Have you ever wondered what to do with the surplus of pumpkin seeds that you have after an eventful day of Halloween themed carving?  Well, you’re in luck!  After carving pumpkins with her roommates, Rachel decided to turn her pumpkin waste into a delicious snack!  Whether you’re craving something sweet and spooky or a more savory option, we’ve got you covered!  Below are our recipes for cinnamon sugar roasted pumpkin seeds and salt and pepper pumpkin seeds.  Make sure you save the recipe graphics for when you want to bake a delicious treat! Enjoy!

  1. Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Both sweet and crunchy, these are my favorite pumpkin seeds of the group! The brown sugar caramelizes in the oven and creates a mouth-watering gleam on the seeds. The salt also adds a nice dimension of flavor. Once the pleasant aroma of cinnamon sugar wafts through the air, you’ll have everyone fighting to get a handful of this tasty snack!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds 
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar 
  • ½ tsp cinnamon 
  • Pinch of salt 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Clean pumpkin seeds. 
  3. In a bowl, mix together the seasonings.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin seeds and olive oil together.
  5. Then, add seasoning mix and toss together with seeds until well-coated.
  6. Spread seeds onto a baking sheet into one even layer.
  7. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from heat, let cool, & enjoy.
Source: Rachel Butler

2. Salt & Pepper Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

If you’re in need of a salty snack, then this next recipe is the one for you!  The mixture of the olive oil, salt, and pepper makes these seeds taste just like popcorn.  It’s the perfect recipe to satisfy your craving for something savory. I personally love these seeds on a movie night with friends or family!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt 
  • 1/8 -½ tsp black pepper 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Clean pumpkin seeds.
  3.  In a bowl, mix together the seasonings.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin seeds and olive oil together.
  5. Then, add seasoning mix and toss together with seeds until well-coated.
  6. Spread seeds onto a baking sheet into one even layer.
  7. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from heat, let cool, & enjoy.
Source: Rachel Butler

Both of these recipes are healthy, nutritious, and filling. You can also season your pumpkin seeds with any spices or seasonings you have at home, such as chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, or even brown sugar! For more recipes, check out this article for more in-depth recipes. Spare the seeds from your pumpkins this year and make cooked pumpkin seeds for a fun, crunchy snack. You can never go wrong! Happy roasting!