Van’s Sweet & Savory Nutty Cranberry Mix

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It’s back to school time, which means us, moms, have set some resolutions for the family. If you are like me, we are focusing on our health. That’s why I am excited to share with you a delicious, better-for you snack that the whole family will enjoy! Fortunately, food companies like Van’s Foods NEVER use artificial flavors or artificial sweeteners. Ever. They also gluten-free breakfast options, snack bars and crackers. My kids love packing snack bars in their backpacks, BUT I decided that I want to “spice” up their afternoon snack with this Sweet & Savory Nutty trail mix as a treat. Make this recipe on the weekend, and put them in reusable snack packs, so they can grab it in the morning.

Van’s Sweet & Savory Cranberry Mix
The Perfect Portable Snack – sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy
IMG_6743 Spiced Pecan Ingredients
1 lb pecans
1/3 C brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp freshly grounded nutmeg
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp pure maple sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp sea salt

Add all ingredients to a slow cooker. Toss gently to combine. Cook LOW for 1 1/2 hours, stir occasionally. When the sugar and butter have melted and the nuts are toasted, pour out onto a foil lined baking pan and let cool. Pecans will keep for two weeks in an airtight container.

Trail Mix Ingredients
Box of Van’s Cranberry Almond Snack Bars, cut into small pieces
2 C Van’s Cinnamon Heaven Cereal
2 C Spiced Pecans (recipe below)
1 C pitted dates
1 C dried cranberries
1 C salted almonds

Once the pecans are done, combine all the trail mix ingredients in a large bowl. Store mix in an airtight container.


  1. Yummy! I pinned this one for future reference for sure. Would be great teacher gift or even a Christmas gift for neighbors.

  2. yummy! id love this just to carry around in my bag, i always need new ideas for snacks, also pinned it! thanks!

  3. Trail mix is one of my hubby’s favorite snacks, this is definitely something I’ll try! Yum!

  4. I love that this is made right in the crock pot… Let it simmer… as you get your work down throughout the day. =)

    Huge fan of trail mixes too

  5. These look delicious and love that it is simple! We love Van’s so I will have to try them out.

  6. I would love to have some of that trail mix to put in my yogurt! Looks delish!

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