How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

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Save the seeds from your Jack-O-Lanterns this year, and learn How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds for a nutritious snack with 2 flavor options. Follow these step-by-step instructions for an irresistible flavor, and prep your seeds ahead of time for easy on-the-go snacking! 

3 bowls of pumpkin seeds flavored different ways with spoons

The Best Pumpkin Snack

Whether you’re carving pumpkins for Halloween or making pumpkin purée for Bourbon Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, don’t forget to save the seeds for a healthy snack! Did you grow up carving jack-o-lanterns every year? Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween and all the scary things. However, I am up for all the pumpkin-flavored treats like Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Stuffed Dough Balls! In fact, I look forward to them every year and not so patiently wait for the return of fall. 

 Yet, as a result of making all these goodies, I find myself left with tons of pumpkin seeds every year. Not wanting to be wasteful, I always try to find creative ways to use them, and what’s better than roasted pumpkin seeds?

Pro Tip

Note: Before you can roast pumpkin seeds, you have to pick the perfect pumpkin using several guidelines. First, you want to make sure your pumpkin is bright orange and has a green stem. Second, you want it to feel heavy for its size and sound hollow when knocked on. Finally, make sure it is free from any openings or damage and feels firm to the touch, and you should have yourself the perfect pumpkin for all your jack-o-lantern and seed roasting needs!  

Super nutritious and crunchy, they’re one of my favorite snacks. In all honesty, they’re tasty on their own with just a drizzle of oil and pinch of salt, but I wanted to go all out this year and blow you away with unique flavors!

So, using inspiration from some of my favorite roasted nuts, I came up with not 1 but 2 options I know you’re going to love. Whether you want to learn how to roast pumpkin seeds, looking for nutrition tips, looking for new ways to eat them, and more, I’ve got you covered! 

How to Remove Pumpkin Seeds

First things first, before we can focus on how to roast pumpkin seeds, we have to remove them from the pumpkin! To start, cut the top off your pumpkin, and scoop out all of the seeds using a spoon and your hands. Then, add the seeds to a colander, and rinse them with water to remove any pulp that might be lingering. To finish, add the seeds to a baking tray or parchment paper, and pat them dry with a paper towel. Or, leave them out to dry overnight to create extra crispy seeds!

Pro Tip

Pro-Tip: The easiest way to remove the pulp from the seeds is to rub them together in your hands while running warm water over them.

Ingredients for Roasting Pumpkin Seeds (Sweet, Spicy, & Savory!)

There are many ways to roast pumpkin seeds depending on what you’re in the mood to snack on. So, to help satisfy everyone’s needs, we decided to roast a variety! Take a look at what you’ll need for each version below to find your favorite!

2 bowls of clean pumpkin seeds, 1 bowl of pepitas, and two small bowls with seasonings

Basic Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Ingredients

  • Raw pumpkin seeds or pepitas
  • Butter or olive oil 
  • Salt

Honey Mustard

  • Ground mustard
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Smoked paprika
  • Honey

Spicy 

  • Cayenne
  • Cumin
  • Onion powder
  • Chili powder
  • Pepper
  • Salt

The flavor options are virtually endless! For instance, you could create sweet pumpkin seeds by tossing them in cinnamon and sugar or drizzling them with honey. For a Mexican-inspired taste, try tossing them in taco seasoning.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Once the seeds have been removed and are dry, the process of roasting pumpkin seeds is super easy! 
  2. Combine the pumpkin seeds, butter, and seasonings in a small bowl making sure they are evenly coated. 
  3. Then, place them on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or lightly greased, and spread them out in a single layer. 

Let them bake for 12-15 minutes, stirring every 5-6 minutes. Then, let them cool completely, and enjoy! 

See the difference between pumpkin seeds and pepitas?

Speaking of that….

Are Pepitas Pumpkin Seeds?

Technically, pumpkin seeds and pepitas are the same things. However, pumpkin seeds have a shell, and pepitas do not. Pepitas are found in hull-less, thinner-skinned pumpkin varieties such as Lady Godiva and Naked Bear pumpkins. Both pumpkin seeds and pepitas are a nutritious addition to your diet! 

Close up image of seasoned and roasted pepitas
Pro Tip

Fun Fact: Pepitas are an ancient food and have been eaten in Mexico in civilizations dating as far back as the Aztecs who ate them raw or added them to sauces. 

Are Pumpkin Seeds Good for You?

close up image of clean pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are loaded with nutrients! A single serving contains high amounts of a wide variety of vitamins and antioxidants including iron, zinc, and magnesium, vitamin K, phosphorus, and manganese. They’re also an excellent source of omega-6 fatty acids! As a result, consuming pumpkin seeds can help reduce the risk of cancer, regulate blood pressure levels, improve heart health, and more. 

How to Use Pumpkin Seeds in Recipes

I love to eat pumpkin seeds on their own as a crunchy snack. However, there are so many ways you can use them in all your favorite recipes from pumpkin seed butter, to toppings for bread, additions to salads, and more! Some of my favorite ways to include roasted pumpkin see are: 

Storage Tips

If you plan to eat your roasted pumpkin seeds right away, they will stay fresh in an airtight container or sealable bag for a few days. However, if you want to keep them longer, I recommend storing them in the refrigerator for up to a week. Or, store them in the freezer for up to 12 months! 

Pro Tip

Note: To thaw frozen pumpkin seeds, simply place them on a counter. Or, pop them in the oven for 1-2 minutes to help them crisp back up. 

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How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds



  • Author:
    Lindsay

  • Prep Time:
    30 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    12-15 minutes

  • Total Time:
    42-45 minutes

  • Yield:
    8

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free

Description

These roasted pumpkin seeds come in a variety of flavor options from sweet to spicy and everything in between for a festive snack full of nutrients!


Ingredients


Units

  • 2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds or pepitas
  • 2 Tablespoon melted butter or olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt

Seasoning Options

  • Honey Mustard: 2 teaspoon ground mustard, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, pinch of salt, pinch of smoked paprika, 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Spicy – 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Carve the pumpkin open, and clean the pumpkin seeds by adding them to a colander to wash and remove any remaining pulp. 
  2. Lay the seeds flat on parchment paper or a baking sheet, and pat them dry with a paper towel, making sure to dry the seeds as much as possible between the towel. Or, for crispier seeds, let them dry overnight.
  3. Once the seeds are dry, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or lightly grease it with olive oil. 
  4. Combine the pumpkin seeds, butter or oil, salt, and seasonings (if using) in a small bowl, mixing well. 
  5. Place the pumpkin seeds onto the baking sheet, and make sure they are spread out evenly. 
  6. Place the pumpkin seeds in the oven for 12-15 minutes, stirring every 5-6 minutes. 
  7. Let the seeds cool completely before removing them from the pan.

Notes

Tip for removing the pulp: I found the easiest way to remove the pulp from seeds was to run warm water over the pumpkin seeds in a colander, Then remove pulp while water is running over them. Simply rub seeds between hands under the warm water.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 206
  • Sugar: 0.5 g
  • Sodium: 292.9 mg
  • Fat: 18.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.5 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 9.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: pumpkin seeds, gluten free, snack

I don’t know about you, but I look forward to pumpkin season every year, and I’m always looking for new recipes and inspiration! Do you have any tips on how to roast pumpkin seeds or favorite flavor combinations I should try? Let me know in the comments below! 

Cheers, 

LC

 

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