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Recipes for Toasted Baked Pumpkin Seeds: Sweet, Spicy, and More

Updated on September 3, 2014
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When you're finished with your pumpkins in the fall, taking out the seeds so that you can bake them in the oven or roast them in a pan is a great option. Pumpkin seeds are easy to cook and are delicious when they're toasted with sweet, salty, and/or spicy ingredients. There are numerous ways to customize recipes to suit your personal tastes and preferences. There are also a wide variety of options for incorporating them into other recipes. Happy cooking!

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Start with the basics.

If you've never made toasted pumpkin seeds before, you may want to keep your first couple recipes simple so that you can get the technique and timing perfected. Many people enjoy these simple recipes and don't ever go beyond them. It's up to you whether you want to experiment with additional flavors.

  • Roasted pumpkin seeds. Elise roasts her seeds in the oven. Many people choose to toast them in a frying pan on the stove. Try both methods to see what suits your tastes.

Roasted pumpkin seeds with cinnamon and brown sugar.
Roasted pumpkin seeds with cinnamon and brown sugar. | Source

Sweet

Many pumpkin seed recipes are salty, spicy, or combination recipes, but there is nothing wrong with switching gears and going for a strictly sweet recipe.

Betty's Spiced Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Spicy

Take the flavor level for your pumpkin seeds up a notch with these spicy recipes.

Combination Recipes

Are you like me and are a sucker for sweet and salty desserts and snacks? You can take this concept and apply it to pumpkin seeds.

  • Caramelized. How can you go wrong here? The salt gives it just enough contrast with the sweet caramel flavor.
  • Honey and spice. There is so much for your taste buds to absorb here with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, black pepper, and salt.


Adding toasted pumpkin seeds to granola is a great option during the fall.
Adding toasted pumpkin seeds to granola is a great option during the fall. | Source

Granola

There are so many granola recipes that have pumpkin seeds as an ingredient option. If you can't find a recipe here that you like, try adding them your favorite recipe.

Brittle with assorted nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds.
Brittle with assorted nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds. | Source

Brittle

If you enjoy peanut brittle and are looking for a new alternative, try it with pumpkin seeds.

Cooking Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Pesto

Instead of using pine nuts in pesto, you can use pumpkin seeds. This is a great way to switch up a classic recipe for the fall. Many traditional pesto recipes use basil or spinach, but most pumpkin seed pestos have different bases. You can experiment with either set of ingredients. Two great options for pesto are pasta and pizza.

Tuna poached in oil served with pesto and topped with poached egg, heirloom tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds.
Tuna poached in oil served with pesto and topped with poached egg, heirloom tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds. | Source

Toppings

Pumpkin seeds are a great topping for a wide variety of savory and sweet recipes. Here are just a few possibilities:

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're just in time, Audrey. This is a great time of year to get some seeds.

      Thanks, everythingdazzles and Terrye!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I love the variety of ways to use pumpkin seeds. Great job! Voted up and shared.

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      Janelle 

      5 years ago from Houston

      These look yummy!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Oh my mouth is watering--I forgot how much I love fresh toasted pumpkin seeds!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Liz! Enjoy the new recipes.

      Thanks for the pin, Julie!

      That's awesome, Jamie. :) Enjoy the new recipes with your husband.

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      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Oh, my goodness! I had no idea there were different ways to do pumpkin seeds..The sweet ones sound delish! I will have to give some of these a try since my husband is so crazy about pumpkin seeds. He ALWAYS insists that we save them when we carve out pumpkins every year!. Great hub :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Wow! Who knew...I am going to pin this :)

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      Eunice Elizabeth 

      5 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      Wow fabulous delicious new recipes to try, I never really thought about trying anything out of the pumpkin seeds other than the regular roasting

      Well done

      Voted useful & voted up

      Liz

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Linda! You'll have to give it a try sometime.

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      lindacee 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I love pumpkin seeds, but have never tried different flavors. Thanks for the great recipes!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Carol, that sounds like a good plan! :) Thanks.

      That's great, Crystal! Thanks.

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      Crystal Tatum 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Wonderful ideas and very timely. I personally don't like pumpkin, but I do like the seeds. Voted up and useful.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I would buy a pumpkin to try some of these seed creations. Sound delish... Thanks for all the different ways to eat these yummy seeds. You can ship over any leftovers you have. Thanks so much.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Bill! I'm with you on the garlic. Enjoy the recipes.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had no idea there were so many ways to make pumpkin seeds....got to go with the spicy....and the more garlic the better. Great job Rose; I'll be trying some of these in a week or two.

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