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The Sweetest (& Most Savory) DIY Pumpkin Seeds

I love this season even though we don’t really get Autumn down here in South Florida. Because of that we have to bring the Fall season to us! This full-family activity involves so many parts, but I highly recommend.  Just be organized and prepared for: setting up, drawing the pumpkin, carving, gathering the seeds, cleaning the inside and then my favorite….. Roasted pumpkin seeds!

Lets be honest here. Your entire family is not going to be involved in every step. I have a 4 and 7 year old now, but the first time I did this they were 2 and 5.  While the 5 year hung around for most of it, the 2 year old lost interest after about 1 minute of each “new” step. I tricked her at point and stuck her hand in the pumpkin to feel all the “gooey” (come on it’s Halloween!) when we were gathering the seeds and she screeched “ICKY!”

If you haven’t already carved, but have a pumpkin at home, please try this! Rather than throwing out your seeds after carving a jack-o-lantern, make a delicious afternoon snack with the leftovers.

Here is a basic recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds, but I urge you to dress these up a bit with spices.  Savory flavors using cayenne pepper and chipotle seasoning work very well, but if you have a sweet tooth, make up a sweet batch!  See tips and options for ideas.

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The Sweetest (& Most Savory) DIY Pumpkin Seeds
Homemade, DIY roasted pumpkin seeds straight from the pumpkin!
flavored DIY roasted pumpkin seeds
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Prep Time 20
Cook Time 20
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flavored DIY roasted pumpkin seeds
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Remove as much of the stringy fibers of pumpkin as you can.
  3. Add salt to 4 cups of water and bring to boil. Add pumpkin seeds and boil for 10 minutes.
  4. Drain and pat seeds dry with a paper towel.
  5. Toss seeds in a medium size bowl with oil and spread them evenly on a large cookie sheet.
  6. Roast seeds in oven for 20 minutes stirring half way through until crisp and lightly golden brown.
Recipe Notes

TIPS/OPTIONS:

  • For each cup of seeds, use about ½ – 1 ½ tsp of seasoning  TOTAL.  Otherwise the flavor will be too overwhelming.
  • Many recipes call for butter rather than oil.  Oil seems to work best, but unsalted

 

Flavors: Mix in these seasonings in medium bowl with oil before spreading on baking sheet:

  • BBQ: Use 1 tsp barbecue seasoning
  • Spicy: ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp chipotle powder, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Sweet & Spicy: ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp white sugar
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