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Sweet and Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Updated on March 11, 2013
roasted pumpkin seeds
roasted pumpkin seeds

It's Halloween. You've carved the pumpkin and have made a royal mess. Now what?

Clean up! But don't throw out that goop you scraped out of the pumpkin. It's great for an easy and tasty snack!

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of many vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins B and E, zinc and magnesium. They are high in protein and mono-unsaturated fats, which lower your LDL cholesterol level and raises your HDL level. They are high in calories, so don't eat the whole bowl in one sitting!

Saving the Seeds

First, you will need to separate the seeds from the stringy flesh. I did this manually as best I could, then I ran the seeds under water while rubbing off the rest of the goop.

Next, the seeds will need to dry. I laid mine out on a cookie sheet over night, but you can put them in a warm oven for a few minutes.

Sweet Seasonings
Sweet Seasonings

Seasoning

Now here's where we get creative.

The options are endless when it comes to seasoning your seeds. Determine if you want sweet or savory. I'm a sweet person all the way, so I pulled out all of my "sweet" spices.

"Sweet" Seeds: add melted butter, cinnamon, grated ginger, nutmeg, cloves, sugar

*I used stevia instead of sugar because I am trying to limit the amount of sugar in my diet (besides the 5 pieces of Halloween candy I snarfed earlier in the day!) and stevia is a great, natural sugar substitute.

Savory Seeds: butter, garlic salt, pepper

Spicy Seeds: butter, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper

Natural: butter, salt

Or add any spice mixes you already have in your pantry! Have fun with it!

Pumpkin seeds spread on cookie sheet
Pumpkin seeds spread on cookie sheet

Steps

1. Set oven to 275 degrees. Then, put all of the seeds in a bowl and mix them with melted butter. This gives the spices something to stick to. Plus, who doesn't love butter?

2. Add your spices. I eyeballed the amounts and tweaked to taste. Mix well.

3. Spread out the seeds on a cookie sheet in a single layer and put in the oven for 10-30 minutes, giving the pan a quick shake every 5 or so minutes. *Check frequently as the seeds can burn easily. I checked every 10 minutes and took them out after 20.

4. Enjoy!

Roasted seeds right out of the oven. Yum.
Roasted seeds right out of the oven. Yum.
Can you stop yourself from eating them all?
Can you stop yourself from eating them all?

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this look at pumpkin seeds and the all-round recipe. I could make myself deal with a whole pumpkin just to have the fresh seeds for this snack food. :)

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      cdemp11 4 years ago from GA, USA

      They are yummy! But beware, they go quickly!

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