This cinnamon cayenne trail mix is something you never knew you needed, but now you do. I was looking for a trail mix recipe years ago that was slightly sweetened but a little different and came up with this gem. 

The perfect trail mix to keep in the fridge (humidity) or on the counter. Top your yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal, ice cream, or popcorn with it. Or if you’re like me, you can just grab a handful here and there! 

This trail mix was tested for a full month on friends and family so I could get the recipe just right. The slight kick from the cayenne pepper really makes this the best balance of sweet meets savory. 

It also makes for an amazing gift if you throw it in a glass jar.

The E2K community tends to make it the most around the holiday season but I’m giving it a permanent spot on the blog so that you can make it whenever your heart desires. 

This recipe uses unsalted raw nuts and seeds, maple syrup, oil of choice (olive, avocado, or coconut work well here), vanilla, and spices to make up a versatile mix.

Cinnamon Cayenne Trail Mix


  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons oil of choice (I used olive)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 325.
  • Spread the nuts and seeds on the baking sheet in an even layer.
  • Combine wet ingredients and spices in a bowl before evenly coating the nut and seed mixture (on the parchment paper). 
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it is evenly coated and doesn’t burn. When cooled, add optional extras. 

Recipe notes:

Make it your own by adjusting nuts and seed combinations and/or toppings. It’s amazing as is or, to add some sweet fun when cooled, add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of diced dried cherries. For a sweeter mix, use 4 tablespoons maple syrup. For a spicier mix use 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. 


It’s simply perfect, and I hope you’ll try. If you do, please let me know.