Don’t throw out that pumpkin just yet! It was once beautiful decor, but we can do something more with it. Let’s bake those pumpkin seeds to make the most of it! Simple salted pumpkin seeds are a treat I look forward to every fall. This is just one of those little things that make this season special. My mother made (and still makes!) these every year and I have carried this tradition on in my own home.
I don’t let go of fall when October ends. I always hold on until the end of November before shifting gears! So many people jump to winter and holiday decor, recipes, and even scents...not me! It’s still time for baked pumpkin seeds, pies, apple cider, and fall diffuser blends! These simple salted pumpkin seeds are crunchy, salty, and delicious! I store them in a large glass container on the counter to serve from when we are in the mood as well as in individual packages for on the go.
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This is a simple and effortless healthy fall snack!
Do you have to wait for the pumpkin seeds to dry first?
Before baking your pumpkin seeds, you want to wait for them to dry out first. You want a crunchy finish and any moisture left will result in a mushier texture. Also, you will be seasoning the seeds before baking. The oil won’t stick to the seeds if there is water on them as oil and water do not mix. I dry mine out overnight to be sure there is no moisture left!
Can you eat the whole pumpkin seed?
Yes! It is actually more nutritious to eat the whole seed than to shell it. The inside part of the pumpkin seed is also known as a pepita and can be eaten on its own if you prefer it. It’s easier, more nutritious, quicker, and crunchier to roast the whole seed!
Here’s how to bake pumpkin seeds for a yummy healthy snack!
What you need
Towels OR paper towels.
How to Bake Pumpkin Seeds | Simple Salted Pumpkin Seeds
- Take your pumpkin seeds and get as much of the “guts” off of them as possible.
- Put all of your seeds in a collider and rinse them off thoroughly.
- Place down your towels or paper towels and lay the seeds out across them.
- Allow the seeds to air dry out overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 250°
- Put your pumpkin seeds in a large mixing bowl. Lightly drizzle olive oil across them and salt to taste. Toss them around a bit to evenly coat.
- Pour the seeds out on your greased baking sheet in one even layer.
- Bake for 1 hour, tossing every 20 minutes.
- Serve once cool!
What are some fall traditions from your childhood that you have carried on? Tell me all about how you create a cozy home during this season in the comments below!
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Season to taste!
Season to taste!