Odds are you’re carving plenty of pumpkins this time of year and ending up with plenty of pumpkin guts, too! You probably know that you can use pumpkin meat to make delicious breads, pies, soups, and stews. But that’s not all! With a little bit of seasoning, pumpkin seeds make the perfect snack for your entire family! Not only are they delicious, they’re nutritious, too. Raw and roasted pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber and protein and they’re chock full of beneficial minerals, too.
No matter which flavor you choose, the prep process for your pumpkin seeds is the same. Separate them from the meat (gross, we know, but your kids might love it), rinse them thoroughly in a colander, and leave them to dry on a paper towel (remove them from the towel after an hour so to make sure they don’t stick). When they’re dry, follow the directions below to create a flavorful fall treat your whole family will love!
1. Traditional Seeds
Go old school with this original pumpkin seed recipe! Just toss 1 ½ cups of raw pumpkin seeds with 2 teaspoons of melted butter and a pinch of salt. Spread them on an oiled baking sheet and bake at 300°for 45 minutes, flipping occasionally.
2. Sweet Seeds
If your kids love churros, they’ll love this cinnamon/sugar seed recipe. Mix 3 tablespoons of melted butter with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon salt. Blend mixture with 1 ½ cups of raw pumpkin seeds and bake on an oiled cookie sheet at 300° for 40 minutes. Remove sheet and sprinkle seeds with 2 tablespoons of sugar.
3. Spiced Seeds
Worcestershire sauce adds a surprise kick to this take on tradition roasted pumpkin seeds! Mix your seeds in a combo of 1 ½ tablespoons of melted butter, ½ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt, and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. Then bake at 275° for about an hour, flipping occasionally.
4. Bumble Seeds
Another sweet choice for your seeds, this recipe blends ½ cup of honey with 2 tablespoons brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Mix well and place seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes at 300°, flipping them half way through. Remove the tray, sprinkle with ¼ cup white sugar, and bake for another 20 minutes.
5. Savory Seeds
The adults in your household are sure to enjoy these savory garlic parmesan seeds! Start by spreading seeds onto an oiled cookie sheet and baking at 300° for 30 minutes to dry the seeds. Then blend 2 tablespoons olive oil with ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt and toss dried seeds into mixture. Bake for another 10 minutes and serve.
6. Mexican Pepitas
No need to spend money – you can make your own version of this popular snack at home! Simply spread your seeds on an oiled baking sheet and sprinkle them with 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, and a pinch of dried oregano. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes, then stir the seeds. Bake another 15 minutes and you’re hecho!
With so many options for yummy pumpkin seed snacks, you’re sure to find one your family loves. Store your seeds in an airtight container and enjoy!