How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds – Crunchy, Spicy and Delicious!

I’ve been carving pumpkins all weekend with my kids in preparation for Halloween. I was left with a pile of slimy, thready pumpkin mixture from the inside of the pumpkin and a load of beautiful seeds. Rather than throw these away and waste them, I spiced them up and roasted them in the oven. Twenty minutes later and voila we had a healthy, crunchy and addictive snack! Pumpkin seeds are so nutritious – full of iron, magnesium, fibre, zinc, potassium, omega 3 fats and protein. It’s also good to know that the seeds from a sugar pumpkin are tastier than from a regular carving pumpkin but we used our carving pumpkin’s seeds and they tasted pretty good to me.

What you will need:

  • Raw pumpkin seeds fresh from your pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Spices: sea salt, black pepper, 1 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp cayenne.  Or just experiment with any spices you love: oregano, basil, garlic powder, cinnamon, turmeric etc.

How to prepare the pumpkin seeds:

  1. Slimy raw pumpkin

    Slimy raw pumpkin

    Carefully clean the pumpkin seeds by removing all the pumpkin bits from the seeds. This can be a little fiddly but shouldn’t take too long. Rinse in a colander and pat dry with kitchen towel. (Many people also soak their pumpkin seeds in filtered water and a little sea salt for 24 hours to ease digestion. If you prepare in advance and can allow yourself this time, then I recommend this step.)

  2. Spread the pumpkin seeds out onto a baking tray, mix with the olive oil and add all the spices you want.
  3. Roast in the oven at 400F for 5-20 minutes, depending on the size of the seeds. Check them and stir them throughout the cooking time. Be careful not to burn them as this can happen very easily!
Spicy Roast Pumpkin Seeds - A Healthy Snack

Spicy Roast Pumpkin Seeds – A Healthy Snack

 

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