Sassy & Spicy Sunflower Seeds

There I was staring at 2 giant sacks of unshelled sunflower seeds!  They were given to me as a gift & I had been looking at them for a week trying to think of what to do with them.  Once I started using them in my recipes, I was hooked!  So versatile with a beautiful nutty flavor & that irresistible crunch!!  There are so many ways to enjoy these little goodies, but today I’m going to share my quick & easy “Sassy & Spicy Sunflower Seed Recipe”!  Delicious, nutty, and crunchy sunflower seeds are a delicious snack!  Not only are they high in energy, but they are one of the best sources of health benefitting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins!!  Add some spice in there & you have yourself a metabolism boosting wonder snack!!

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One of my favorite sunflowers to grow!!

In the past, I have grown my own sunflowers to harvest the seeds.  This is a GREAT idea as long as you can get to them before the birds do!! Those sneaky birds seem to know just exactly when the heads are ready for harvest;) Normally, I would use seeds with the shell on for this recipe, but since I was spoiled with the gift of shelled sunflower seeds… I’ll take it!!

My Sassy & Spicy Sunflower Seeds are quick & easy to make! Packed full of flavor with a nice kick to them.  They are addicting to eat & hard to put down!!

 

 

Ingredients:

5 cups shelled sunflower seeds

2 1/2 Tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil

2 Teaspoons pink himalayan salt or sea salt

1 1/2 Teaspoons powdered garlic

1 Teaspoon ground black pepper

1 Teaspoon sriracha sauce

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Instructions:

1-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2-Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining with foil.

3-In a small bowl, melt the coconut oil in microwave & stir in the seasonings.

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4-Toss seeds in the oil & seasoning mixture and spread evenly onto baking sheets.

5-Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden.

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Let them cool first before serving.

When roasting, your mouth will begin to water.  This is normal;)  The smell radiating from your oven will be down right heavenly!!!

*Store your roasted sunflower seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator to make them last longer;)

Just a handful of sunflower kernels a day provides much of the recommended level of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein.  They are a great snack & easy to make yourself!  Stop buying the ones from the store that are full of ingredients that no one can pronounce & make your own.  You’ll know exactly what’s on them!

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Want some other ways to incorporate sunflower seeds into your diet?

Here are some serving tips:

•They add awesome crunchiness to salads!

•Sprinkle sunflower kernels over fried-rice dishes or sautéed vegetables.

•The seeds can be coated with chocolate, candied with honey, or added in cakes, and muffins. One of my favorite cookie recipes has them in it!

•Seeds can be added to salad dressings, chicken salad, casseroles or baked goods.

•Grind & make into flour for “Sunflower Bread”.

•Sunflower seed butter is a great alternative for peanut butter as well!

For more Tips, Tricks, & Recipes, checkout our website:  adventuresofadomesticgoddess.com

You never know what mischief I might find next! 😉

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