Roasted Sunflower Seeds & More Seasoning Blend Recipes - Danielle Walker

With three hungry and perpetually growing kids, I’m constantly on the hunt for snacks that I can buy or make that aren’t filled with junk and will actually satiate these guys. Nuts and seeds make a wonderful snack, full of fat and protein to keep bellies full through practices, games, rehearsals, etc. But the flavored types you can buy tend to be full of additives. The genesis for this particular snack was Asher since sunflower seeds are quite the mainstay in the baseball snack arena. So I set out to use my organic, gluten-free, additive-free, Healthy in a Hurry seasoning blends to come up with some enticing Roasted Flavored Sunflower Seeds to keep him going through double headers and tournaments. 

I created four recipes — Classic BBQ, Zesty Ranch, “Takis” (think limey Cajun), and Fries — and there’s something for everyone and every taste bud here! 

photo of little girl grabbing sunflower seeds of a cookie tray on a white counter

And while the blends I used for these — BBQ, Cajun, and Fries — are some of my favorites, I truly can’t pick just one to recommend. Instead, I wanted to share how versatile all of the blends are, show you some of my all-time favorite recipes using them, and encourage you to try them on a range of foods! 

Best ways to use a seasoning blend 

A quick primer on the flavors in all nine of my Healthy in a Hurry seasoning blends: 

Adobo — Garlicky and peppery, with cumin and oregano

BBQ — A smokey mix of paprika, chili powder, garlic, dry mustard, and cayenne

Burnt Broccoli — Bold and warm, with garlic, cumin, chili, onion, cinnamon

Cajun — Chiles and herbs come together in this mild, but smokey and slightly acidic blend

Caribbean — Smooth and smokey with some heat — paprika, chili powder, cinnamon, white pepper, cayenne

Fries — Smoked paprika and garlic with a blend of cumin, sage, basil and more

Mediterranean — Bright and herbaceous, with garlic, rosemary, thyme, majoram

Taco — A classic for a reason, this mild Taco seasoning blend is the only one you’ll ever need

Tagine — North African inspired with cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and more

 

two baking sheets of flavored sunflower seeds from above on a white counter

Best chicken seasoning

I love Adobo, Cajun, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Fries, Burnt Broccoli, and Taco Seasoning Blends on chicken. 

 

Seasoning for shrimp

Shrimp pairs well with Adobo, Cajun, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Tagine, and Burnt Broccoli.

 

Spices for pork roast

Pork works well with the flavors in Caribbean, Cajun, Adobo, Tagine, and Burnt Broccoli.

close up shot of flavored sunflower seeds

Best seasonings for potatoes

Both sweet potatoes and regular potatoes work insanely well with my Fries seasoning, but to change things up I love to also use Burnt Broccoli, Mediterranean, Tagine, and definitely Adobo. 

 

How to season eggs

Eggs take seasoning so well and using blends is a great way to change up their flavor. I love using a dash of Cajun, Caribbean, or Fries in mine. 

 

Vegetable seasoning 

I need to tell you if you haven’t paired broccoli with my Burnt Broccoli then well, you haven’t lived! But, in truth, veggies are so versatile and I use every single blend on different veggies. Eggplant loves the Tagine; Peppers love the Cajun; Mushrooms love the Burnt Broccoli; Zucchini loves the Mediterranean. 

 

Seasoning blend recipes

Four Quick Chicken Marinades

photo of bbq chicken in freezer bag with seasoning spice on its side

 

Dairy-Free Seven Layer Taco Dip

a variety of ingredients to create a grain free 7 layer taco dip in glass bowls and taco seasoning from healthy in a hurry

Chicken Tray Bake 

image of roasted smoky chicken thighs with potatoes and meyer lemon and olive salsa

Broccoli Crunch Salad 

close up image of broccoli crunch salad in a white bowl.

Blueberry Breakfast Sausage Patties

image of blueberry breakfast sausage patties on a bed of kale in a bowl with a fork.

Dairy-Free Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

image of instant pot dairy free chicken broccoli rice casserole in a bowl with a spoon on a counter

Roasted Garlic Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce with Blackened Chicken

Roasted Garlic Cottage Cheese Alfredo with Blackened Chicken in a white bowl on a counter top.

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Roasted Flavored Sunflower Seeds

  • Author: Danielle

Ingredients

Scale

2 cups (80g) unflavored sunflower seeds in shells

BBQ 

Zesty Ranch 

“Takis” 

Fries 

Instructions

  1. Mix up your preferred flavor and add the unflavored seeds. Toss to coat well.
  2. Spread evenly on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Place in the oven at 200°F for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. If your oven has the convection setting, bake at 200°F convection for 2 hours. They will dry out more quickly with the fan function and this is the method we prefer!
  4. Cool fully and allow the seeds to sit out at room temperature for 2 days to dry out. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.

 

11/28/23

Roasted Sunflower Seeds & More Seasoning Blend Recipes

above shot of flavored sunflower seeds in a white bowl on a white counter

COMMENTS

  1. Helena says:

    Do your kids chew up the shells with the seeds? I have never been able to do this!

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