Pepitas sure do pack a punch for something so little! I love these little seeds, they are a great snack and have a delicious, nutty flavour. They are high in protein and also the amino acid L-Tryptophan which acts as a building block in protein biosynthesis. (Humans needs 10-20 different amino acids from food.) Pepitas are also rich in vitamins E, C and A as well as many minerals.
I often add them to porridge, muesli or salads...but this is the first time I have made a whole snack based on them. Super easy and super tasty, this is a great way to grab an on-the-go protein bite.
Pepita Protein Bites
serves 25, approx. 88 calories per serve
approx. macronutrient breakdown: 3.5g protein, 6.2g fat, 5.6g carbohydrate (2.9 sugar)
270g pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
50g whole almonds
25g besan flour
25g wheat germ
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice
60g treacle (or molasses)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Mix all dry ingredients together. Spread out onto a baking tray and toast in the oven for about 5 mins.
Place the dry ingredients (still hot) into a large bowl and drizzle molasses and honey over. Mix through until well combined then spread into a line baking dish, pressing down firmly.
Bake for about 20-25mins or until golden brown. Allow to cool then cut into squares. Store in the fridge.