Sweet and Smoky Pepitas

Sweet and Smoky Pepitas

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 7 min
  • Total: 12 min
  • Serving: Makes 1 cup

Pepitas is the Spanish word for “little seed of squash.” Enjoy these squash seeds toasted and then coated with a sweet and smoky light brown sugar, cumin and smoked paprika blend.


  • 1 cup pepitas (or 2 cups sunflower seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the pepitas into a bowl with the oil and 2 tablespoons of the light brown sugar, and then toss to coat.
  3. Spread the coated pepitas onto a baking sheet and then place in the oven for 6-7 minutes until toasted.
  4. In the meantime, put the remaining sugar, salt, cumin and smoked paprika into a bowl and mix to blend.
  5. Remove the pepitas from the oven and add to the bowl with the spices. Toss well to coat and then serve.


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