I originally posted a blog on homemade roasted pumpkin seeds a few years ago on the Children of America website via the Apple-A-Day blog I am the “voice” for. I love this full-family activity because it involves so many parts. 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 5 and 2 year old and while the 5 year hung around for most of it, the 2 year old lost interest after 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 screaked “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! I realize Halloween is tomorrow, but I BET many of you have pumpkins in your house! Definitely carve those babies and dig for seeds!
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.