Sweet and Salty Roasted Pepita Seeds (oil-free)

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These roasted pumpkin seeds (also known as pepita seeds) are sweet, salty and totally addictive! They are a satisfying and nutrient-dense snack. I also love to use them as a smoothie, salad or soup topping. This recipe is naturally vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and grain-free. I sweetened them with a touch of maple syrup to keep them refined sugar-free too!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious and healthful snack.  They can be enjoyed on their own or sprinkled on top of breakfast cereal, yogurt or oatmeal.  I also love to toss them in salads, soups or quinoa dishes for an extra and unexpected salty-sweet crunch.

Candied Pepitas

So, how do you make this healthy seed completely addictive?  Just add a little bit of sweetness and a sprinkle of salt (no oil or butter required).  These roasted pumpkin seeds will disappear quickly thanks to just a little maple syrup and some salt.

Candied Pepita Ingredients

And talk about easy… this recipe can be ready in less than 15 minutes (2 minutes of prep and 10 minutes in the oven) with minimal clean up.  That means you are less than 15 minutes away from this incredibly irresistible snack.  No fancy cooking techniques are required.  Can you measure, pour and stir?  Then you got this one.

How to Make Roasted Pepitas
Roasted Pepita Seeds

Healthy Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

One ounce of pumpkin seeds (about a handful) provides 5 grams of plant-based protein and 5 grams of fiber.  Plus, they contain heart-healthy fats (omega 3 and omega 6) and offer important minerals including iron and zinc.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Recipes Perfect for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Creamy Vegan Blender Pumpkin Soup

Mango-Avocado Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pepitas

Quinoa & Mango Stuffed Grilled Avocado

Vegan Apple Arugula Salad with Candied Walnuts, Dates and Feta (replace the candied walnuts with the roasted pumpkin seeds for a nut-free version)

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Garlic Pasta

Vegan Creamy Pumpkin Oatmeal

Garlic Pumpkin Hummus

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet & Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (oil-free)


  • Author: EatingbyElaine
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 12 mins
  • Yield: 68 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These roasted pumpkin seeds are sweet, salty and totally addictive!  They are a satisfying and nutrient-dense snack.  I also love to use them as a salad or soup topping.  This recipe is naturally vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and grain-free.  I sweetened them with a touch of maple syrup to keep them refined sugar-free too!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup raw, unsalted pepita seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl stir to combine pepitas, maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon salt until seeds are fully and evenly coated.
  3. Transfer seeds to parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with extra salt if desired (while hot).  Allow to cool before handling the seeds. Enjoy once the seeds have cooled or store in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or on the counter for up to five days..
  • Category: snack

Keywords: Sweet & Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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4 Comments

  1. Valerie

    Super simple. Similar to a sweet and spicy mix I had been making, but I like that this has no oil. Could still add some cayenne and chili powder for my husband who likes his spice!






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    • Elaine Gordon

      Thanks, Valerie! This is an oldie but goodie! I agree some spice would be fun for those who dig it! This is definitely a good base recipe that you can spice up however you like :). Thanks for the rating and thank you for taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment too.

      Reply
  2. Jeanne

    These pumpkin seeds are so simple and soooo delicious. I can’t stop eating them. I was looking for a healthy snack to pick on and have found it! Thank you. I’m currently making your chili and if there’s any pumpkin seeds left I will put them on top for garnish and crunch.






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    • Elaine Gordon

      Yay! Thank you SO much for letting me know! Which chili recipe are you doing? My favorite is the pumpkin chili and they would definitely pair perfect with that one. I agree – so difficult to stop eating tho and easy to go through a batch quickly! Thank you again! Have a great day!

      Reply

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