cajun trail mix

After reading The Good Rain by Timothy Egan, visiting the Hoh Rain Forest landed pretty high on my bucket list. This paradise is situated in the Olympic National Forest, just 40 miles as the crow flies from Seattle. The park offers trails among centuries old Sitka Spruce, western hemlock, coast Douglas fir, and big-leaf maples. Hence, we loaded our packs and boarded a ferry headed for a place that boasts 120 inches annual rain fall. The REI website offers some great trail mix recipes, for instance Cajun Trail Mix which I made for the trek.

cajun trail mix

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 15 minutes


  • ½ cup whole raw almonds
  • ½ cup pecan halves
  • ½ cup walnut halves
  • ¼ cup unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup unsalted shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon
  • ¼ cayenne pepper



Heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir to coat.


Spread the nuts in a single layer on baking sheet and bake, stirring every 5 minutes, until toasted and fragrant, about 12 minutes.


Cool and stir in an airtight container.


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