Recipe ReDux: Maple Chipotle Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you rang in 2015 in a big way. I’m starting with a bold new snack for this month’s Recipe ReDux.

The first Recipe ReDux of the year is “Start Smoking in the New Year” and it’s all about smokey spicy goodness. To me, the very first thing I think about when you say “smokey” is chipotle chili. It’s spicy, as chili peppers usually are, but it’s also distinctly smokey. It adds depth of flavor that red pepper flakes or regular chili powder often lack.

I love pairing this smokey spicy flavor with something sweet to balance it. I love using it on butternut squash or sweet potato. This time I paired it with maple syrup. I added just a touch of cumin to round out the flavor, a dash of salt, and a bit of olive oil to help it stick. Then I drenched raw pumpkin seeds with the mixture and baked it off. The result is crunchy, sweet, spicy, and smoking hot – the perfect snack.

What’s your favorite smokey spicy pairing?











Maple Chipotle Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Makes 1 cup


1 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds
1 olive oil teaspoon
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1-2 teaspoon Chipotle chili powder (depending on how spicy you like it)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Dash of salt


1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil, then set aside.

2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix until the seeds are well coated.

3. Spread in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake until the seeds are golden and crunchy, about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow the seeds to cool for at least 15 minutes, then break them up (as it cools it will harden) and snack away!


5 Responses to Recipe ReDux: Maple Chipotle Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Alisia says:

    mm never heard of fried pumpkin seeds before but this looks amazing, delicious like in papa's cupcakeria. awesome! thanks for the recipe

  2. Alisia says:

    mmm hummm

  3. That looks delicious! It’s great to see recipe variations of popular dishes to make meals more interesting. Moreover, I can almost taste the sweet and spicy flavor of those pumpkin seeds. Well, I think I’ll have to try that dish as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing!

    Irving Hammond @ Panacea de la Montaña

  4. I went a similar route, but with smoked sea salt + maple syrup. Love the chipotle/maple combo, though!

  5. this sounds like such a great combo! yum!

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