Pecan Cherry Trail Mix

Pecan Cherry Trail Mix
Prep Time: 
15 minutes
Number of Servings: 
Serves 8
Recipe Source: 
Courtesy of U.S. Pecans,


  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 34 tsp chili powder
  • 18 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 14 tsp salt (preferable coarse kosher salt)
  • 13 cup dried pitted cherries
  • 13 cup roasted and salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 13 cup dried cranberries


  1.  Preheat oven to 350°. Place pecans in a bowl.
  2.  Heat oil in a heavy small skillet over medium heat. Add chili powder and cayenne and stir until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Pour over pecans. Mix in sugar, orange zest, and salt.
  3.  Transfer to a baking pan. Roast until nuts are toasted, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  4.  In a medium bowl, combine toasted pecans, cherries, pepitas, and cranberries. Mix to combine.


Did you know? The American pecan is a national treasure. Out of the seven tree nuts grown throughout the world, the pecan is the only one native to North America.