Photo of a tin of Maple Brittle in a holiday tin sitting in Christmas greens, lights and ornaments

Maple Brittle with Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds

If you find yourself on some sort of special diet for healing purposes, like I have found myself in past winters, this recipe is for you. Nobody wants to feel restricted at a time when festive meals and special memories are the name of the game. This Maple Brittle- made of clean, simple ingredients- is the perfect solution. Free from nuts, gluten and refined sugars, it’s a gut-friendly indulgence that doesn’t taste like a compromise.

Maple Seed Brittle with Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds


Prep time5 minutes

Cook time10 minutes

Total time15 minutes

I’ve been on a special diet some years to help my body heal from health issues. I’ve worked hard not to view it as restrictive, but at times it can feel that way. As we enter into the holidays, I wanted to make sure I found some treats I could enjoy this season without taking any steps backward health-wise. This brittle is the perfect solution. Made entirely of whole ingredients and free from nuts, gluten and refined sugar, it’s a guiltless indulgence I’ll be enjoying all season long.


  • 1 cup maple sugar
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, shelled
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, shelled
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  • 1

    Cover a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Pour sugar and maple Syrup into a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.

  • 2

    Add the butter ad continue to cook over medium heat until the candy thermometer just barely reaches 300 degrees F. Be careful, this mixture can burn (and burn you!) easily.

  • 3

    Just as the thermometer reaches 300 degrees F, remove the pan from the heat and add salt, baking soda and seeds. Stir very quickly to combine and be ready to instantly pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading out as thinly as you can.

  • 4

    Let the brittle cool at room temperature and avoid touching it, it’ll burn you! Once it hardens, break the mixture into pieces and enjoy! Or give as a gift. Or, store in a secret tin and enjoy on the sly for up to two weeks. Sharing is hard.


Maple sugar can be a little tricky to source, I usually order mine from Azure Standard, but it can be purchased on Amazon as well.

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