A fun and crunchy treat, these homemade pumpkin seed clusters are a sweet snack that adults and kids alike will love. Made with nuts, seeds, coconut and a hint of maple syrup for some decadent sweetness they come together in under 30 minutes. Perfect alternative to cookies if you fancy a change!
And for another fun treat, my apple trail mix combines healthy fruit, nuts and seeds for a tasty snack that's quite healthy.
These vegan pumpkin seed clusters require mostly pantry staples and come together in around half an hour. They are such a tasty snack, and feel quite indulgent. Perfect for when the mid-afternoon sugar craving hits and they come together so quickly!
Why this recipe is so good
The best crunch. The nuts and seeds go perfectly crisp and crunchy, with a lovely sweetness.
Pantry staples snack! With minimal ingredients, and all pantry staples you won't need to run to the store for these seed and nut clusters.
Vegan and gluten free. The clusters are suitable for both dietary requirements, as well as being a low histamine snack.
Easy to make. Just a bit of 'hands on' time and then the oven does the work for you.
All you need for these clusters are nuts and seeds, maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt. Some notes on a few of the ingredients you will need:
- Pumpkin seeds - the main ingredient of these clusters. You want raw seeds, not those have been salted or roasted. The Terrasoul organic pumpkin seeds are good.
- Coconut - you want the dried coconut flakes not fresh coconut, which would be too wet.
- Chia seeds - as well as being healthy, they help to 'stick' the clusters together. You need the whole chia seeds, not milled chia. The Terrasoul organic chia seeds are good.
- Salt - personally I like to use pink Himalayan salt for a milder flavour than regular table salt.
Make sure to see the recipe card below for the full ingredients and their quantities!
Step by step instructions
Add the seeds, nuts, coconut flakes and salt to the bowl, then drizzle on the maple syrup (image 1). Stir very thoroughly so that the maple syrup coats all the nuts and seeds (image 2).
Spread the mixture onto a lined baking tray so that there is a thin layer (about 0.5cm thick), with no gaps (image 3). Bake the mixture on the bottom of the oven for 20 minutes (watch for any signs of burning in the last few minutes).
Once the mixture has cooled, carefully break into clusters of the size of your choice (image 4).
Recipe tips and notes
- Stir the mixture very thoroughly so all the nuts and seeds are coated in the maple syrup.
- Be sure to have the cluster mixture in a fairly even layer on the baking tray so it bakes evenly.
- Make sure to place the mixture at the bottom of the oven, not the top or middle as that would be too hot.
- Watch the mixture towards the end of cook time for any signs of burning. It can turn fast!
- Allow the mixture to cool thoroughly before trying to break into clusters. It will solidify as it cools and won't 'crack' into small pieces before that.
Baking tray and parchment paper - to bake the clusters.
Wire rack - to allow the pumpkin seed crunch clusters to cool before breaking into pieces.
Bowl - to combine the nuts, seeds and maple syrup.
More fun and tasty snacks
Pumpkin seed clusters
- Small bowl
- Wire rack
- Preheat the oven to 170C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Add the seeds, nuts, coconut flakes and salt to the bowl, then drizzle on the maple syrup. Stir very thoroughly so that the maple syrup coats all the ingredients.
- Spread the mixture onto the parchment paper so that there is a thin layer (about 0.5cm thick), with no gaps. Bake the mixture on the bottom of the oven for 20 minutes (watch for any signs of burning in the last few minutes). Take out of the oven and don't touch it! The mixture will solidify as it cools and stick together.
- Once the mixture has cooled, carefully break into clusters of the size of your choice. This is a delicate process so approach with care!
- Serve immediately or store in a sealed container. Enjoy!
- Stir very thoroughly so the maple syrup coats all the nuts and seeds.
- Watch the oven towards the end of cook time, as the clusters can burn easily.
- Allow the mixture to cool before handling or breaking into the clusters. The clusters are rather fragile, so handle with care! But even if they break a little they are still delicious! You could even use any broken bits as a topping for other sweet treats.
Swiss Interest Group Histamine IntoleranceAll ingredients score a '0' on the SIGHI scale, with the exception of:
- almonds score a '1' - change up for more pumpkin seeds or other nuts or seeds if you are unable to tolerate.