Pumpkin Seed Dried Cherry Trail Mix

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You may be familiar with Food Network’s Claire Robinson and her show 5 Ingredient Fix on Food Network. She’s just come out with a new cookbook called, what else, 5 Ingredient Fix: Easy, Elegant, and Irresistible Recipes. While it’s not a healthy cookbook per se, I’m intrigued by anything that makes cooking from scratch convenient and easy. After all, isn’t the reason that so many people are overweight is that they don’t know how to cook and rely on heavily processed convenience food or unhealthy fast food?

So ignore the recipes for Bacon and Egg Salad or German Potatoes. (Though those look pretty darn delicious!) Instead choose the healthy recipes like the ones for Edamame Hummus, Ginger and Lemon Roasted Chicken with Braised Fennel, and Smoky Roasted Peaches. Or just enjoy the beautiful food photography from Stephen Morello.

5 Ingredient Fix would make a lovely present for anyone who loves to cook, but is too busy to fuss with an extensive ingredient list. Busy moms and dads like you, of course, or hard working singles, or graduate students with full schedules, too.

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A pumpkin inspired 5 Ingredient Fix

Looking through 5 Ingredient Fix, I found the perfect recipe to use up all those pumpkin seeds after we carve up our Halloween pumpkins – Pumpkin Seed Dried Cherry Trail Mix!

It’s very easy to make roasted pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas. Last year, I used Simply Recipes’ Toasted Pumpkin Seeds method of boiling the seeds in salt water and then roasting it. This worked out very well, but I used too much salt. Next time, I’m going to use half as much – about half of what Elise recommends. If you’re reading this during the summer or winter, you can often find pepitas in the Hispanic section of your supermarket. And I know Trader Joe’s carries pepitas/pumpkin seeds year round.

Not only is this trail mix a healthy alternative to Halloween candy, but it’ll work as a Thanksgiving football game snack, too, especially when you have extra dried cherries or cranberries from other dishes you may be making.

This Mama’s tips

  • For a treat, stir in some dark chocolate chips or crushed up pieces of dark chocolate bars. The darker the chocolate, the better!
  • If there are nut allergies in the family, omit the almonds. You can use pine nuts instead, as they’re really a seed and not a nut.
  • Substitute other dried fruit, like chopped up dates, prunes or raisins.
  • Sprinkle a little bit of the trail mix on your morning oatmeal or use it to make a yogurt parfait.

A healthy recipe for Pumpkin Seed Dried Cherry Trail Mix at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Pumpkin Seed Dried Cherry Trail Mix


  • 2 cups roasted pumpkin seeds or pepitas
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 6 tablespoons pure Grade B maple syrup
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • 1 cup dried cherries or cranberries


  1. Preheat over to 300 degrees F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds, almonds, and sunflower seeds with the syrup until evenly coated.
  4. Spread the nuts and seeds out in an even, single layer on the lined baking sheets and season with salt.
  5. Bake, stirring several times with a spatula or heavy duty, wooden scraping spoon, until just golden – about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven. Cool the nuts and seeds completely on the baking sheet.
  7. Add the cherries and toss to combine.
  8. Store the trail mix in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: 6 cups
  • Serving size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 217
  • Calories from Fat: 144
  • Total Fat: 16g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Unsaturated fat: 13.6
  • Sodium: 102mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 14.1g
  • Sugar: 6.9g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Protein: 7.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Disclosure: I was given a review copy of 5 Ingredient Fix to facilitate this review. Amazon links are affiliate links. A commission may be earned from a referred sale to their website.

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