A Roasty Toasty Halloween – Tasty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I know, I know, you probably already carved your pumpkin days ago and threw away all the inside gloop already–but if you waited until today to do your carving, or maybe just have whole pumpkins sitting out as decorations, then I implore you to SAVE THOSE SEEDS!

Pumpkin seeds are chock full of nutrition–they contain protein, Vitamin E, a whole slew of B-Vitamins, and even essential minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.  All that is somehow packed in those crunchy little kernels.

You can simply salt them (sometimes my favorite way), or try seasoning them with one of the few different combinations below for a sweet or spicy change.   Have any other winter squash (like butternut or acorn) lying around waiting for you to eat them?  Save those seeds too!  They may be smaller than pumpkin seeds, but you can roast them up the same way.  Mix them in with your pumpkin seeds for a little variety, and try throwing a handful in some trail mix for protein instead of nuts.

3 Ways with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Dry your pumpkin seeds first by laying them out on a sheet pan and baking for 30 minutes in a 300F oven.  Then toss with seasonings and roast at 350F for 15 minutes, or until fragrant and crisp.

Mole Spiced

  • 2 cups dried pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee beans (not instant coffee)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

 

Sweet and Salty

Sweet and Salty

  • 2 cups dried pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Spicy Herb

  • 2 cups dried pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

 

So stay warm and dry inside, and experiment with your favorite seasonings to come up with your own signature flavor!  Happy Halloween!

 

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