With Halloween behind us, it’s time to collect our gourds and go home. If you haven’t already carved yours, now is the perfect time to gather your pumpkins and put them to (actual) good use by roasting those pumpkin seeds for a nutritious snack. Here is our favorite tutorial on how to roast pumpkin seeds, plus 6 awesome roasted pumpkin seed recipes with a flavor for every taste.
Oh She Glows is my favorite stop for natural snacks and, as expected, Angela came through with this great tutorial on how to roast pumpkin seeds. Each step comes with a photo so you know exactly what to expect. Bonus: At the bottom of the post Angela shares tons of delicious pumpkin recipes so that you can use up your entire pumpkin, not just the seeds.
I happen to love plain roasted pumpkin seeds with nothing but a sprinkle of salt, but it is so easy to flavor them that it would be unkind not to share a few simple recipes to show you how. I’m loving the sound of these Curry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds spied on the Kendall Jackson blog. This recipe couldn’t be easier and turns roasted pumpkin seeds from a healthy everyday snack into a cocktail party treat.
If you ask me, crunchy snacks like roasted pumpkin seeds are always well served by a little spice, and it doesn’t take much. This recipe for Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (above and top) from She Wears Many Hats uses garlic powder and cayenne to give a little bite.
You can never go wrong with a sweet crunchy treat! These Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from The Clean Dish are free of refined sugar, which is a fancy way of saying that they have nothing more than coconut oil, maple syrup and, of course, cinnamon. Yum!
We went spicy, then sweet—now we’re going sweet and spicy. Not only do these Honey Sriracha Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Soup Addict sound like they taste amazing, they also look beautiful. I’m placing bets that these will kill it at your next holiday gathering.
One more sweet and salty version (because who can get enough of that?!): Sweet and Smoky Pepitas from my site, One Hungry Mama. For a slight variation on the theme, I use smoked paprika to give depth to the salty side of this addictive snack. We eat them plain, but I’ve also been known to sprinkle them on top of a simple Kale Risotto.
Okay, if you’re into this roasting pumpkin seeds thing and you want something more—more flavor, more fabulous, more chocolate—these Vanilla-Coffee Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snack Clusters from Half Baked Harvest are for you. Yes, they’ll also take more time, but not much. Really, the only extra step is dipping these clusters in chocolate, and are you really going to complain about that?!
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