Roasting Pumpkin seeds is an absolute must when dealing with your pumpkins this year. Save the seeds when carving your Jack-O-Lanterns and enjoy this healthy crunchy snack by following this super easy step-by step guide to roast pumpkin seeds.
I have fond memories of carving pumpkins as a child and saving the seeds for roasting. Watching my toddlers stick their hands into pumpkin guts quickly reminded me to not waste the seeds this year.
Roasting pumpkin seeds is an easy activity to add to your halloween/October celebrations. Get creative with different seasonings and enjoy sampling them together.
In this post I share with you how to easy roast your own pumpkin seeds for a healthy delicious snack.
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The easiest way to gather pumpkin seeds is when your carving jack-o-lanterns or making pumpkin puree. The first step is to cut into the pumpkin and separate the seeds from the guts. Place them in a separate bowl.
Then rinse the seeds with cold water in a colander like this super turquoise one!
Pat dry with a towel, not with paper towel. Paper towel causes the seeds to stick together and makes a mess.
Preheat the oven to 350.
To season seeds (optional) before roasting, remove the towel from the bowl and toss with a fat like oil, butter or even bacon grease and toss with seasoning mixture like salt and pepper, cinnamon sugar, pumpkin spice seasoning and salt.
Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Roast in the oven for 12- 15 minute.. Lay seeds in a single layer on lined or lightly greased cookie sheet. Remove from oven every 5 minutes to toss by using a spatula to encourage even browning. When the seeds start to smell nutty and have a golden brown color, they are ready!
Here's my go to recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds. Toss raw pumpkin seeds season with olive oil, kosher salt, 1/4 tsp garlic salt, paprika and pepper.
Pumpkin Seed Recipe
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 1/2 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- While carving pumpkin for baking or for Halloween, remove seeds from the guts
- Rinse seeds with cold water through a colander
- Dry pumpkin seeds using a dish towel in a bowl
- Remove towel from the bowl and toss seeds with olive oil and seasons
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment or tinfoil
- Lay seasoned pumpkin seeds in a single layer on the cookie sheet
- Bake at 350 for 15 minutes
- Remove from oven every 5 minutes and retoss for even browning
- After 15 minutes, or when seeds are browned and smell nutty let cool
- Store pumpkin seeds for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container
Store Pumpkin Seeds in an air tight container like a mason jar or plastic container for up to 2 weeks.
BONUS: Save Pumpkin Seeds for Planting!
Make sure to save your pumpkin seeds when pureeing your pumpkins or carving them for Halloween. Pumpkin seeds are super easy to plant. In fact, we fed our pumpkins directly to the cows last year and had pumpkins growing in the same pen in the spring!
Save your seeds from your pumpkins by separating the seeds from the guts in a separate bowl. Dry them on the counter on a piece of paper towel. Once seeds are dried then you can store them in a brown paper bag for the spring.