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

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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.