What is your preference? Sweet or spicy? Either way, I’m sure you will love these pepitas that pack a punch of flavour for the perfect healthy snack.
What are Pepitas?
Pepitas is the Mexican/Spanish word for pumpkin seeds, usually referring to the seeds once the shell has been removed. Recipes can easily be found online for either version, in the shell or hulled. Pumpkin seeds are our everyday superfood of the month for March because they are packed with nutrients such as iron, zinc, magnesium, fibre and protein.
In the fall, when pumpkins are in season and the Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated, you can make a snack of fresh pepitas simply by roasting them in the oven and adding some spices. If you are looking to make pepitas at this time of year you will have to look for hulled seeds in the bulk section of your grocery store. Some stores have better selections than others. For instance, I only found roasted/salted pumpkin seeds at one store, but at another there were three different versions; raw, roasted/salted, and roasted/spicy. The raw seeds were about half the price of the roasted ones.
Pepitas have many uses
Although eating pepitas as a snack is the most common way to enjoy them, they can also be used to make granola, trail mix or energy bites. They also work well as a garnish for soups and salads, or breads and muffins, and can be made into pesto.
Pepitas are easy to make
Here are two easy recipes for pepitas, one is sweet and the other is spicy. Enjoy!
Tell Me: How do you like your pepitas, sweet or spicy?