Vegan Pumpkin CheesecakeI love making sweet little crunchy treats, so today’s how-to is a refresher on making candied nuts or seeds without refined sugar or butter. Here’s the recipe for the vegan pumpkin cheesecake pictured above.

Suitable for:
vegan, gluten-free, low-sodium, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:
low-tyramine or migraine diets

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Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

How to make candied nuts or seeds

Easy technique for making your own candied nuts or seeds, with lots of spice options.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup organic
  • 1 tsp Earth Balance use unsalted butter for low-sodium version
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt pink Himalayan salt (omit for low-sodium diet)
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder optional
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds any raw nuts or seeds (115-120 g)


  • Mix the first four ingredients together and bring to a boil in a saucepan for one minute. Stir in the nuts or seeds.
  • Pour the mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet covered with foil or parchment paper. Bake 20-30 minutes at 325F/140C/gas mark 3, stirring every 10 minutes and keeping the seeds spread apart so the syrup can thicken. These can burn easily, so pay attention.
  • Remove when golden brown and set the tray on a cooling rack. When they are cool, they will harden into a brittle.
  • Break into pieces. Store in a tightly lidded container.


Per serving:
  • 248 calories
  • 20 g fat
  • 2 g saturated fat
  • 11 g monounsaturated fat
  • 6 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 305 mg sodium (2 mg sodium with salt omitted and unsalted butter used)
  • 153 mg potassium
  • 17 g carbohydrate
  • 3 g fiber
  • 13 g sugars
  • 2 g protein
  • 7 Weight Watchers Points Plus