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Spicy Roasted Sunflower Seeds Recipe

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Spicy Roasted Sunflower Seeds Recipe

How do you make sunflower seeds spicy? The answer is simple, add some chili powder and cayenne pepper.

This recipe is perfect for those who love spicy food.

Sunflower seeds are a great snack because they are high in protein and contain essential fatty acids. They also provide a good source of vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, iron, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid, biotin, and selenium.

This recipe is perfect for those looking to spice things up. Try adding other spices such as cinnamon or garlic powder.

Recipe notes


  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Put the sunflower seeds on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle them with chili powder and cayenne pepper.
  4. Stir until all the sources have been with the seasonings.
  5. Bake the seeds for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven when golden brown.
  7. Let cool completely before serving.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Per Serving (3 tablespoons)
  • Calories: 90
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

The benefits of sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are healthy snacks that contain vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and fiber. They also have protein, which makes them great for athletes.

Sunflower seeds can be eaten by themselves or added to salads, sandwiches, cereals, soups, and pasta dishes.

They can be an ingredient in baked goods like cookies, pieces of bread, muffins, cakes, and pies.

They can be on top of ice cream!

Smoky chili-lime sunflower seeds

For homemade snack ideas:

Roast your sunflower seeds at home. You can roast them plain or mix them with different flavors like chocolate chips, dried fruit, and nuts.

You can use any flavor that you want. This recipe is an example.

You can also try this recipe with mixed pumpkin seeds.


  • ¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • Two eggs
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • Two teaspoons of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Cream together the butter, sugars, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  2. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Mix in the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the sunflower seeds and stir well.
  5. Line a 12 x 18-inch cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  6. Spread out the dough across the pan.
  7. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Cool completely before slicing into bars.

Sunflower seed ricotta sweet & spicy seeds

Sunflower seeds have been for centuries in many cultures for their nutritional value.

They contain high protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and healthy fats. This sunflower seed ricotta sweet and spicy recipe is delicious and easy to make!

This original recipe requires an airtight container, but it’s easy to make without one. Keep the mixture sealed and refrigerated for up to 2 hours.


  • One ¾ cup roasted sunflower seeds, chopped
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese


  1. Combine the sunflower seeds, sugar, spices, and salt in a food processor and pulse.
  2. Add the ricotta and process again until combined.

Sunflower seed pesto

Sunflower seeds are with nutrients and healthy fats. These pesto recipes are simple to make and perfect for snacking.

Cooking time: 8-12 minutes


2 cups roasted sunflower seeds

One clove of garlic, minced

One tablespoon of fresh basil leaves

One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

One tablespoon of lemon juice

Salt and black pepper


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. 

It is a healthy alternative to traditional pesto made from pine nuts, walnuts, or cashews.

How to roast raw sunflower seeds (shelled)?

Roasting sunflower seeds is easy. Place them in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes, stirring until they start to brown.

Remove from the pan and let cool completely.

How to prepare sunflower seeds as snacks?

Use these ideas to add variety to your everyday snacks.

Make your trail mix by mixing roasted sunflower seeds with raisins, almonds, peanuts, and other favorite crunchy snacks.

Make your popcorn snack by adding roasted sunflower seeds to your favorite microwave popcorn.

Try making sunflower seed brittle by roasting the bases on a baking sheet of parchment paper.

Try this recipe for homemade snacks or meals.

Last words

Roasted and spiced sunflower seeds are healthy recipes that will please you. They can be eaten alone or mixed with other foods.

It is also possible to use sunflower seeds to substitute bread crumbs when coating chicken breasts or fish fillets.

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Amy Toliver

Hey'all I'm Amy, a born foodie and diagnosed with celiac disease 7 years ago. I refused to cave into tasteless, boring gulten free food and create my own! On my blog you'll find info & cool facts along with recipes, all on gluten free foods!