Published on September 30th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain2
Sweet & Salty Pumpkin Seeds
Every fall I dream of creating recipes with pumpkins, cinnamon and spices. It’s just that time of year for me. Warm flavors, rich in heavenly scents, it makes me think of walks in the woods, a smokey bonfire, a trip to the pumpkin patch, cider donuts and pumpkin spice lattes.
Every fall, I mean to create pumpkin seeds as a little snack for my family.
Every fall I fail to do that. Because I’m cheap. Now that my girls are teens, we no longer carve pumpkins for Halloween night. We don’t live in a neighborhood where I could set the pumpkin out and allow others to enjoy our carving creations. So I content myself with fake pumpkins with tea lights.
But that means, no seeds. So I cheated. I went to the dollar store and bought some packages. heh.
All dried out, no gut gunk to scrape and pick off, no waiting for them to be perfectly dry. Easy peasy.
So if you want some really delicious and easy to make spiced sweet & salty pumpkin seeds, here is a great recipe.
You will need
2 cups of pumpkin seeds, that was 3 packages.
1/2 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon plus 1 teaspoon
2 tablespoons canola oil
Combine 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl, set aside.
In a medium sauce pan ( I like non stick) combine oil and seeds and set on medium high heat. Add 1/2 cup sugar, salt, cinnamon and,vanilla and stir well. Continue stirring on heat about 5 minutes. Seeds will begin to look dry and the sugar will caramelize.
Immediately remove from stove, and pour into bowl with cinnamon sugar mix. Stir well and allow to cool about 30 minutes.
Eat and enjoy.