pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites

Of all the recipe posts on Gimme Some Oven, my #1 most viewed post ever (thanks to you all and Pinterest) continues to be these No-Bake Energy Bites. And for good reason! These little guys continue to be one of my personal favorites, as well as one of the most requested snacks by my friends and family. And I love recipes like this that can double as breakfasts, snacks or even a quick dessert!

So for a fun twist this autumn, thought that it would be fun to celebrate the season and make some Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites! I was so excited to try these, and after throwing in a little of this and a little of that, was thrilled with the results. These little bites remind me a lot of my favorite fruit and nut bars. But the best part is that they are super easy to make homemade, packed with protein and ingredients you can feel good about, they are vegetarian and vegan (if you swap some agave for honey), and of course…they are delicious!

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)

For the third post in “Ode To Pumpkin Week”, we’re paying tribute to the treasure found inside of the pumpkin — pepitas! Yes, these little seeds are as fun to pronounce as they are to eat. So no English-accented “pay-pee-tuhs”, please — these are “peh-pee-tahs” (touch your tongue to the back of your front teeth to pronounce the soft “t”). Bueno. :)

While I’ve never been a huge fan of the tough white seeds pulled directly from a pumpkin, I love these raw, hulled little green seeds (found inside the white ones)! Always roast a few batches every fall to have on hand for snacking or to throw in salads, granola, Chex mix and such. The seasoning options are endless, but I’ve listed a few below for ideas. While at home visiting my folks today, we whipped up two quick batches to enjoy while watching “Glee” — a blend with chili, lime, and cumin powder (pictured on the right), and another with herbs de provence (left). Both were quite delicious, and the combination of flavors coming from the oven was (surprisingly) appetizing!

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