Making trail mix is something almost anyone can do and something that can be seasonal like in the case of this recipe. Real pumpkins played a part in my autumn, Halloween-inspired approach but can just as easily be done with buying them in a package. (That is way less messy and much easier--but where is the fun in that? It goes perfectly with a family on pumpkin carving night.)
2 cups pumpkin seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
6 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup dried pitted prunes (cut up if too big)
1 king size bar dark chocolate chopped
Preheat oven to 300° Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. (If using pumpkin seeds fresh from the pumpkin, dry over night.)
Toss pumpkin seeds, almonds, and sunflower seed in a large bowl. Cover with the syrup and honey and mix evenly. Spread everything from the bowl onto the baking sheets and salt. Throw the trays in the oven and cook, mixing them up once in a while, for 20 minutes. Allow to cool.
Throw the cooled mixture into a bowl and add the prunes and chocolate. Toss and share.
Recipe courtesy of Mark Patrick Spiecher (The Manic Cheater). Original blog post.