Cajun Roasted Trail Mix (Paleo, Vegan & Gluten-Free!)

Cajun Roasted Trail Mix

This delicious smokey Cajun roasted trail mix was born out of a deep hankering for a crunchy yet healthy snack. Loaded with fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins, this is not your average trail mix! This trail mix is so easy to make and calls for only a handful of ingredients, which you likely already have in your pantry.

If using roasted nuts, this recipe will only take you between 20-30 minutes from start to finish.

Which Nuts Should I Use?

The recipe calls for almonds, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, and banana chips, but feel free to spice it up and add any other nuts or add-ins you’d like.

Pecans, cashews, walnuts, and even peanuts would be a fabulous addition! Feel free to get creative and utilize any nuts you have on hand.

Should I Use Roasted or Unroasted Nuts?

I prefer to buy roasted nuts and skip the roasting, but you can totally make this with raw nuts as well. If you use raw, unroasted nuts, you will simply need to roast the trail mix a bit longer; see notes regarding roasting time.

Sweet, smokey, and absolutely delicious, let’s dive into the ingredients and recipe!

Is this Recipe Keto-Friendly?

This Cajun Roasted Trail Mix recipe is vegan, paleo, and gluten-free. The recipe can also be made keto-friendly if using a low-carb maple flavored syrup.

How to Make Cajun Roasted Trail Mix

For the Cajun seasoning:

  • Smoked Paprika
  • Dried Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional)

For the trail Mix:

The nuts and banana chips get coated in avocado oil and sticky sweet maple syrup, and then tossed in the smokey cajun seasoning mix. The result? A divine sweet and smokey healthy trail mix!

It’s important to let the nuts cool off prior to enjoying them – believe me, it’s worth the wait.

These are perfect to snack on post-dinner, or even jar up and gift to family and friends!

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Cajun Roasted Trail Mix

Cajun Roasted Trail Mix

Cajun Roasted Trail Mix

Delicious and nutritious Cajun roasted nuts and unsweetened banana chips.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup Brazil nuts
  • 1 cup unsweetened banana chips (can also use plantain chips)
  • 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup (or 2 if you'd like it sweeter!)
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning


    1. Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Combine almonds, Brazil nuts, unsweetened banana chips, and pepitas in a bowl. Add in the avocado oil and maple syrup and toss to combine.
    3. Add in the Cajun seasoning and toss together until all nuts and banana chips are coated.
    4. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, tossing it around after 8 minutes. If your nuts are raw (unroasted), bake for 25-30 minutes.
    5. Let the trail mix cool off completely, and store in jars or airtight containers.


DIY Cajun Seasoning Mix:

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt (to taste)


The trail mix will keep fresh for 2 weeks in the pantry at room temperature – if it even lasts that long! Enjoy!

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