Roasted pumpkin seeds are easy to make after carving your Halloween pumpkin. This pumpkin seed recipe uses olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt to keep them on the healthier side. Crispy and golden-brown these pumpkin seeds are delicious as a snack or to added to soups and salads.
Oh I do love pumpkin season. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and of course, roasted pumpkin seeds. With Halloween eve upon us, we carved our pumpkins today, and then roasted pumpkin seeds with olive oil and sea salt for a healthy snack for the kids to nibble on.
Roast pumpkin seeds for an annual family tradition at Halloween
Roasting pumpkin seeds is a fun Halloween tradition to do with your kids every year after cleaning out your pumpkins. In case you’ve never done it before, I thought I’d show you how to roast pumpkin seeds quickly and easily. Your kids will love helping. It’s a great way to extend your pumpkin carving festivities.
Roasted pumpkin seeds are healthy!
Although they’re small, pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrition, so hopefully they’ll offset some of the not-so-healthy snacking that the kids when they come home from trick-or-treating.
Ways to use roasted pumpkin seeds
Roasted pumpkin seeds aren’t just for snacking. You can use them as a garnish and add them to other recipes as well.
I like use roasted pumpkin seeds to garnish a bowl of soup. They’re especially delicious with this butternut squash soup. I also like to sprinkle roasted pumpkin seeds into a salad. I’m going to add them to our next batch of homemade granola as well.
Spice up your roasted pumpkin seeds!
We don’t get fancy so our pumpkin seed recipe is very basic. If you’re looking to add spice and flavour to your seeds, here are 16 great pumpkin seed recipes to inspire you. Personally, I think the garlic-parmesan and the salted caramel ones sound divine.
Here’s our simple pumpkin seed recipe to get you started.
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Ingredients for roasted pumpkin seeds:
- pumpkin seeds
- olive oil (or butter, vegetable oil, canola oil etc.)
- Sea Salt
How to roast pumpkin seeds:
- In a colander, rinse the seeds under cold water to remove the pumpkin pulp.
- Pat your seeds dry and transfer them to a bowl.
- Drizzle with olive oil, and give them a stir until they’re all coated. Go easy on the oil. A little goes a long way.
- Sprinkle your seeds with salt, stir well, and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 350ºF for 20-30 minutes, stirring at the half-way mark.
Keep an eye on your pumpkin seeds while they’re roasting, and watch for them to become a beautiful, golden brown. They can burn quickly if you don’t keep an eye on them.
Your seeds will be extremely hot just out of the oven. You may hear them sizzling and popping, so give them a few minutes to cool down. I know. It’s torture. They smell soooo good.
If you love a little sweet with your salty, toss a handful of candy corn in with your pumpkin seeds.
Candy Corn & pumpkin seeds. What an amazing combination!
And there you have it! Wasn’t that easy?
Now that you know how simple it is to make roasted pumpkin seeds, I hope it becomes an annual fall tradition at your house!
Golden-brown, salted roasted pumpkin seeds are easy to make and packed with nutrition. Delish as a snack or in soups and salads.
- 2 cups pumpkin seeds
- 1-2 tsp Olive Oil
- dash Sea Salt
In a colander, rinse the seeds under cold water to remove all pulp.
Pat dry or swirl a paper towel around in the colander for a minute or two to absorb the water.
Transfer the seeds to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt and stir well.
Spread in as single layer on a baking sheet.
Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes, stirring at the halfway mark.
Oven temperatures vary so keep an eye on your seeds. Remove them from oven when they reach a golden brown as they can burn quickly.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.