Baked Pear Trail Mix (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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This toasty, crunchy 100% plant-based trail mix features loads of fresh pears, oats, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, and spices. Packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals, this Baked Pear Trail Mix is light in sugar and fats, and heavy on flavor and nutrition. Bake it up as a healthy snack for the whole family; kids will love it in their lunchboxes and grownups will savor it in briefcases and gym bags. This trail mix is also delicious sprinkled over cereal, plant-based yogurt or ice cream, or fruit.

This recipe is gluten-free and vegan, and you can swap out any ingredients for others to meet your flavor preferences or pantry stores. For example, try walnuts instead of almonds and pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds. With only 10 ingredients, you can whip this up in no time, and then let it bake slowly in the oven while you’re cooking dinner.

Pears, almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds are the key ingredients in this healthy, delicious trail mix recipe.

Mix all of the ingredients together before baking on a sheet in the oven.

Bake trail mix until golden brown.

Print Author: Sharon Palmer Yield: 16 servings (about 1/2 cup each) Print Recipe Pin Recipe Ingredients 2 medium pears (try Green Anjou), unpeeled, diced into small pieces (about ½ inch); (about 2 ½ cups diced) 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 cups old-fashioned oats, gluten-free 1 cup raw almonds 1 cup raw cashews 1 cup raw sunflower seeds ¼ cup peanut or almond butter 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice Instructions Preheat oven to 275 F. Place diced pears in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice, stirring to coat the pears. Add oats, almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds. In a small bowl, mix together peanut or almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, water, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth. Mix the butter-maple syrup mixture into the pear-oat-nut mixture, combining well to moisten dry ingredients. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and spread trail mix evenly in the pan. Place in oven and bake on top rack for 1 ½ hours, stirring every 20 minutes. Turn off oven and keep pan in oven for an additional hour to dry pears. Remove from oven and transfer to an airtight container. Nutrition Serving Size: 1/2 cup Calories: 229 Sugar: 6 g Sodium: 23 mg Fat: 18 g Saturated Fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 29 g Fiber: 5 g Protein: 11 g
Keywords: pear, trail mix, baked, snack
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For other recipes featuring pears, check out some of my favorites:

Ginger Pear Date Oats
Cranberry Pear Steel Cut Oats
Pear Fennel Salad with Arugula 

For more information on pears, check out this blog.

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