04 Nov Sweet and Savory Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds

Making pumpkin seeds is a fun, family tradition. It’s probably my most favorite part about carving pumpkins. This year I branched out and created a variety of both sweet and savory seasoned pumpkin seeds. We had quite a few pumpkins from our garden. It was fun to try different flavors. You will have to let me know which ones you like. I think my personal favorite this time was the sweet cocoa.

Pumpkin seeds are a unique, healthy snack. They are high in magnesium, zinc, cooper, protein, and provide many health benefits. 2 tbsp. of unshelled roasted pumpkin seeds (28 grams) contains: 125 calories. 15 grams of carbohydrate (including 0 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fiber) 5 grams of protein. Add them on salads, dishes, or eat as a snack.

Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds
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Left over pumpkin seeds from pumpkin carving can be cooked and seasoned in a variety of ways for a quick snack. Seeds can be added to salads and other dishes as well.
Each recipe uses 1-1/2 c. pumpkin seeds. Try the following flavors.
  • 1 tbsp. Worcester sauce
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • ⅛-1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • ⅛ tsp. garlic powder
Pumpkin Pie
  • ½ tsp. honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. olive oil
Sweet Cocoa
  • 1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
Asian Twist
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce, tamara sauce, or coconut amino
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. honey or agave
Indian Cuisine
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. honey or agave
Hot Chile Lime
  • ½-1 tbsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • salt
  • pepper
Sweet and Spicy
  • 1 tbsp. Worcester sauce
  • 1 tsp. cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. honey or agave
Orange Stick
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • ½ tsp. fresh orange juice
  1. Scrape out seeds from pumpkin. Wash off all pumpkin residue.
  2. Boil seeds in salt water for 15 minutes. This will remove all the slime.
  3. Spread seeds out on a cookie sheet and let dry completely. This usually takes a day.
  4. Combine 1-1½ c. pumpkin seeds with desired seasonings in a bowl. Stir ti combine. Lay pumpkin seeds on a cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees for 1½ hours.