I LOOOOOOOVE Halloween! It’s one of my very favorite holidays, yes despite what some may think. I don’t know if it’s because it’s the fall time and the weather is always amazing or that it signifies all of the other fun holidays coming up, or it’s seeing the excitement of the gabillion kids running around our hood or it’s just because I love getting to hang out with so many of our fun neighbors/friends, but something about it always makes me smile all night long.
Anyway, this year, we went with a whole oriental theme this year because you know, as my red headed son would tell you, we are all Japanese (all 1/4 of him, but he’s proud of it and so is my daughter)…
So I use to miss the candy. But it’s funny how things change. I really don’t miss it but maybe it’s because I think about how it will make me feel later, or maybe it’s because if I am needing a sweet treat I can always grab some dark chocolate almonds or those fabulous Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints. Either way, it’s nice to not miss the candy, but something about this time of year does also ramp up my sweet tooth a little bit more. So last night, a friend brought a treat that I am now fully and utterly addicted to. I’m telling you, candy has nothing on these little things. They are Pumpkin Spiced Pepitas. You have to try them!!
So I still don’t understand why the raw Trader Joe’s pepitas look nothing like the pumpkin seeds that come out of our pumpkins, but they are just as yummy and honestly, a lot easier to prepare. Anyway, if you’re in the mood for something that is a little sweet, a little salty, and has just the perfect crunch, this is your treat!
Here is what you need to do:
Get 1 cup pepitas (I use Trader Joe’s raw), 2 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (Trader Joe’s has a good one), and 1/4 tsp celtic sea salt. Mix. Lay flat on cookie sheet and roast at 350 degrees for 12 minutes stirring occasionally so they cook evenly, and devour!!!! Then hide them, hoping that will work for at least the afternoon, then devour again later when to your sweet surprise, you’ve found them again.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you about how addictive these things are!
Can you guess which kid is mine??
Oh my my my…
Hope everyone had a great Halloween!!