Cajun Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
Daily Value: 2%
Fat-Free, Low-Fat-Abs, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Milk-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free
|Folic Acid (B9)||3µg||1%|
|Fatty acids, total monounsaturated||0g||0%|
|Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated||0g||0%|
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Surprise your guests with this healthy alternative to chips, popcorn, and cookies. You can use the seeds of a fresh pumpkin for this recipe, but it may be easier just to buy pumpkin seeds at the grocery store.
- 1 egg white
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, plus more to taste
- 1 tablespoon sweet barbecue sauce, such as Sweet Baby Ray's, plus more to taste
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds*
- 2 teaspoons sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine egg whites with the following ingredients: 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, ¼ tablespoon barbecue sauce, and the salt. Add the pumpkin seeds and toss well, then drain off any excess liquid. Spread onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the seeds begin to turn golden.
Remove from the oven and let cool.
In a Tupperware container, combine the seeds, sugar, and the remaining Cajun seasoning and barbecue sauce. Cover and shake well to mix. The seeds should be covered by the powder mixture. Add more Cajun seasoning and barbecue sauce, to taste.**
*Note: If you're using a fresh pumpkin, follow these steps to extract the seeds: Using a serrated knife, cut the pumpkin in half. Use an ice cream scooper (or large spoon) to scoop out seeds and string, etc., and place in a strainer.
Put the mess of seeds and "pumpkin guts" into a bowl of water. Using your hands, try to separate the seeds from the other disposable material. Generally, you can pinch the seeds right where they are attached to the orange pulp of the pumpkin and the seeds will fall off. Once you've done this, the seeds should float, which makes them easier to separate. Lay out the seeds on parchment paper to dry for 1 day.
**Note: If the seeds seem too wet, add Cajun seasoning and/or sugar to soak up excess barbecue sauce. If the seasoning and sugar are not sticking to the seeds, it means the seeds are too dry — try adding ¼ teaspoon of barbecue sauce at a time until you reach desired consistency.2
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