I have bought packaged roasted pumpkin seed squares in store before. They were delicious … but boy, were they expensive! $6 for a little packet – eek!
So here is my super simple version!
- 250g pumpkin seeds, dry roasted
- 2 tbsp chia seeds/hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp rice malt syrup
- pinch pink salt
Dry roast the pumpkin seeds. I do this on a lined baking tray under the grill in my oven. Watch them very carefully. They only take a few minutes. Mix and turn the seeds and return them to the oven (a couple of times if necessary) so that they seeds are golden brown all over and puffing up.
Place the syrup in a bowl, then while the pumpkin seeds are still hot, tip them into the syrup, also add the chia/hemp seeds and salt. Work quickly to mix the 4 ingredients well together – the heat from the seeds melts the syrup and makes it easy to work with.
Place on a lined baking tray and cook in a pre-heated 150C oven for about 25 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before cutting in to squares and storing in an air tight container in a cool place. Best to put a sheet of baking paper between layers when you store, otherwise they stick a bit to each other.
For a nutty version, add in 100g of your favourite chopped nut. You’ll need to add an additional 1/2 tbsp of syrup too.
For a Christmas version, add in a good handful of dried cranberries and the finely grated zest of 1/2 an orange.