What is Pepitas Trail Mix? More specifically, what are pepitas? There is some discussion about the technical difference between pepitas and pumpkin seeds; however, they are pretty similar. So, if you like pumpkin seeds in your trail mix, you will probably like pepitas.

Peanut and “pumpkin seed” trail mix is a quick, easy, healthy snack food to carry with you any time you need a diabetes friendly snack.  This recipe is also kid-friendly, gluten-free, and vegetarian. It is a quick and easy make ahead recipe for you to take on your next hike, camping or road trip. 

It is packed with protein and a spicy punch, sure to please a crowd and to wake up your taste buds.  If you like your snack foods, really spicy, you can double up on the spices!

Peanut & Pepitas Trail Mix

A delicious snack, and a great way to use those pumpkin seeds after your carve your pumpkin for Halloween!
Course: Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: Fall, Fiber, Halloween, High protein, Kid-friendly, Make ahead, Meal prep, Vegan, Winter
Condition: Chronic Kidney Disease, Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Heart Health, Low Sodium, PCOS, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a sheet tray with aluminum foil.
  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss to combine. Spread evenly on prepared sheet tray.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes, stirring frequently until golden brown.


Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 2g


In addition to a trail mix, this recipe also works well for a happy hour snack food with with either a glass of wine, or beer, And if you want to have happy hour with non-alcoholic beverages, we have a few favorite mocktails you may enjoy.


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Please note:

Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors.



-Recipe blog reviewed and updated by Rebecca Bitzer MS RD LD September 10, 2021

An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.