July 17th, 2016 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in Adrenals, Anti-Candida, Dips, Dollops & Snacks, Estrogen Dominance, Menopause, PCOS, Recipes, Thyroid | Tagged

5-Spice Flax Seeds and Pepitas

5 Spice Flax Seeds and Pepitas

If you’re looking for a fantastic snack before bed that’s loaded with good taste – and good health benefits – look no further than this savory concoction.

The ingredients that comprise 5-spice powder are cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and Sichuan peppercorns.

And they all bring their own star power to the party.

5 Spice Flax Seeds and Pepitas - whole spices

Cinnamon is fantastic for women experiencing infertility issues because it helps to regulate hormonal balance.

Cloves have a concentrated amount of eugenol, which is a great anti-inflammatory.

Star anise has antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, all wrapped up in a warm licorice flavor.

Sichuan peppercorns are a wonderful (and flavorful) source of vitamin A, carotenes, and several metals. They also help aid digestion. These “peppercorns” aren’t actually peppercorns; they’re actually a type of berry from the Chinese prickly ash tree. If you have a hard time finding Sichuan peppercorns, you can substitute black peppercorns instead.

5 Spice Flax Seeds and Pepitas

This recipe will make more 5-spice than you’ll need for just this snack, but it’s worth it to make a batch for other uses. (It’s wonderful on meat or in sauces, soups, and vinaigrettes.) I always keep some on hand.

5 Spice Flax Seeds and Pepitas


Get more delicious healing recipes and learn how to rebalance your hormones with food in Cooking for Hormone Balance.

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5-Spice Flax Seeds and Pepitas
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5-Spice Flax Seeds and Pepitas // Author: Magdalena Wszelaki Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: 2-4 servings
Serves: 1 cup
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground star anise
  • 1 tablespoon ground Sichuan peppercorns - where to buy
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sea salt (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup golden flax seed
  • ½ cup pepitas
How To Make
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Stir the ground cinnamon, cloves, star anise and Sichuan peppercorns together in a small bowl, with sea salt if desired.
  3. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Toss the flax seeds and pepitas together with the olive oil.
  5. Add 2 ½ teaspoons of 5-spice powder to the pan, and stir well.
  6. Bake for 7 minutes and remove from the oven.
  7. Stir and bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until the mixture is lightly toasted.
  8. Let cool and keep in a jar with a tight fitting lid for up to 1 week.

5 Spice Flax Seeds and Pepitas

4 Comments to 5-Spice Flax Seeds and Pepitas

  1. Hello – after looking over your Program, I have decided it is not what I was looking for and would like to request a refund.

    Thank you so much
    Diane Greenhorn

  2. the above recipe calls for pepitas… they technically are not the same as pumpkin seeds but can they be substituted for same? TIA

    • Hi Sharron, The word pepita is often used interchangeably with pumpkin seed, but that isn’t entirely accurate. Yes, a pepita (“nugget” or “little seeds of squash” in Spanish) is a pumpkin seed, but pepita is actually used to specifically describe the tiny green seed inside the white shell. Inside a basic Jack-o-lantern pumpkin is a pumpkin seed.
      You would want to find the pumpkin seed without the shell. Hope this helps! ~Jeanne HB Team

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