Maple Spiced Pepitas and Almonds

Years ago Gramma Marilyn bought these chipotle spiced almonds that were out of this world. I think I ate the whole pound standing there at her kitchen counter. They were delicious for snacking, added a tasty crunch to salads, and made an elegant appetizer for a holiday meal. We loved them so much, I had my sister export them to Kansas for a time.

A few weeks ago, I realized that I could make my own. And so that my littlest one could enjoy the snack, too, I made one batch with pepitas. Hubs was skeptical to say the least. He figured he and the boys would eat the almonds and leave the maple spiced pepitas for the chicks. But, I surprised him.

I love it when I do that.

A pepita is not all that exciting on its own. (It’s a pumpkin seed.) But, when it combines with the maple and the spices, all the pepitas gather together into clusters and make these little explosive balls of flavor. The crunch of the pepita is intensified somehow — and becomes rather addicting. It was hard not to eat them all in one sitting.

Whip up a batch of these to serve at your next get-together. They make a great addition to the appetizer table at your upcoming holiday feasts. Go French and offer aperitifs: lay out a bowl of olives, a variety of drinks, and these little bits of maple-spiced goodness. (Okay, so the spice and the maple are not French at all, but let’s pretend.)

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Got some great appetizers to share? Link them up today. And don’t forget to check out my mom’s relish tray, too.

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  1. My family loves spiced nuts, in any form! These look a lot like a favorite recipe of ours from Cooks’ Illustrated’s The New Best Recipe for Mexican-spiced almonds, pepitas and sunflower seeds. I’ll have to give this version a try. Yum!

  2. I love spiced nuts too and these sound yummy! Thanks for the linkup.

  3. Ah, Paso Almonds. Yet another thing for me to miss about California. Maybe I’ll make some for our shindig this weekend.

  4. These look wonderful.

    Do I need to use real maple syrup? Or can I use the imitation maple pancake syrup?

    Also, where would I find pepitas? We live in rural Ohio, so specialty stores are about an hour away.

  5. Thanks for hosting, can’t wait to see what others link up! Tis the season for guests!

  6. Thank you for hosting, there’s a lot of great recipes this week! I shared my loaded baked potato skins. One of my favorite things in the world.

  7. This is a wonderful appetizer link up. I’ve posted a link in my forum…hope you get some traffic from it.

  8. Thanks for posting this recipe for the pepitas! I bought a bag at my local Walmart a few weeks ago. We love pumpkin seeds but no one liked these! I was so disappointed that I didn’t have a liking for them. I haven’t had a chance to search around for recipes so that is why I’m thrilled you posted this today! THANK YOU 🙂 Have a great week! Susie

  9. Yum! These sound so good!

  10. Paige Chase says:

    These are awesome! Luckily, I had a rogue bag of pepitas sitting in my pantry and all of the rest of ingredients on hand. I did sprinkle them with a shake of salt, but other then that, I made the recipe as you wrote it. Delicious! While these are an irresistible snack, they would be wonderful as a salad topping too.

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