Spicy candied cajun trail mix made easy in the instant pot! What’s not to love? This candied cajun trail mix is the perfect quick and healthy snack and total crowd pleaser. Cajun Spices, maple syrup, nuts, seeds, and chickpeas all cooked together then mixed with dried mango for a sweet touch. It’s vegan friendly and naturally grain free!
As I sit here writing this post I have a stash of cajun trail mix in the freezer. Yes, the freezer! My secret food hiding place. Can you believe that? In my mind, I think that I might not ever have this spicy goodness of snack again, so I sneak out a few servings and hide it from my spicy snack loving husband. Um, raise your hand if you have ever done that? I know I’m not alone here ya’ll. Ha, at least I hope not.
The truth is there is plenty of food to be shared and this Candied Chickpea Cajun Trail Mix is actually quite budget friendly and QUICK to make. So I’m not even sure why my brain tells me to hide all the snackage. LOL! I guess you could say that trail mix is the way to my heart. Oh and candied recipes, for sure. I covet thee!
But I’m learning. Learning that good healthy food can be made AGAIN in no time. Like 10 minutes! How? Oh you know where I’m going with this. Yes, it’s magic. Magic from the INSTANT POT ya’ll!
Instant pot oh Instant Pot…. where have you been all my life? I jumped on the bandwagon ya’ll. Can you blame me? Haha! For those of you have one, you know what I mean. Instant gratification, instant healthy meals, instant GOODNESS on your plate (and on the table) in a matter of minutes .
The Instant Pot is Programmable Pressure Cooker designed to speed up cooking times (safely) using up to 70% less energy! I also love that it has a smart cooking program settings! Each of those “smart” programs control the cooking process with four parameters: heating intensity, temperature, pressure and duration. Which means i don’t have to think about all that time/temperature accuracy. Another thing not to think about? Um, yes, needed. My brain could use a rest.
My taste buds, on the other hand, are ready to dive in.
Anyway, I just had to share about this new cooking toy ya’ll. And no, I wasn’t paid to say that. Realness chat. Plus you know I am all about sharing tools that will help us all eat REAL NOURISHING food in a convenient affordable way! Mr. Instant Pot is changing lives ya’ll, and for the better. And it definitely is changing my food hoarder tendencies. LOL! Phew!
Speaking of life changing moments. I guess I could (should) share what’s actually in this LIFE CHANGING Instant Pot Candied Chickpea Cajun Trail Mix.Print
Just simple ingredients. Chickpeas (of course), raw pecans halves, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, butter (or vegan butter), cajun spices (CAYENNE of course), maple syrup, ginger, a hint of lime, and then chili spiced dried mango. You’re ready to covet that too, right?
Sure you are. Spicy summer snacking. BRING IT ON!
If you have an instant pot, please share with me your favorite recipes! I’d love more.
Any cajun trail mix lovers out there? DO you hoard it? Yes you do!!! Totally fine by me!
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