Pumpkin Seeds

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Nothing says fall season like roasted pumpkin seeds! This is one of my favorite traditions this time of year. Pumpkin seeds are the best salty little snack ever!

Pumpkin seeds can be thrown on top of a salad for some extra crunch and flavor, or they make a great stand alone snack. They’re simply baked in the oven (just like another favorite fall-time snack—apple chips)!

Roasted pumpkin seeds in a small dish

Don’t toss them!

I’ve been roasting pumpkin seeds with my kids for as long as I can remember! We also did it as a family growing up. It’s one of the best holiday traditions.

We love carving pumpkins, collecting the seeds, and baking them in the oven for a salty fall treat. Have you tried them? They’re so crunchy and so good!

Did you know there are some health benefits to eating pumpkin seeds? It’s true! They are high in antioxidants (which can reduce inflammation) and packed with nutrients. They can improve heart health, prostate health, and even protect against certain cancers! Can’t beat that.

So don’t throw those pumpkin seeds out! Roast them and follow this recipe!

Washing and drying pumpkin seeds

TIPS FOR CLEANING SEEDS

Sometimes it’s tricky figuring out how to get all of the pumpkin slime off of the pumpkin seeds after carving pumpkins. Here are some tips:

  • Scoop the seeds into a colander. Run water over the seeds to separate the pumpkin guts off of the seeds.
  • Boil the seeds in salted water for 20 minutes (it really does clean the seeds well).
  • Drain and pour them onto a cookie sheet. Let them sit for about a day, or overnight, to dry out.

This will also help to pick out the remaining pieces of pumpkin that have dried onto the seeds. Drying them will also help them to roast better in the oven.

Adding seasoning to pumpkin seeds before baking

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Preheat your oven to 300. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray. Set aside. Place the pumpkin seeds in a bowl with melted butter and garlic salt. Toss the seeds to coat.

Spread the seeds in a single layer onto the foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes until golden. Make sure to toss them occasionally to cook evenly.

Store properly in airtight containers at room temperature.

Spice it up. Try different spices or herbs to change up the flavor.

  • Make them spicy with a little bit of chili powder.
  • Make them pizza flavored with Italian seasonings and some parmesan cheese!
  • Want to make sweet roasted pumpkin seeds? Toss them in cinnamon and brown sugar for a sweet treat.

Toasted pumpkin seeds in a small dish

Once your seeds are roasted, you can eat them on their own, or you can use them as a yummy salad topping!

For more fall snacks, try:

Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

5 from 11 votes

Nothing says fall season like roasted pumpkin seeds! This is one of my favorite traditions this time of year. Pumpkin seeds are the best salty little snack ever!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 638 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds raw
  • 1 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp garlic salt or seasonings of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300. Line baking sheet with foil and lightly spray. Set aside.

  2. Place seeds in the bowl with melted butter and garlic salt and toss to coat. Spread seeds in a single layer onto the foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes until golden, tossing occasionally. Store properly.

Recipe Notes

Other seasoning options: 

  • chili powder
  • salt and pepper
  • Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese
  • cinnamon and sugar

 

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    LOVE roasting up pumpkin seeds every year. Thanks for such an awesome recipe and for showing just how easy it is to make. my daughter lovers halloween so this is just one way she can keep it going! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the same recipe I use t o bake my pumpkin seeds. Though I did like your alternative flavoring suggestions. i’m going to try cinnamon and sugar this year.