The countless different recipes all over the internet claiming to be the “perfect” trail mix indicate that this is a highly personal snack choice.

According to Wikipedia, some say trail mix was invented in the late 1960’s by two California surfer dudes.

Some say trail mix dates back to early 1900’s.

Actually, Native Americans have been eating some version of a nut mix for thousands and thousands of years.

You may have heard the word “GORP” in reference to trail mix – “Good old raisins and peanuts” or “Granola, oats, raisins, and Peanuts.”

“Scroggin” is another knickname. Australians and New Zealanders use this term – sultanas, carob, raisins, orange peel, grains, glucose, and nuts.

These anacronyms are all different and exhausting……

My Recipe

Well, my mix is perfect and hits the spot. The combination of nuts and dried fruit I use in this mix is outstanding.

And, it smells like you opened your windows and invited fall into your kitchen.


David circled the kitchen about 40 times while I was whipping it up for my photo shoot.

“Whatcha makin’?”

When the mix was ready, I had to block him from the fridge just so I could take a single photo while he was muttering “You are taking forever”.

David also says my recipe would be just a tiny bit better if I would consider adding some some shredded coconut.

Here’s a fun fact about me…….I am not a fan of the texture of coconut and never will be.

No, David, that is not happening.

But, if y’all like coconut, go for it.

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Falling for Fall Trail Mix Recipe - J Dub By Design

Falling For Fall Trail Mix

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Here’s a great fall trail mix to keep you energized all day long!



1/2 cup pecan halves

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup shelled pistachios

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup dried blueberries

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped

1/2 cup green raisins

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice

1/2 t kosher salt


  1. Add all of the nuts to a cast iron skillet
  2. Turn the heat on low, and stir the nuts to combine.
  3. Pour the maple syrup over the nuts and stir to mix well.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent sticking on the bottom of the skillet.
  5. Turn the heat off and add the pumpkin pie spice and kosher salt.
  6. Stir to mix well.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Pour the maple syrup nut mixture onto the parchment paper.
  9. Spread the mixture out.
  10. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and allow the nut mixture to cool for approximately 2 hours.
  11. Take the baking sheet out of the fridge and break the mixture into bite size pieces.
  12. Add all of the dried fruit to the nut mixture and mix well.
  13. Store in the fridge.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus 2 hours chilling time)
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: American

I have tried to come up with a fun acronym for my mix. I can not – there are too many consonants and not enough vowels. I’m also going on 3 hours of sleep. So, maybe you are better than me.

Drop me a comment below with your acronym suggestion for my trail mix recipe. Don’t forget to let me know what you like in your own personal mix.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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