How to cook with Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)


Compared to other tree nuts, almonds are packed with vitamin E and calcium – helping to maintain heart health and the structure of bones and teeth.


The word Pepitas is Spanish for Pumpkin Seeds and translates to “little seed of squash”. Now you’ve some Spanish and what it means, read through to find out how you can cook with them!

How to cook with Pumpkin Seeds

There’s no shortage of ideas when it comes to eating and cooking Pepitas. You can roast them for easy snacking or add them to gourmet meals for amazing texture and flavour. People the world over add pumpkin seeds to muesli and granola for a healthy kick. Sprinkle them in soups and stews or crush them into small pieces for a crunchy garnish that can accompany salads and casseroles. Pepitas are great in bread loaves and can also be used in pesto. The sky is well and truly the limit when it comes to adding pumpkin seeds to your diet.


Check out our favourite recipe ideas below:


Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Cookies

These crunchy cookies are great for spoiling family and are guaranteed to leave people reaching for more. You’ll need a bunch of standard ingredients to make the batter such as sugar, flour, butter and oats plus a few extra seedy goodies too. But be sure to use quality chocolate to ensure that you get the best flavour and a high percentage of cocoa. When paired with delicious pumpkin seeds, your sweet temptations will taste as good as they look.  

Pumpkin Seed Granola Bars

Granola bars are a winner in every household and it’s not hard to see why. These on-the-go, healthy treats can be prepared well in advance and will have you jumping out the door to tackle the day ahead. 

Gather as many nuts and seeds as you can – think Flaked Almonds, Pepitas, Walnuts, Pecans etc. – and mix with a bag of rolled oats. 

Then, bind honey and olive oil in a heated pot and pour over your mixture of granola goodness. 

Bake in the oven at 180°C for 15 minutes before allowing to rest. 

Break into pieces and store in containers for easy eating. Enjoy at home, on-the-go or anytime hunger strikes. 

Avocado Hummus with Pumpkin Seeds

Delicious when spread across bread or used as a dip for crisps and veggies, our avocado hummus with Pumpkin Seeds will hit all the right spots. We love the creamy consistency of mixing avocado, tahini, garlic and chickpeas plus the bite that comes from adding salt, pepper and lemon juice to balance things out. Looking to up the flavour? Feel free to add spices or chilli flakes. Just don’t forget to crown your final creation with a generous handful of yummy pumpkin seeds. This is one recipe that just has to be shared!


Chocolate Pepita Christmas Trees

If you’re looking for a Christmas recipe that is a little different then look no further! Click here to find out more

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Compared to other tree nuts, almonds are packed with vitamin E and calcium – helping to maintain heart health and the structure of bones and teeth.