Candied Sunflower Seeds

21 Mar

Be warned: The following recipe is extremely addictive and extremely delicious..  I can take no responsibility for the consumption of large handfuls of this snack, nor would I tell you that would be a bad idea.  ‘Cuz these are just too damn good.


My inspiration for these candied sunflower seeds comes from a local restaurant here in the Philly ‘burbs.  Their salad had crisp apple slices, gorgonzola cheese, and the candied sunflower seeds sprinkled on top, tossed together in a light citrus vinaigrette.  Boy howdy, it was good!  I was hooked after my first bite.  I ordered this salad every time we went out…and then they took it off the menu.  Bummer.  So now, I make them on my own, and get giddy with excitement when I smell these baking away in the oven.

before the oven

This recipe is super easy to prepare–Dump ingredients in bowl. Stir. Bake. Consume. Can’t get any easier than that!

If you want to take these in a more savory-sweet direction, add a few cracks of black pepper to the mix.  I prefer these as a sweet accent–sprinkled on yogurt, ice cream, fresh fruit, green salad, or just eaten straight out of the bowl.


  • 1 egg white
  • ¾ cup white cane sugar
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups raw, unsalted sunflower seeds


  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Large rimmed baking sheet


  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine egg white and sugar.
  3. Mix in salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  4. Add in sunflower seeds and stir well to coat the seeds in the sugar mixture.
  5. Spread thinly on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and stir the nuts (you’ll notice they are beginning to get crisp)
  7. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes, until just beginning to brown.
  8. Let cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container.  **I always store in the fridge, especially in warmer weather when the sugar coating tends to get very sticky.


  • Look for sunflower seeds in your bulk section




2 Responses to “Candied Sunflower Seeds”

  1. Abbey April 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM #

    yummmmm!!! enjoying the blog Lou!!

  2. Angela January 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM #

    Excellent! Had raw sunflower seeds in my pantry and needed a quick topping to take to a sundae party. Perfecto!

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