I got quite the surprise…

I got quite the surprise…

What do you get when you combine a spoon, a new recipe, some pumpkin seeds and a whole lot of favorable spices?

Delight! And spicy pepitas…

It’s been a long time since I’ve been this surprised. And I’ve got to say, this super easy spiced pepitas recipe could be downright addictive, if I had those tendencies. LOL 

I recently made Asian kale salad (I’ll post that recipe soon) for a friend and even though I loved it before, this time it just felt like it was missing something. I thought, it needs a little spice… and some crunch.

I am typically pretty tuned in, so immediately thought of spiced pumpkin seeds. I’ve never made them before so I did a quick internet search to understand the basic process and the result is this recipe, spicy pepitas!

They smelled so good coming out of the oven that I didn’t even wait for them to cool before I had my first taste. Ouch!

Umm… seriously? I think I found heaven. My self-control went completely out the window as I ate a finger-pinch of the delightful spicy pepitas again and again. 

Now it’s your turn….make them…even a double batch and enjoy!

Delicious Spicy Pepitas

Spicy Pepitas

This spicy pepita recipe should be in everyone's repertoire because it is so easy, healthy and delicious!
Makes about a cup
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 12 mins


  • 8 oz raw pumpkin seeds Organic is best
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt I buy mine at HomeGoods. Great price!
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp citrus type seasoning I use Trader Joe's Cuban Style Citrusy Garlic
  • 2 shakes cayenne You can use more or none at all depending on your desired heat level
  • 2 tsp avocado oil or evoo oil the only purpose of the oil is so the seasoning mix sticks to the seeds, so just coat them.


  • Preheat oven to 350° or 325° for smaller seeds
  • Combine all the spices in a very small bowl
  • Measure pumpkin seeds and dump them into a small (4") bowl. Add the oil and toss well
  • Add spices to oil coated seeds. Mix well
  • Line roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet (at least 11×14) with parchment so seeds are a single layer. Pour in seeds and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes stirring halfway through baking time. See notes
  • Remove from oven. Allow to cool before tasting. 😊


Be sure to let them cool or you will burn your lips and tongue. 😉
Place in a pretty bowl and serve
If they last this long…they will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for several weeks.
Something I discovered because I purchased pumpkin seeds from 3 different stores, not all pumpkin seeds react the same in the oven. The last seeds I bought appeared a bit smaller and more plump than the first two batches and they burned when I prepared them per my original recipe. So please watch the seeds carefully the first time you make them or when you use a new source for your seeds. Lower the temperature to 325 and cut the time by just 1-2 minutes for a smaller seed.
Please do let me know your experience making these.
Any citrus, pepper and garlic seasoning will work

And remember to be present when you eat anything! I cannot repeat this enough. When you are not present with the moment – savoring each mouthful – it is very easy to consume more than is healthy for you. Snacks are more of a challenge because we typically eat them while we do something else (try not to do anything else while eating.) To get the most out of your choices focus on the taste, smell and experience… Enjoy LIVING!

Links to Products you need for this recipe

Trader Joe’s Citrusy Garlic Seasoning Blend This product is $1.99 in the store and it sells on Amazon for considerably more. I simply included this link not for you to buy (you can if you really want to) but to see the product I use.

Half pan baking sheet Perfect for so many uses. These have simplified all my baking. I absolutely use parchment always when using these pans. I do not really recommend using aluminum but I am still on the hunt for reasonably priced stainless steel that doesn’t warp when heated.

Parchment – Unbleached sheets