Don’t let those delicious little pumpkin seeds in your pumpkins you plan to carve, go to waste. Instead put them to use for a healthy snack! Season them, roast them, they’re easy to make! They turn into a delicious little fall snack that will get gobbled up by all.
POST UPDATE:Original recipe posted: October 2018 | Recipe updated: September 2020
Why I Love Preparing Pumpkin Seeds To Eat
Roasting pumpkin seeds is not something I do every year, which is ridiculous. Roasted pumpkin seeds are DELICIOUS! They can be addicting too! And salty and yummy and impossible to stop eating.
Every year, about a month before Halloween, my boys eagerly plan which design they want to carve into their pumpkins. It’s something we look forward to annually. We love getting creative with our Jack O Lanterns, and its a fun family tradition. I love that they want to carve a pumpkin and get into the spirit of the season and I love that we get to make a salty snack from the guts of our pumpkins. The pumpkin seeds that are inside your pumpkin make a great snack, so you may want to make a couple more jack-o-lantern pumpkins next year!
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HOW TO CLEAN AND ROAST PUMPKIN SEEDS
Preheat the oven to 350.
CLEAN THE PUMPKIN: Use a spoon and scrape the pulp and seeds out of the inside of the pumpkin. You can toss the pulp and seeds into a bowl.
CLEAN THE SEEDS: Separate the pulp from the seeds, placing them in a colander. To rinse the seeds thoroughly, put the seeds in a colander and rinse with cold water.
PREPARE THE SEEDS: Spread the seeds in an even single layer on a baking sheet and dry the seeds by pressing a paper towel over them to dab most of the water off.
SEASON: Add melted butter (or olive oil) and seasoning salt over the seeds and toss the seeds gently so they are all covered. Then be sure the seeds are in a single layer again on your baking pan.
BAKE: Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes, stirring once in the middle until they are golden brown. Remove from the oven and enjoy immediately!
ENJOY A HEALTHY SNACK
Not only are roasted pumpkin seeds totally delicious, they also come with some nutritional benefits! They are a great source of protein, omega-3, fiber, magnesium and zinc. Yay! Eat up!
HOW TO STORE ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS
There isn’t always time for roasting pumpkin seeds right away and that is just fine because they will wait patiently for you! Store them covered in the fridge for 3-4 weeks or at room temperature for 5-7 days.
PERFECT FALL TREATS
Best Pumpkin Bars -These bars make the perfect fall dessert. They are moist, irresistible and full of yummy pumpkin flavor. Great for your next fall gathering.
Halloween Snack Mix – This sweet and salty Halloween Snack Mix is a great Fall snack to have on hand. It is perfect for a handful on the run or a great snack for kiddos after school! It’s a fun finger food to bring to your Fall and Halloween-themed parties at school!! Mix and match the snacks you have on hand to build your snack mix.
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake -The only thing better than salted caramel apples is Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake! This is the perfect fall treat and a great way to use up any type of apples.
Best Apple Crisp – This delicious Apple Crisp recipe is the best. It is tried, tested and NEVER fails! It is the perfect way to use up apples in the fall. You’ll love the oatmeal brown sugar topping and the flavors of the apples dusted with cinnamon shines through. You should definitely enjoy your serving of crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes – Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes are the tastiest way to use up apples! Salted caramel oozes over apple cupcakes that are topped with apple-infused icing. These are irresistible!
HEALTHY FOODS FOR PICKY KIDS
Knowing you can help your kids get the nutrients they need in more than one form is what we want to help you accomplish! We’ve put together a list of delicious foods that our kids don’t see as healthy but allow them to enjoy eating their fruits and/or vegetables in a snack or breakfast item. You’ll be happy they’re eating better choices and they are happy to be blissfully unaware.
Healthy Breakfast Cookies – These cookies aren’t just for breakfast and they are deceptively delicious. Kids will never know how healthy they are!
Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups – Eliminate artificial and unknown ingredients by making your own homemade fruit roll-ups! This is the ultimate snack food for kids. Great for lunch boxes, too!
Healthy Breakfast Muffins – Enjoy breakfast the healthy way! Whip up a batch of these muffins as a perfect on-the-go meal or a snack to stay on track with healthy eating. These breakfast muffins are beyond delicious plus they’re packed with good stuff.
No Bake Granola Bars – These Healthy No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect snack for little ones. Filled with dried fruit and chocolate, peanut butter and honey, you will satisfy your sweet tooth with a snack you can feel good about eating. There is something comforting about knowing EXACTLY what goes into your kids’ bodies!
Healthy Fruit Dip – This Fruit and Veggie Dip is creamy, healthy and ADDICTING. Kids LOVE this stuff! Great healthy after-school snack option.
- These Healthy Snack Bites take less than TEN minutes to put together and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry, so get making them! My boys adore them! Great after-school or anytime snack with no preservatives or added sugar!
Easy Zucchini Brownies – These are the BEST Zucchini Brownies you’ll ever make! Super moist, flavorful and chocolatey and topped with a creamy-dreamy frosting. This is the best way to use up zucchini from the garden!
Instant Pot Applesauce – Make your next batch of applesauce in your Instant Pot for an added touch of delicious flavor! This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. It is a great way to use up apples, it is the perfect snack for kids and it never lasts long in my house.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Guts from 1 large pumpkin
- 4 tbsp butter melted
- sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment. Separate pulp from seeds and rinse seeds under cold water. Place them in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Pour the melted butter evenly over the tops of the seeds and toss to coat. Sprinkle salt generously over the top and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Pour into a bowl and serve!