Heat the smoker up to 250 degrees using indirect heat. For a gas grill, turn off the center burners. For the Big Green Egg, use the Plate Setter. Add your favorite smoking chips to the grill. Fruit wood typically provides the best results.
Place all the seeds and nuts into a disposable aluminum pan. Place it in the smoker for 90-120 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. You'll know they are done when they turn a deep, toasty brown.
Remove the nuts/seeds from the smoker and allow them to cool completely. You'll see that they will get crispy as they cool.
Place the cooled nuts and all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.
Add them to individual sized plastic Ziploc bags and store for up to three months.
Nut Choice: Make sure to use raw and unsalted varieties. Perfect for Gift Giving: If you are going to give these as gifts, but some decorative clear party bags and cute ribbon. This is a phenomenal give that your friends and family will adore!Optional Seasoning: If you want to add some Zing! to your recipe, spray a little olive oil over the nuts and seeds before you place them on the grill and sprinkle on your favorite BBQ rub. I like to add a spicy variety and the heat is offset by the sweetness in the chocolate and fruits. Don't Overpower with Smoke: A little smoke goes a long ways. If you haven't ever done this, just use a handful or two of wood chips. You don't need big, billowing puffs of smoke. A light trickle will do the job perfectly. You'll find that the smoke flavor intensifies over the next several days. The first time we made these, we used way too much and the flavor was a bit overpowering.Storage: Store in the pantry for up to 3 months or in the refrigerator for 4-5 months. They don't last that long though. Optional Ingredients: Use whatever dried fruits you like. Add or delete the chocolate. This is a great recipe to "clean out the pantry" and start fresh.