A Simple Holiday Snack Minus The Pantry Pests

brown sugar with an indian meal moth infestation

Try making this yummy holiday recipe for your next guests. Hopefully you don't find pantry pests!

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If you plan to have a lot of company visiting this holiday season then it is always a good idea to be prepared with some healthy and delicious snacks. Here’s one we love because it’s simple, has few ingredients, and is great to keep around for snacking guests.

Pumpkin Seed Dried Cranberry Trail Mix


2 cups baby pumpkin seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
¾-cup raw sunflower seeds
6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Coarse salt
1 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  3. Toss together pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds and syrup until coated.

  4. Spread the mixture out on the baking sheets and season with salt.

  5. Bake nut mixture about 20 minutes until golden brown. Stir several times during baking.

  6. Cool the mixture then add cranberries to complete. (click here for the full recipe page

Want to make this recipe pantry pest free? Before you take out the food items in the pantry or before you purchase them in the grocery store, you will want to inspect the packaging for any damages or signs of pantry pests. Indian meal moths and other common food-infesting pests likely came from the food processing facility but unfortunately, you may not spot an infestation until you are adding in ingredients.

Keep an eye on your shelved foods and always toss items that are damaged or past their date. And to prevent other pests such as rodents, roaches, or ants from finding your snacks, be sure that you keep your trail mix and other goods stored in airtight containers that will prevent any pests from contaminating them.

For more information on pantry pests as well as other pests that can strike during the upcoming holidays, make sure to contact us at McCauley Services. We provide pest control services for homes in Little Rock, Fayetteville and throughout all of Arkansas. Happy pest free baking from all of us at McCauley Services!

Tags: Little Rock pest control  |  pantry pests  |  indian meal moth  |  holiday pest problems  |  easy holiday recipes  |  thanksgiving recipes

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