Candied nuts are addicting and perfect for snacking. Pumpkin pie spiced candied pepitas are perfect addition to all of your fall treats!
Sometimes I can get stuff done during nap time. It’s the occasional ability to knock out what feels like 1/3 of my to-do list during a one hour stretch that makes me ignore the advice that everyone gives a new mom – “sleep when the baby sleeps!” I’ve done it a handful of times when Ryan was a baby (mostly when I was pregnant with Owen) and a grand total of ZERO times since Owen was born, thanks to rare overlapping naps. But when naps do overlap, I immediately see it as the perfect time to get.it.done.
The other day was one of those days. By some miracle, both boys went down for a nap so I got busy making soup (I was craving chicken and wild rice from Panera!), cleaned the kitchen, AND made these baller Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pepitas.
Does anyone else fall victim to those unbelievable smelling hot, candied nut stands in the city? You can smell one from a mile away and I will walk twice that just to get some. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to add a fall twist to on of my favorite treats.
Here’s the thing – candying nuts this way is super easy and just takes a few minutes. I’ve done it with almonds, pecans, and peanuts and – unless I forget about it on the stove – it’s pretty foolproof. I knew that some candied pumpkin seeds would be tasty, and that with the addition of pumpkin pie spice it would be even better – yup, definitely right.
In a large pan over medium heat, bring 1/3 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil before adding in 1 Tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, an 8 oz bag of shelled pumpkin seeds, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stir constantly, thickening the syrup.
Once the syrup begins to crystallize (be patient!), take the pan off the heat and continue stirring until the seeds are coated and separate. (Don’t leave it on the heat to do this of you won’t have the delicious sugary coating.)
Put on EVERYTHING. No, but really. These are so amazing and addicting. Keep them far away from you or else you will just pick at them all day. 😉
Speaking of picking all day: what is Wednesday without sharing a full day of eats? Not going to lie, this day of food was a LOT of picking and not a ton of quality food. See below:
Breakfast: Flour tortilla, refried beans, eggs, cheese salsa. <– the best breakfast I always forget.
Lunch: I made Alex bread. My lunch was bread. Plus picking at pepitas and the soup I was making for dinner.
Dinner: I wasn’t stupid hungry (from all of the picking) but I couldn’t resist a bowl of the creamy chicken and wild rice soup I was making. I mixed a bunch of different recipes, and it was so, so good. Lighting? Horrible. Eaten standing up at my stove? Always.
Dessert: I put the last bits of a recipe I’m putting together for you all (with lots of candied pepitas ;)) in a bowl. The end.
Okay, so tell me – do you love those street nuts? Mommas – do you nap during naptimes? Let me know in the comments!
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