Roasted pumpkin Seeds are one of my favourite fall treats and are a fun way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. We started this morning with gutting our pumpkin. Keira wasn’t too thrilled at the idea of getting “yucks” all over herself so this job got relegated to me. She couldn’t wait to start helping me cook so she could “mixing it”.
The first step in pumpkin seed making though is separating all the seeds from the pumpkin guts. This again was my job. You then want to rinse the seeds well and I like to dump them onto a dry kitchen towel just to remove any excess water without actually drying them. Don’t forget to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
The fun part is next.. lay them out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with a tablespoon of olive oil and then as much or as little seasoning salt as you want.
Then you can get down to tossing it to coat them all evenly. This is also known as “mixing it”. This was Keira’s job.
Throw it in your pre-heated oven for about 10-15 minutes or until they start to get a nice golden brown. You may need to stop them part way through to toss them again.
Allow to cool and then enjoy!
How easy is that?
You can also use this method with other Winter Squash for a similar result. I find that other Squash are a bit harder to get the seeds from and of course never contain quite as many as a nice big pumpkin but even still in a pinch during a craving they work quite well!
Another trick, if you have time, is to blanch the seeds quickly in salted water prior to seasoning. This helps keep them crunchy instead of chewy.
- Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Seasoning Salt
- Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F
- Clean and Rinse Pumpkin Seeds
- Lay on a Tea Towel to remove excess water
- Toss with EVOO and Seasoning Salt
- Bake on a Baking Sheet for 10-15 mins
- Allow to cool
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!