pan. Roast until the nuts are toasted, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

In a medium bowl, combine the toasted pecans, cherries, pepitas, and cranberries and mix to combine. Serve as a snack.

Nutrition Profile: 210 calories, 16 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 5g protein.