Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Make Healthy Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Seeds

One of the fun parts of Halloween growing up was gathering the family together and craving all those pumpkins... and then scooping out the seeds to roast and eat later. 

The entire experience will be forever engraved in our memories. 
Well we are grown up now, still carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds... only with our personal twist on them now.

Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Seeds 

1/3 cup + 2 tbsp maple syrup 
1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste taste) 
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
3 cups raw pumpkin seeds
1. Whisk together the syrup, salt, and cinnamon.
2. In a mixing bowl, mix the syrup and spices with the seeds. Lay seeds on a Teflex-lined dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 10 hours, or until the seeds are totally dry and crispy!
Additions we made: Coconut Sugar sprinkled on to seeds prior to roasting.
Note: Before using raw, preferably organic, unpasteurized nuts and seeds, it is wise to soak them and dry them. To learn more, please visit here.

 Nutrition facts and health benefits

• Pumpkin seeds have large amounts of minerals that include copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.

• These seeds are rich in Vitamin K.

• These seeds are able to help in lowering LDL cholesterol in human bodies. This is because they have phytosterols compounds.

• Pumpkin seeds promote sleep and lower depression. This is due to the presence of tryptophan (in them) which when absorbed in the body becomes serotonin, a good sleep inducer.

• Pumpkin seeds contain big amount of zinc, a mineral very important in preventing osteoporosis.

• Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of vitamin E and the B vitamins.

• Pumpkin seeds are full of protein as mentioned earlier. They also reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.

• Pumpkin seeds have been found to have the ability to prevent formation of kidney stones.

• In some cultures, pumpkin seeds are used as a natural remedy for tapeworm and many other parasites.

• Pumpkin seeds are perfect for men who are at risk of developing prostate cancer. The oil contained in these seeds helps to alleviate urination associated with enlarged prostate. {source}

You know we can't just roast the pumpkin seeds and put them in any old bowl! Heavens no, we have to whip up something festive that make the entire experience complete.

We made up "Seed Envelopes" from mini treat sacks from the craft store, rubber stamps and Washi tape.

Just stamp the envelope and decorate with Washi tape. Seal the back flap with a piece of Washi tape and all done. We just left them on the kitchen counter for the family to pick up and snack on. They could be used as lunch sack snacks, or party favors, or little Halloween neighbor treats.

                                  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
Psalm 34:7

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  1. Yummy! I love roasted pumpkin seeds. Thanks for sharing this recipes and all of the interesting facts about pumpkin seeds. ;o)

  2. Sounds so good. Love the cute envelopes, too!

  3. What a fun healthy ideal. Such cute packaging too.

  4. I copied your recipe - this sounds so much better than plain roasted seeds! The bags are adorable!