EWWK: Georgia Pecan and Cherry Trail Mix


1 cup Georgia 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
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, and cranberries and mix to combine. Serve as a snack.

Yield: 2 Cups (serving size: ¼ cup)
Nutrition Breakdown: Calories 250, Fat 5g, (1.5g saturated fat), Cholesterol 45mg, Sodium 420mg, Carbohydrate 34g, Fiber 4g, Protein 18g.
Percent Daily Values: 2% Vitamin A, 70% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium, 35% Iron
Diabetes Exchange Values: 2 Starches, 1 Vegetable, 2 Lean Meats