How do you feel about it?
I think I might love it <3
Not that it would be shocking…since salty is amazing and who could deny chocolate, but the mix is sometimes scary for me. But the sun was shining through my kitchen window; I had my cozy slippers on I got a wild hair. <– What does that mean, by the way? I mean, I googled it…and it’s freaky…but why did we start using it as an expression?! Oh, and I think it is ‘hare’ not ‘hair,’ which would actually make more sense with the google definition, but still leaves me wondering why I can use it as a phrase in relation to food.
I had been staring at the combo of spaghetti and butternut squash seeds I saved for a few days and had knew I wanted to roast them, but I figured I could mix it up a bit. In a trail mix, that is (<–see what I did there).
I decided to keep it simple with dried cranberries, honey roasted peanuts, chocolate chips and some Cajun spiced seeds! The best part was how quickly it came together! If you follow me on Snapchat (WordsLikeHoney) you saw the step by step and interesting developments of roasting squash seeds.
Apparently they pop like popcorn in the oven! HA! Boy, was that an unexpected surprise! I was sitting at the kitchen counter on my computer typing away, when I heard the first ‘pop!’ and looked around surprised! I had no idea what it was at first but it sounded like something kept falling onto the floor from on top of the counter, but I knew nothing was falling. After the third time, curiosity got the best of me and I began to investigate. Hunched over in the kitchen and looking all over the floor, I finally heard it right next to me inside the oven and started laughing. I won’t share the things I thought it might be 0_0. (mouse)
After roasting, the squash seeds are tossed in a bit of oil and spice and returned to the oven for another minute or two.
Option 1: Allow them to cool and then toss all the ingredients together. DONE.
Option 2: Throw them in the bowl with everything and toss and have a hot mess that has that chocolate coating everything.
Your response to that second option will make the decision for you because option 1 makes me feel 🙂 and option 2 has me feeling all <3…
Both are delicious and have satisfied my sweet craving instead of going for that half bag of pumpkin candies, of the candy corn variety, that do not exist in the top cabinet of my kitchen but call out to me on a daily basis -_-.
But that > does.
And I welcome its chocolaty whispers with open arms…well that sounds messy…maybe just hands.
- ¾ cup squash seeds
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
- ¼ honey roasted peanuts
- ½ tsp. olive oil
- ½ tsp. Cajun seasoning
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread seeds on a baking sheet and roast for 5-7min (or until they begin to pop).
- Remove and add to a bowl with oil and seasoning. Mix to combine and allow to roast for 3 more minutes.
- Once cool, combine seeds, nuts, cranberries and peanuts.
- Stir and serve.