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Are you a daytime snacker or a nighttime snacker?

I’m a daytime snacker all the way.  (Mid-morning I always feel like a little something to munch on along with a cup of coffee increases my productivity, lol.)  Mike is the opposite – he doesn’t snack at all during the day but at night it’s no holds barred.  He typically goes for healthy stuff like nuts or fruit…except on Sunday nights, which he likes to call “ice cream night”.  He likes something that is either salty or sweet, but I prefer a sweet/salty mix, myself.

These pumpkin seeds fit the bill perfectly.

They’re a little salty, a little sweet, and aromatic with warm spices.  If you don’t want to use pumpkin seeds, you can play around with other things, such as almonds, walnuts, or sunflower seeds.  And if you prefer to make them on the stovetop instead of in the oven (perfect for those hot summer days!), this version is for you.

Sweet Spiced Pumpkin Seeds (Inspired by Cooking Light’s Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds)

Yields 1 cup

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 tablespoon brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 pinch cloves

1 cup hulled pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 325F.

Add oil and sugar to a medium bowl and microwave until warm (about 30 seconds), then stir in the cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves.  Add the pumpkin seeds and stir to coat.  Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until golden, about 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Cool completely; serve.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. I belong to the all day snackers, so these seeds would be ideal for me since I am on a diet!

  2. A healthy snack. I think I won’t be able to stop once I start :D I love to snack every now and then but my hubby hardly snacks. He eats 3 big meals! Strange huh…haha

  3. I am SO definitely a nighttime snacker. Really, after dinner in the time in-between showering and sleeping, it’s an all out snack attack. I need to make these so I have something healthy to munch on!

  4. I’m actually a night time snacker-a terrible one! Like I cannot sleep until I crunch on something. I usually have cereal but this is much better than sugar cereal. Thanks Faith! :D

  5. Very healthy! Perfect to add on top of my cereal or yogurt bowl. Like you, I m also a day snacker ..avoid food at night!

  6. Alas, I am an all day snacker. :-) I rarely sit down for a big meal during the day, but like to graze. :-) These look fantastic!!

  7. These sound amazing!! I am definitely a daytime snacker…in fact, I’d rather snack all day and then not even eat dinner….
    My only issue is not overdoing it on seeds and nuts—they pack a punch nutritionally and also in density! Lol.

    Thanks for sharing this :-)

  8. These look amazing! I made something similar using chickpeas recently, but I think pumpkin seeds would be great! And I love a good sweet/salty combo. Even a little bit of spice is welcome!

  9. One of my fave things to do in fall with a pumpkin is roast the seeds. But I have always stuck to the oil and salt thing. I love this version with a sweet and spice touch. Stove top? very cool never tried.

  10. these pumpkin seeds amazing. what a great way to spice up a salad. I think it’s tricks like these pumpkin seeds that takes someone from not wanting to eat a healthy meal to being excited about it because of the tasty flair. Thank you!

  11. I’m pretty much an anytime snacker, and I can easily see munching on these all day long. Delicious pairing of sweet and salty!

  12. When we have pumpkins in our garden I always roast our seed but this mixture sounds fantastic. Thanks. Diane

  13. Deliciously healthy! A great snack idea and perfect for sprinkling over salads.



  14. This looks amazing Faith. What a great way to incorporate cinnamon AND pumpkin seeds. This would be a great addition to homemade muesli, if one wanted to take on this adventure!

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