This sweet and spicy snack mix makes the perfect on the go snack no matter where your busy day takes you!
Ingredients for the Chili Maple Pecans:
1 Tablespoon butter or coconut oil
1 c. raw, unsalted pecan halves
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
¾ teaspoon chili powder
Ingredients for the Snack Mix:
1 batch chili maple pecans
1 box Simple Mills Farmhouse Cheddar
and/or Simple Mills Smoky BBQ Cheddar Crackers
½ cup chopped jerky (beef, turkey, etc)
2/3 cup chopped dried unsweetened and unsulfured apples
¼ cup golden raisins
¼ cup sunflower seeds
To Make the Chili Maple Pecans:
the butter or oil in a large heavy bottomed pan (such as cast iron) over medium high heat.
the pecans and STIR
until they are coated with butter/oil.
the maple syrup and STIR
for about 1 minute until the pecans are well-coated.
the pan from the heat
the pecans with chili powder and salt.
aside to cool and harden.
the pecans from the pan once they are completely cooled (and break them up if some have stuck together).
To Make the Snack Mix:
the pecans together with the crackers, jerky, apples, raisins and sunflower seeds until well combined.
Reduce chili powder to ½ teaspoon, if you prefer a more subtle chili flavor.
Make this nut free by eliminating the pecans, or replacing them with pumpkin seeds.
Make this vegetarian or vegan by using vegan jerky.
If you don’t plan to eat this snack mix within 48 hours of making it, use raw or roasted pecans instead of the chili maple pecans.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 48 hours (with chili maple pecans) or 1 week (with raw or roasted pecans).