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In Season Now: Spice Up your Pumpkin Seeds

In Season Now

It’s that time of the year again…pumpkin time! Spice up your seeds with these new ideas!

Pumpkin seeds, like other nuts and seeds, are high in fiber, protein and healthy fats. A one ounce serving has about 2-3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of healthy fat. Depending what you put on them, they can be a really healthy snack (and fun to gather!)

With all of the below spice ideas, be sure to wash and dry your seeds prior to adding seasoning. Toss them into a large bowl to mix in the seasonings and oil. Be sure to mix well enough to coat each seed. When finished flavoring, spread evenly on a baking sheet for even cooking. Toast them in the oven at about 375-425 degrees F. Toast them to your desired doneness; some people like them crispier than others. Alright, if you are tired of the regular sea salt and seed combo, try these:

  • Cinnamon Almond: Mix together 1-2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4-1/2 tsp almond extract, 1-2 tbsp granulated sugar, and oil (to your taste.) This combo should remind you of the toasted almonds at the state fair. Yum, a sweet treat!
  • Dill: Toss together 1 tbsp dill, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and oil for this ranch flavored snack.
  • Gingerbread: Add 1 tsp cinnamon, and a few “dashes” of the following spices- nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cloves. Sweeten with 2 tsp sugar, and mix together with a bit of oil.
  • Spicy: Use a tsp of red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp ground cayenne, a dash of chili powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and oil for this mouth watering seed.

Do you have any favorite spice combos you would like to share with the group? If so, post it as a comment!

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