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Pumpkin Spiced Candied Pepitas

I do believe that I have created one of my new favorite snacks, ya’ll! I know I’m going a little pepita crazy, but for good reason! Pepitas have become my crack. Therefore, I’m addicted. And by addicted, I mean I had some left over from myย granola. Last year I went crazy over all sorts of pumpkin recipes, but this year, I seem to be on the pepita train. I thought candying my extras them were the obvious, most delicious choice.

Sugar? Spices? Candy? Come to momma.

Believe it or not candying nuts/seeds/your extra unneeded limbs is rather quite simple. Stir ingredients with sugars, spices, egg whites and bake. That’s it.

Don’t believe me? Need the step-by-step photos? I thought you’d never ask.

I feel so loved and important.

Not really.

Candy Mixture

Start by frothing an egg white together with a splash of water.

Pepitas

Stir in your pepitas to coat well in the egg mixture.

Pepitas and seasonings

Now comes the fun part. Add in all the good stuff that are going to make these irresistible. Sugars, spices, etc. Feel free to use pumpkin pie spice instead of all the separate ones. Or, just switch it up and use what you got.

Pumpkin Spiced Candied Pepitas

Once they’re all good and coated, spread onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and throw into a 300 degree oven.

Pumpkin Spiced Candied Pepitas

Every 10 minutes or so, you’re going to want to toss these so they all cook and candy evenly. This was after 35 minutes. They’re dark and golden and yummy!

Pumpkin Spiced Candied Pepitas

Cool, break apart, and store in an airtight container until you’re ready to eat! Delicious as a snack, on top of a salad or wrap up as a gift!

Happy Wednesday ๐Ÿ™‚

Pumpkin Spiced Candied Pepitas

Believe it or not candying nuts and seeds is quite simple. Stir ingredients with sugars, spices, egg whites and bake.
servings 3 cups, roughly
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • splash cold water about 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 1/2 cups raw pepitas
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk egg white and water until frothy. Pour in pepitas and stir until well coated. Pour in remaining ingredients and stir until all pepitas are evenly coated and clumps of brown sugar are dissolved.
  • Pour onto prepared baking sheet and spread in one even layer. Bake 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Pepitas will look puffy and frothy each time you pull them out of the oven to stir. This is normal.
  • After baking time, stir one final time and cool to room temperature. Break apart into large or small pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes a great snack, gift or salad topper.

Nutrition

Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1194mg | Potassium: 497mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pepitas, pumpkin spiced candied
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15 Responses
  1. Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal

    Looks so delicious and easy to make. Your ste-by-step makes it look so easy to follow. Gonna try this soon.

  2. Blair

    These look so yummy. My 10 year old just said, “Mom, I love recipes like that!” Looks like we’re gonna make a trip to the bulk section at Winco for some pepitas!