Easy, healthy, sometimes indulgent recipes

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Foolproof Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a perfect reward that comes from an overabundance of fall pumpkins.

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It is the same story every year. I buy way too many pumpkins, little ones, big ones, medium ones, it is a pumpkin overload. In addition, there are always multiple pumpkin patch family trips that yield even more pumpkins. I am in the process of baking the pumpkins that are still good, but seeds came first. Pumpkin seeds are my favorite snack. It takes some effort to get the seeds cleaned out and separated, but it is sooooo worth it.  I am doing my basic recipe, with just oil and sea salt, but these can be made with any seasonings. Feeling the pumpkin flavor? Mix the seeds with some sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Interested in a little bit of a bolder spicier flavor?  Mix the seeds with cumin, salt and a touch of chipotle powder.

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Peanut Butter Granola Bars

I love granola bars. I mean how can you go wrong with oats, nuts, fruit, coconut? What I don’t love about granola bars is the amount of sugar that is in them. So for months now, I have been playing around with different ways to make them at home. I actually lost count as to how many I have tried and they all somehow ended up in a pile of loose granola.¬†Well, with a particular¬†pan in mind and an amazing idea posted by Minimalist Baker, I think I finally have something worthy of sharing. My recipe is different than Minimalist Baker, it is loosely adapted from there, but their recipe utilizes a paste made out of dried dates to both sweeten and bind the ingredients together. Genius!

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