With fall just around the corner, you may be keeping your eyes peeled for unique but simple recipes for gatherings or a healthy snack. Pumpkin seeds are a very versatile food. You can put them in everything from cookies to guacamole.
They are a great addition to soups and salads. You can salt and roast them as a snack for fall parties. You also might see pumpkin seeds branded a “pepitas,” which is Spanish for "little squash."
Eating pumpkin seeds offers many health benefits. They are full of nutrients like zinc, iron, magnesium, and vitamin K. The seeds are also packed with antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, fiber, and protein.
Beyond the health benefits of pumpkin seeds, they taste great too. Try this pumpkin seed recipe below for a healthy, tasty snack.
Candied Ginger Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed RecipeWhile pepitas are fantastic on their own, if you want to give them a sweet and savory twist, this candied cinnamon ginger pumpkin seed recipe is for you.
It is very simple and straightforward and will render a dainty dish for fall gatherings, Halloween parties, or Thanksgiving festivities. It also would make for a great addition to salads and desserts.
Candied Pumpkin Seed Ingredients
2 cups of raw pepitas
3 tablespoons sugar of choice (we recommend raw cane sugar or coconut sugar)
2 tablespoons of olive or avocado oil (or another neutral oil)
1 teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of ginger
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, add 1 tablespoon of sugar and all the other ingredients. Coat the seeds thoroughly.
Put the parchment paper on a baking tray and pour the mixture on top. Cook at 350 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes.
In a nonstick pan, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. With a wooden spoon or spatula, stir the sugar continuously. After a few minutes, it will begin to melt and turn a dark brown color.
Note that the sugar will likely clump during this process. That is okay. Keep stirring until it melts into a liquid, then remove it from the heat.
Remove the seeds from the oven and carefully transfer them to the pan. The caramel mixture will be very hot, so ease the seeds into it. Coat the pepitas completely and cook for several minutes until the second coating cools and hardens.
Healthy Candied Pumpkin Seed Option
For a health-conscious (but still delicious) alternative, you can supplement the sugar with coconut palm sugar. It will caramelize like regular sugar and makes the dish compatible with Paleo, Keto, and other diets that restrict sugar intake.
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