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Pumpkin Seeds...The Perfect Fall Snack

Updated on September 15, 2017
Baked Pumpkin Seeds
Baked Pumpkin Seeds | Source

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere!

Autumn has arrived in all its glory! Colorful leaves, Cornstalks, Mums and an abundance of Pumpkins. At least one of the Pumpkins that adorn the front of my home always beckons me to bring it indoors and scoop out the seeds so I can make one of our favorite Fall snacks. Baked Pumpkin Seeds are so tasty! They are great to snack on or serve as a seasonal treat for dinner guests.

Make it easy! You can also cut pumpkins in half width wise. Once the seeds are removed the two halves can be put back together and used as an outdoor decoration...on a flat surface

Cut off the Top of the Pumpkin and Scoop Out the Seeds

I didn't plan to carve this Pumpkin so I didn't have to be concerned about how much of the top I cut off. Give yourself easy access to the seeds.

  • Scoop out the seeds with a metal spoon or one of the scoops that come in the "Pumpkin Carving Kit"
  • Put the seeds in a collander as you scoop them out
  • Rinse them under cold water to separate the pulp from the seeds
  • Cover a baking sheet with paper towels and pour the seeds on top
  • Spread the seeds out so they can dry completely

Cut Off the Top of the Pumpkin and Scoop out the Seeds
Cut Off the Top of the Pumpkin and Scoop out the Seeds | Source
Rinse the Pumpkin Seeds in a Collander
Rinse the Pumpkin Seeds in a Collander | Source
Allow the Seeds to Dry on a Baking Sheet
Allow the Seeds to Dry on a Baking Sheet | Source

Prepare the Pumpkin Seeds and Bake

  • Melt 1/4 cup of Butter or Margarine. You can use 2 Tbs. Olive Oil if you prefer.
  • Mix the Pumpkin Seeds with the Butter or Margarine until they are well coated.
  • Add Salt to taste and mix well

Cast your vote for Roasted Pumpkin seeds
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • Place the Pumpkin Seeds on a baking sheet
  • Spread them out so they are in a single layer. They will bake more evenly if they are not piled on top of one another.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the Pumpkin Seeds are browned and crisp

Pumpkin Seeds with Garlic Powder and Olive Oil
Pumpkin Seeds with Garlic Powder and Olive Oil | Source

Spicy Pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom

Mix spices with Pumpkin Seeds and butter or margarine before baking.

Sweet Pumpkin Seeds

  • 
1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • Mix with Pumpkin Seeds and Butter or Margarine before baking.

Pumpkin Seeds with Wasabi Powder and Olive Oil
Pumpkin Seeds with Wasabi Powder and Olive Oil | Source

Pumpkin Seeds-One of Nature's Most Perfect Foods!

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are a good source of protein, as well as iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and potassium. They are a natural source of fiber, carbs, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. Pumpkin Seeds contain most B Vitamins as well as Vitamins C, D, E and K

  • Amino Acids L-Tryptophan and Glutamate have been shown to be effective in battling Depression, Anxiety attacks and Mood Disorders.
  • mono-unsaturated fatty acids such as Oleic Acid help regulate cholesterol levels and prevents hardening of the arteries by lowering LDL and raising the level of HDL.
  • Some studies have shown that Pumpkin Seeds are beneficial to the Bladder and Prostate Gland, improve Gastrointestinal Health and help prevent Kidney Stones from forming.
  • Some countries consider Pumpkin Seeds to be "brain food" and use them to treat Learning Disorders

Cashew Pumpkin Seed Cheese with Apple Cranberry Sauce
Cashew Pumpkin Seed Cheese with Apple Cranberry Sauce | Source

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    • profile image

      7 years ago

      YW. We have squash quite often, too; and yes the seeds do seem a lot similar, come to think of it; you're right!

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      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Pumpkins are pretty seasonal around here as well. I think squash seeds can be substituted. I'd have to tyring baking them and see what they taste like before I recommend them though! Thanks for the vote:)

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      7 years ago

      Voted up. Pumpkin stuff is tasty, yes. I our area some of the various pumpkin options seems to be available more on a seasonal basis.

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Hi Will. The whole thing is edible. I don't really like to eat them raw nor have I ever taken the time to remove the shell but I do love the way they taste when baked!

      Hi Kristen.I don't think it matters but I have never looked inside a pumpkin specifically for "baking" and wonder what those seeds look like. Thanks for the comment:)

      Hi HikeGuy.Thanks for the nice comments and votes:)

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      Bryce 

      7 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Wonderful photographs! Informative and detailed. These are such good snacks. I like your idea of adding cumin and other spices. Voted up and useful.

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      Kristen Haynie 

      7 years ago from Modesto, CA

      This is awesome, and sounds very yummy! Is there a certain type of pumpkin that is best to extract seeds from? Is there a certain type to avoid?

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I plead ignorance...which part of the seed is edible? The whole thing? Just the kernel?

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Thanks carriethomson:) I also didn't know about the nutrients and health benefits. I just knew I liked to eat them!

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      carriethomson 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi pdern!!its great to know so much about the pumpkin seed. you listed all the benefits and recipes well. I never knew it is so beneficial. Now on ill try including it in my meals.

      carriethomson

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