put some pep in your pepita.

DSC01947Ever since The New York Times told me that pumpkin seeds are one of The 11 Best Foods [I'm Not] Eating, I’ve been trying to work them into my diet.  They have a ton of magnesium and B vitamins, and also have anti-inflammatory properties.  They’re great on salads and they make a really easy snack that’s packed with protein – 9 grams in every 1/4 cup serving!  

Anyway, enough about how healthy pepitas are.  Yes, they’re healthy, but on their own they’re not all that much fun.  This recipe changes that.  These pepitas are a perfect party snack – or anytime snack.  But if you are making them for a party, be sure to make 2 batches – they’re incredibly addictive.

Spiced Pepitas

2 cups raw hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 egg white
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/3 tsp. cumin
1 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/3 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/3 tsp. cardamom
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
non stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 250.  

Spread pepitas in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Toast in the oven for 20 minutes, until fragrant.

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Combine the sugar and all spices in a small bowl.  In another bowl, whisk the egg white until it’s frothy.  Add the pepitas and coat with the egg white.  Add the sugar and spices to the pepitas, coating the pepitas with the mixture.  

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Spray the baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the coated pepitas in one layer on the tray.  Bake at 250 for 45 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow the pepitas to cool for at least 30 minutes before removing them from the baking sheet and breaking up any larger chunks of pepitas.  

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