Pecans are the most versatile tree nut — they can be eaten alone — raw, roasted or flavored — as a healthy, delicious snack or they can enhance almost any recipe as an ingredient. Pecans are perfect as a topping or ingredient in salads, vegetables, yogurt, oatmeal, sauces, breads and, of course, every kind of dessert. Store pecans in the freezer and have them on hand year-round.

Pecan Cherry Trail Mix

Pecan Cherry Trail Mix

Servings: N/A | Prep: N/A | Cook: 15


1 cup 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 (pumpkin seeds) 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 (pumpkin seeds), and cranberries and mix to combine. Serve as a snack.


Calories : 210 Polyunsaturated : Total Carbohydrates : 13
Total Fat : 16 Trans Fat : Dietary Fiber : 2
Cholesterol : 0 Saturated Fat : 2 Protein : 5
Monounsaturated Fat : Sodium : 115  

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