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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Until last week, I had never carved a pumpkin myself. There was this one time in high school where I insisted on having a carved pumpkin … but aside from a tiny knife jab or two, I didn’t do the actual carving.

But on Halloween, I carved two pumpkins and my husband carved another two. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see them lined up and lit on our front steps … heck, I may or may not be still lighting them since I love them so.

Pumpkins are fun. They are also very tasty (and nutritious! Don’t forget nutritious!). Just look at all the pumpkin recipes I have written about lately. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Coconut Muffins … yum.

But the flesh of the pumpkin isn’t the only wonderful, edible, tasty part. The pumpkin seeds are also amazing — especially when they are roasted. Between the kids and I, we polished off a whole batch of these Roasted Pumpkin Seeds in just days. Honestly, a few pumpkins are on my farmers’ market list for this weekend. I am hoping to puree and freeze the flesh and roast more pumpkin seeds.

Chances are, the Roasted Pumpkin Seeds won’t last long.

As far as snacks go, this is one that I can feel good about serving to the kids. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, they have a good amount of protein, iron and even anti-inflammatory benefits. For men, they may even help with prostate health.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Yield: 8 servings/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw, whole pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Rinse the pumpkin seeds, removing as much of the pumpkin flesh debris as you can. Lay the seeds out on paper towel to get the excess water off. It's okay if you don't get it all.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread the pumpkin seeds out and drizzle with butter. Use a spatula to mix well around the sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix again.
  4. Bake for 40-55 minutes until the seeds are lightly browned. Stir every 5-10 minutes after 40 minutes for even browning.
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zoe p.

Wednesday 4th of November 2009

Pumpkin carving is actually my #1 favorite thing about Halloween.

I LOVE the simple, elegant lines of your cat. Beautiful match of pumpkin and design . . . Um, I guess I take this art form VERY seriously!!

I hope I can find a leftover pumpkin and sneak in a little post-holiday carving, since I didn't get around to it on the actual day . . .

Cate O'Malley

Wednesday 4th of November 2009

My mom used to roast the seeds for us when we were growing up - a delicious memory!