Need a festive and healthy snack that's crispy and so delicious? Pumpkin seeds are perfect for chewing, especially if you have to counteract all the sweet treats you have indulged in.
With just a few simple steps, you will learn how to take sticky, moist pumpkin seeds and turn it into a delicious, crunchy and salty snack.
The Healthier Side of Pumpkin
Let's face it; Autumn is officially here, meaning we can enjoy all the sweet and decadent flavors of this season. For you, this could mean cake or pastry, and for others it could mean stealing your child's Halloween sweets while it sleeps ̵
If you want something on the lighter side, why not try to roast pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds have significant health benefits as they contain magnesium, potassium, calcium and more.
Toasting Pumpkin Seeds
Although pumpkin seeds and pepitas are technically both seeds, we will talk about roasting peeled seeds. They would rise into a carving or sugar squash.
If you are planning on baking with pumpkin puree, we recommend buying a sugar squash, as you will need it anyway.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lay the baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice the pumpkin and core it. Do your best to remove large portions of the orange.
Place your pumpkin seeds in a colander and rinse with cold water. Try to remove all thread-shaped pumpkin seeds with your fingers.
Sprinkle your seeds on some sheets of paper towels and dab them dry with another paper towel.
Throw your pumpkin seeds into some oil or butter (depending on the recipe) and then your spices of your choice. Here are 10 ways to season your pumpkin seeds.
Bake your pumpkin seeds for about 10 to 15 minutes after seasoning or until they have a light golden brown color. Enjoy after cooling!
10 Ways To Spice Up Your Seeds
The following amounts of ingredients are each measured for one cup of pumpkin seeds. If you are toasting a whole pumpkin patch with seeds, adjust it accordingly.
Classic Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds
For a classic flavor, after throwing your pumpkin seeds in a teaspoon of olive oil, sprinkle with some kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. You can not go wrong with simple ingredients.
Frank's Red Hot Pumpkin Seeds
If you enjoy your snacks with a little kick, there are several ways to spice up your pumpkin seeds. Try to throw them in Frank's RedHot spice. You usually sell it in the spice department of your local grocery store, but you can also find it online.
If you can not find the powdered version of this, add about 1-2 tablespoons of the liquid hot into it, along with a teaspoon of olive oil and salt and pepper.
Salt and Vinegar Pumpkin Seeds
If you're a big fan of salt and vinegar, you'll sometimes find spices in this popular flavor combination. Buffalo Wild Wings makes a fantastic version of this. Sprinkle a tablespoon directly after tossing in olive oil over it.
Buffalo squash seeds
You can find buffalo powder online or in most grocery stores. Sprinkle about one or two tablespoons (depending on how hot you want them) on your seeds after you have thrown them in olive oil.
Coconut Curry Seeds
Many people love a coconut-curry combination. So why not spice up your pumpkin? Seeds with these few simple ingredients? Instead of throwing your seeds in olive oil, drizzle one or two teaspoons of coconut oil and then sprinkle curry, salt and pepper over it. You will love this mix.
Ranch or Buffalo Ranch Pumpkin Seeds
Ranch is a very popular spice. So why not use that to spice up your pumpkin seeds? You can get the seasoning and dressing mixture of the ranch in powder form. Throw your seeds in a teaspoon or two of the delicious taste and enjoy.
You can even add a teaspoon of buffalo spice and a teaspoon of ranch spice to make this ever-popular buffalo-ranch combo!
Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds
Barbecue spices are another fantastic aroma that can spice up your seeds. About one or two teaspoons need to be thrown in just before roasting.
Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds
We can not skip the sweet stuff. Combine two tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon to get a cinnamon-sugar mixture. After dropping your seeds in a tablespoon of melted butter, stir in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and enjoy this delicious snack.
Cayenne pepper pumpkin seeds
and then sprinkle salt, pepper and about half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper over it. You will love the earthy and spicy flavors.
Parmesan Garlic Pumpkin Seeds
Once your seeds are lightly coated with olive oil, sprinkle half a teaspoon of garlic salt, a tablespoon of grated Parmesan and freshly cracked Parmesan cheese over it.