Sweet Chili Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are one of the healthier snacks you can make this time of year. They’re baked, all natural and you can eat them without anything at all and their still delicious. In fact they are actually even more nutritious raw than baked as baking destroys some of the nutrients.
The Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
According to healthyeating.sfgate.com, 1 ounce of pumpkin seeds has 9 grams of protein. The seeds are also a very good source of fiber which helps keep things moving in your digestive system. The seeds are also high in vitamins A and K, both fat soluble vitamins which are some of the nutrients which can be destroyed by baking them.
Super Easy Preparation
The coolest thing about this recipe is how super easy it is. You can make it a little more unique and exotic by using Thai chili powder if it’s available. If not you can use whatever type of chili powder you have.
- Turn on the oven to bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use a spoon to get the seeds out of the pumpkin.
- Clean the seeds with cold water and a strainer.
- Place the seeds in a single layer on a cookie sheet oiled with a healthy oil.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Lightly coat the seeds with stevia for baking and very lightly with a Thai chili powder and toss them with a spatula and by shaking the pan. If you need a recipe for homemade Thai chili pepper powder you can use ours below.
8. If you want to bake the powder in you can add the powder and stevia and bake for another 20 minutes but I think they are delicious after only 30 minutes and you don’t loose as many of the nutrients.
9. Serve hot if possible to brighten any social gathering. You get the extra bonus of being able to tell them they are made in a way that is healthier. I think the statement has maximum impact after they have already eaten every last one though so there is no question that nutritious can also be delicious.
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