Roasted pumpkin seeds are a healthy and nutritious snack. They are filled with nutritional goodness and are very easy to prepare.
They are a great project to do with the kids, when pumpkins are in season. If you harvest pumpkins at the peak of ripeness, the seeds taste amazing.
Roasted pumpkin seeds make a great snack and are also a fun choice to add to antipasti. (See my tips for making an antipasto platter here.)
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are Easy and a Fun Cooking Project to do.
Pumpkin carving is a great project to do with kids. When you are done, you’ll have a mess of innards and seeds.
Don’t just throw those seeds away when you are done carving the pumpkin. Scoop them out, wash and clean them and roast them in the oven.
Picky eaters will be eager to try them after the fun of carving the pumpkin and you’ll be giving them a very healthy snack.
To clean the pumpkin seeds, just separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse them in a colander under cold water, and then shake dry.
Don’t blot them or you’ll end up with a mess, because the seeds will stick to paper towels.
Once the seeds are dry, spread them in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet or on a silicone baking mat, and roast 30 minutes.
Toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your choice of spices (see below).
Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes.
The recipe that I have included uses paprika but many varieties are possible. Here are a few to try.
- If you like them sweet, use cinnamon sugar.
- For an Italian mix, add dried oregano and parmesan cheese.
- A nice Indian variety would be with garam marsala or cumin and then mixed with raisins.
- Pumpkin pie spice and sugar makes a great Thanksgiving treat.
- Granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and brown sugar will give you a caramely sweet treat.
Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
For more vegetarian recipes see my Pinterest Vegetarian board
- One Pumpkin Cleaned of seeds
- Olive Oil
- Smoked Paprika
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Using a spoon, scrape the pulp and seeds out of your pumpkin into a bowl.
- Clean the seeds: Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp
- Rinse the seeds in a colander under cold water, then shake dry. Don't blot because the seeds will stick to paper towels.
- Dry the seeds by spreading them in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast 30 minutes.
- Toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your choice of spices.
- Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes.