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May 12, 2022

Hormone Balancing Pepita Brittle (Vegan & Dairy-Free)

This vegan pepita brittle is sweet and crunchy - a perfect snack or topping for ice cream. Bonus: it's made from seeds that can help balance your hormones.

Hormone Balancing Pepita Brittle (Vegan & Dairy-Free)

If you have a menstrual cycle, you need to know about seed cycling. (And if you don't maybe just skip down to the "why I love this recipe" section and learn about how tasty this brittle is.)

Seed Cycling is a practice of eating various seeds, in alignment with the phases of your menstrual cycle. The seeds contain nutrients to help regulate your hormones and can help to alleviate PMS symptoms like mood swings, acne, bloating, cramps, etc.

I'm not a doctor, so I recommend you learn more about the benefits of seed cycling here.

How to seed cycle

During the ovulatory and luteal phases of your cycle, it's recommended that you eat 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds each day.

Then during menses and the follicular phase, switch to 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds and 1 tablespoon of flax seeds each day.

That's where this pepita brittle comes in.

Hormone Balancing Pepita Brittle (Vegan & Dairy-Free)

Why I love this Pepita Brittle

  • Dietary needs — this pepita brittle is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, and refined sugar free
  • Hormone-balancing — the nutrients in pepitas and flax seeds like zinc and lignans that can help balance rising hormone levels
  • Super simple — you likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now! If not, raw seeds are very easy to find in most grocery stores.

Why is this recipe hormone-balancing?

Pepitas have a high zinc content which can help your body as it increases progesterone production.

Flaxseeds have lignans, which bind to excess estrogen your body is producing during menses and the follicular phase.

Hormone Balancing Pepita Brittle (Vegan & Dairy-Free)

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

  • Raw Pepitas: be sure to buy raw pepitas, not roasted pepitas to avoid added oils and preservatives
  • Ground Flaxseed: for the most optimal nutrition, buy whole flaxseeds and grind them with a spice grinder right before you use them
  • Maple Syrup: you can use date syrup to keep this recipe completely fruit sweetened, though you'll need to let the brittle cook and cool longer for the date syrup to set
  • Salt: a bit of salt enhances the sweetness of the brittle, so don't skip it
  • Optional Add-Ins: cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cayenne. If you want to switch up the flavor of your brittle feel free to add a pinch of your favorite spice.

Hormone Balancing Pepita Brittle Ingredients

What's the difference between Pepitas and Pumpkin Seeds?

Pepitas are a type of pumpkin seed, but they don't grow in all pumpkins. (Like, if you carve a pumpkin on Halloween, you won't find pepitas inside.)

Pumpkin seeds that you'd find inside of an average pumpkin are white. Pepitas are green. And they come from a special type of pumpkin.

You can find pepitas (already outside of the pumpkin) in the nut/seed section of the grocery store. They're often in the bulk section.

How to make Pepita Brittle

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients, adding the cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cayenne as desired.

Step 3. Spread the mixture in a single layer on the baking sheet.

Hormone Balancing Pepita Brittle Steps 2 & 3

Step 4. Bake 35-40 minutes, until the brittle is starting to harden (it won't be completely hard at this point). Let the brittle cool completely on the pan. Serve, and enjoy!

Hormone Balancing Pepita Brittle Step 4

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for this brittle - thank you for giving us foods that work with our bodies to keep us healthy and happy. Amen.

Hormone Balancing Pepita Brittle

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Hormone Balancing Pepita Brittle (Vegan & Dairy-Free)

This vegan pepita brittle is sweet and crunchy - a perfect snack or topping for ice cream. Bonus: it's made from seeds that can help balance your hormones.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

16

Prep:

5

min

cook:

35

min

total:

40

min

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Raw Pepitas
  • 1 Cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 2/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • Pinch Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and/or Cayenne (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients, adding the cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cayenne as desired.
  3. Spread the mixture in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake 35-40 minutes, until the brittle is starting to harden (it won't be completely hard at this point). Let the brittle cool completely on the pan. Serve, and enjoy!
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April 28, 2022
Jean Mastin
Elizabeth: Thank you so much for making my meal times wonderful again. I am 86 yrs plus, and was finding eating dull and dreary. Now it is " scrum delicious time to eat". . Blessings de Jean
Hi Jean - Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you are enjoying my recipes. Please let me know if you ever have recipe requests or if there's anything else I can do to keep your meals delicious!
April 9, 2022
Katie
Can you leave nutritional info for your recipes? Serving size/calories would be so helpful! Trying mushroom lentil stew tonight! and looking forward to crispy chickpea stuffed sweet potatoes very soon. Thanks for creating healthy, attractive recipes!
Hi Katie - so excited to hear that you are trying some of my recipes! I'd love to hear how they go. I haven't posted nutritional information for my recipes because I know it can be difficult for some people with disordered eating to see nutrition facts. I've gotten a lot of requests to add them recently, so I'm working on a solution that can provide information for those who want it but not be triggering for others. In the meantime, if you're curious about the nutrient info about a particular recipe, I recommend using Cronometer. It's a website/app to track and understand nutrient info and I think it does a great job of emphasizing all the nutrients (not just macros). I hope this helps! Please let me know if I can help in any other way.
April 9, 2022
Vickey
U mentioned date sugar on this recipe but it’s not in the instructions. I know u add it but just in case u wanna add to instructions. Love ur recipes! Thank u. I’m thinking of going to vegan a little nervous tho lol
Hi Vickey - thanks so much for catching that! I am updating the post now. So happy to hear you enjoy my recipes. And exciting that you are thinking about going vegan!! If there's anything that I can do to help, please let me know.
March 28, 2022
Sr Maureen Egan
I'd love to try this soup. What are the nutritional values, like how much fat does it contain, carbs, etc.
Hi Sr Maureen - I usually don't post macronutrient information because I know each person has their own goals and I don't want to encourage or discourage anyone's specific goals. But I often use Cronometer as a tool to understand the nutritional profile of my recipes. I plugged the ingredient information for this recipe into Cronometer and got the following nutrient information per serving: 521 calories, 44g fat, 23g carbs, 16g protein. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions and if you try the recipe!
March 26, 2022
Margareta Ahle
This curry is absolutely delicious.
Thank you so much! It's one of my favorites :)
March 23, 2022
Martha maloney
Thank you I have been doing the fruit and oatmeal, etc for years and I love it. I will try the pears. I refrigerate my left over oatmeal and with a touch of milk or fruit juice liquid it’s fine the next day. Just a warning about tofu; it interferes with some medicines especially Thyroid medicine. Thank you for the short prayers, there are lovely.
Hi Martha - thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you like the prayers! As someone who doesn't take any medications I have no issues with eating tofu and encouraging others to eat it too (it's a great source of protein!). That said, you should always consult with your doctor about possible interactions with medications. I have plenty of recipes without tofu, so hopefully you can find things that work for you!
March 3, 2022
Susan Cunningham
I made this for Ash Wednesday and it was delicious. It was also simple and not much work time once the mushrooms and onions were cut.
Hi Susan - I'm so glad you liked it!
March 1, 2022
Jade
When you say shape into a rectangular loaf, what dimensions? 1/2 thick by 8 inches long or?
My loaf was about 7" long and 4" wide with about 1" of height. Then I sliced it 1/2" thick along the long end to get 12ish biscotti. I will clarify this in the post! Let me know if this makes sense and if you have any other questions.
January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography