Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a fall staple in my house and they will be in yours as well. This is a spiced and savory recipe that takes minimal prep time and the rest of the time they’re baking in the oven.

    These Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect fall snack, or topping to add to salads or pasta! Pumpkin Seeds benefits are that they are healthy and nutritious! #pumpkinseedbenefits #roastedpumpkinseeds www.savoryexperiments.com

    Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Yippee! I am glad you made it over here for my Roasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe. I get sad seeing pulpy pumpkin seeds go to waste after the grand carving of the pumpkins.

    Carving jack o’lanterns is an activity the whole family can enjoy. And making roasted pumpkin seeds is too!

    Whether you call them roasted or baked pumpkin seeds, they are amazingly delicious. The actual seed doesn’t hold much flavor, but they do have a unique texture and are a blank slate for so many different spice blends.

    Today I’m sharing a basic zesty and salty pumpkin seed seasoning that is easy to customize and also totally crave worthy.

    Pumpkin Seed Benefits

    Truth is, these bad boys are delicious and nutritious. This is the best pumpkin seed recipe ever.

    So what are the health benefits of pumpkin seeds?

    • High in fiber
    • Contain magnesium and zinc
    • Linked to improving prostate health, diabetes and inflammation
    • A low calorie food
    • A low fat food
    These Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect fall snack, or topping to add to salads or pasta! Pumpkin Seeds benefits are that they are healthy and nutritious! #pumpkinseedbenefits #roastedpumpkinseeds www.savoryexperiments.com

    Ingredients

    • Pumpkin seeds – The next time you and the family carve pumpkins, don’t throw out the seeds! Larger carving pumpkins yield cups and cups of seeds. I always prefer fresh pumpkin seeds too. You want clean seeds, so make sure they are completely clean from the slimy pumpkin flesh.
    • Butter – In order to get that delicious spice blend to stick to the cleaned seeds, we need a binding agent. Melted butter does just that, but also provides great flavor. You could use olive oil instead if you prefer.
    • Fine sea salt – If you are using salted butter, I would omit the salt or at the very least cut it down. I like using fine sea for this tasty snack.
    • Seasonings – I like to use a blend of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and ground red pepper. Of course, the combinations are endless, so read below to discover other seasoning options.

    Pumpkin Seeds vs. Pepitas

    You might also be wondering what the difference is between these big pumpkin seeds and the smaller seeds commonly known as pepitas.

    Well, they both come from a pumpkin, but different types of pumpkins. Oilseed or Styrian pumpkins grow seeds without an outer shell (the large white exterior) and instead the shells turn green.

    If you were to break open a regular large white pumpkin seed, there would be a tiny seed inside, but it won’t be green.

    Try pepitas on everything from salads to desserts, like my Pumpkin Cheesecake (I love the salty and sweet). I like salty snacks, so I try to make my healthy snacks, like kale chips and roasted pumpkin seeds into the flavor I crave.

    These Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect fall snack, or topping to add to salads or pasta! Pumpkin Seeds benefits are that they are healthy and nutritious! #pumpkinseedbenefits #roastedpumpkinseeds www.savoryexperiments.com

    How to Make Roast Pumpkin Seeds

    So now are you wondering how to bake pumpkin seeds? It is really quite easy, just take some butter and seasoning and roast.

    PRO TIP: Spread the seeds in an even single layer to make sure they cook evenly.

    I like to leave a little of the pulp on there to add flavor, but hubby prefers them to be rinsed. Your choice.

    Even if you aren’t carving pumpkins or making homemade pumpkin puree to get your own seeds, you can easily buy pumpkin seeds at the store. You can even toss them in pumpkin pie spice for a sweet treat!.

    1. Prepare oven and sheet pan. Preheat oven and cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
    2. Make seasoning blend. Combine fine sea salt through ground red pepper in a small bowl, mix well.
    3. Toss seeds. In a medium mixing bowl, toss pumpkin seeds with butter to coat evenly. Add spice mix, tossing to coat.
    4. Bake. Lay in a single layer on prepared baking sheet and roast, turning halfway through until golden brown.

    Of course they make a great snack just like sunflower seeds, but you can really use them for so much more than a healthy snack. Top any number of pumpkin recipes like pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread or even pumpkin muffins.

    Chances are you are Googling "how to make salted pumpkin seeds" and you came across my Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe!

    Variations

    There are many ways to season this easy roasted pumpkin seeds recipe. Here are a few of my favorite ways:

    • Black pepper
    • Curry powder
    • Chili powder
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Parmesan cheese

    You could even make them sweet instead of savory with things like:

    • Maple syrup
    • Brown sugar
    • Cinnamon sugar
    These Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect fall snack, or topping to add to salads or pasta! Pumpkin Seeds benefits are that they are healthy and nutritious! #pumpkinseedbenefits #roastedpumpkinseeds www.savoryexperiments.com

    Storage & Freezing

    They don’t need to be refrigerated, so you can carry them around with you as a snack. They are also excellent for incorporating into recipes like topping a salad or pasta dish.

    The best way to store them is at room temperature for up to a week in an airtight container, but good luck getting them to last that long!

    Pumpkin seeds can be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight plastic bag or container.

    These Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect fall snack, or topping to add to salads or pasta! Pumpkin Seeds benefits are that they are healthy and nutritious! #pumpkinseedbenefits #roastedpumpkinseeds www.savoryexperiments.com

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    These Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect fall snack, or topping to add to salads or pasta! Pumpkin Seeds benefits are that they are healthy and nutritious! #pumpkinseedbenefits #roastedpumpkinseeds www.savoryexperiments.com
    These Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect fall snack, or topping to add to salads or pasta! Pumpkin Seeds benefits are that they are healthy and nutritious! #pumpkinseedbenefits #roastedpumpkinseeds www.savoryexperiments.com
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    Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Chances are you are Googling “how to make salted pumpkin seeds” and you came across my Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time40 mins
    Total Time50 mins
    Course: Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: pumpkin seed recipe, roasted pumpkin seeds
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 231kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 300 degrees and cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
    • Combine fine sea salt through ground red pepper in a small bowl, mix well.
    • In a medium mixing bowl, toss pumpkin seeds with butter to coat evenly. Add spice mix, tossing to coat.
    • Lay in a single layer on baking sheet, roasting for 20 minutes. Turn and roast for an additional 20 minutes.
    • Eat warm or room temperature.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1796mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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