While this group of Pumpkin Seed Vanilla Clusters may not look like much, they do serve a vital purpose. While searching out various seeds that were high in Zinc (the one vitamin that is required throughout this flu season) to ensure a healthy and happy home, pumpkin seeds were at the top of that list. Pumpkin Seeds can not only provide a high zinc count but also pumpkin is on the Paleo-approved list!
These clusters can be enjoyed on cereal or as a healthy snack for anyone on the go! This is a great alternative to simply grabbing a pre-packaged food, these clusters will help revitalize you!
Pumpkin Seed Vanilla Clusters
Bring your oven to a preheated temp. of 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a bowl combine the vanilla extract, maple syrup and coconut sugar. Stir until the three create a thick paste. Afterwards add a small amount of boiling water to thin out the paste, until it looks like a runny syrup.
Dump in the pumpkin seeds and stir until each one is covered.
Get out a backing sheet and place down parchment paper.
Then like you would with cookie dough, take about a teaspoon full of coated pumpkin seeds and dallop them onto a baking sheet. Repeat until all the pumpkin seeds are grouped together in little sections.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Do not let the seeds burn, so check on them constently after the 10 minute mark. Allow the seeds to turn a golden brown hue.
Take out the baking sheet, allow the clusters to cool down. You can press together the clusters so they form a ball. However, the clusters will cool off quickly.
Once they've cool the clusters are ready to eat!
Breakfast is a meal characterized by many sugary and tasty treats. Eggs are great, but the occasional sweet tooth meal is a must!
This recipe is great for snacks, breakfasts, camping – any time you need to eat on-the go! We make this for camping trips and usually one of our prep meals at the beginning of the week… although it doesn’t last time long!
Granola has one of the highest content of sugar of any food for breakfast! This one has some sugar in the dried fruit and honey. If you have to stay away from sugar for a medical reason or natural sugars are difficult to digest, then limit or omit the honey and make sure to use a low-glycemic fruit like blueberries (without the added sugar).
We love the granola with dried cranberries – and they are easier on the wallet than some of the other dried fruits.
1. ¾ cup sliced almonds
2. ½ cup of walnuts
3. ½’cup of pumpkin seeds
¾ cup of unsweetened coconut
4. 3 tablespoon honey ( can omit if trying to lose weight)
5. 1 cup of dried fruit
6. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
7. 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Combine the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Make sure to mix the sunflower seed nut butter and honey into all of the nuts to bind them together.
- Place the mixture into an oven safe pan, and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
- Refrigerate for two hours and keep refrigerated until right before eating (or it will fall apart).
Perfect breakfast or snack food to make on-the-go. Paleo granola has a chorus of nuts and a some natural sweeteners to make this tasty treat.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Combine the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Make sure to mix the sunflower seed nut butter and honey into all of the nuts to bind them together.
Place the mixture into an oven safe pan, and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
Refrigerate for two hours and keep refrigerated until right before eating (or it will fall apart).