Oh, hey! It’s the end of October, and you know what that means: candy season pumpkin-carving season! Are you looking for a way to use up those slimy pumpkin seeds? Here are 5 kitchen-tested and kid-approved recipes, from the sweet to the savoury, that show how to roast your pumpkin seeds to perfection! In fact, get your kids in on some gooey fun by having them scoop out the seeds and you will end up with a delicious and healthful snack.
Pumpkin Seeds New Superfood?
Roasted pumpkin seeds are one helluva superfood: they have anti-inflammatory qualities, are a rich source of zinc, are chock-full of magnesium, are a great source of plant-based omega-3s, are loaded with tryptophan which, combined with a piece of fruit a few hours before bed, can help you get those ZZZZs, plus loads of other good stuff.
How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds 5 Ways
Sweet or savoury, grab a handful of these roasted, power-packed little gems, shells and all, and enjoy them guilt-free.
Begin by rinsing the raw pumpkins seeds (which your children have lovingly and painstakingly de-gooped for you) under cold water in a colander. If working with a large batch, do 1 cup at a time, turning them over between your fingers under the water.
Lay the pumpkin seeds out to dry several hours or overnight on a layer of paper towels.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. (Soon your pumpkin seeds will look like this!)
Melt butter (or coconut oil) in microwave for 30 secs on high. (Omit this step if using olive oil).
Combine the butter or oil with remaining ingredients (depending on variation) by stirring with a fork. Add in the pumpkin seeds and combine until evenly coated.
On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer and bake for 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to 325ºF, toss the pumpkin seeds a bit and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Erica writes with humour and heart about family, #fit40s and living life in the carpool lane. Part-time banker by day and Netflix-addicted-cake-decorator by night, Erica's in-between time is spent dreaming up ways to ruin her kids' lives. Obviously.