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Pumpkin Seeds Roasted

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I grew up in a household where we didn’t waste anything. On Halloween after we carved the pumpkin mom would roast the seeds. The smell of them roasting sure brings back some good memories. Last fall I tried different ways of cooking the pumpkin seeds, but nothing could compare to the simple way mom used to do it.

Did you know that pumpkin seeds  contain L-tryptophan, a naturally occurring depression treatment. Pumpkin seeds also contain a good deal of phytosterols, which inhibit the  absorption of cholesterol in the human body. They are also high in magnesium and zinc. You can read more about the health benefits of pumpkin seeds here.

You’ll need:

Raw pumpkin seeds ( I cooked a small sweet pumpkin for puree and saved the seeds).

1 tablespoon butter or more depending on the amount of seeds.

Sea salt

Rinse your seeds. Just enough to get the goop off.

Lay them out to dry on a paper towel. Blot until fairly dry.

Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt.

Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake in a pre heated 300 degree F for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir if needed. I had a small amount so I didn’t need to stir them. If you are roasting them closer together you need to stir so they cook evenly.

Cool and eat.  They are so good I eat the shell and all 🙂 Store in an air tight container.

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20 thoughts on “Pumpkin Seeds Roasted”

  1. Kim @ The Soulicious Life says:

    Mmmmm … Nothing beats fresh roasted pumpkin seeds! And I love that they keep for months in an airtight jar. Bonus!

    1. Diane says:

      They really are the best. I used to not eat the shell, now I love the whole crunchy seed!

  2. Dawn @ Small Footprint Family says:

    This is a great, very nutritious way to use up ALL the pumpkin! I’d love it if you linked this post up at Small Footprint Fridays, a new sustainable living linkup!

    http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/small-footprint-friday-sustainable-living-linkup-100512

  3. Donna Huisinga says:

    Saw you at Family Home and Life Link Party. My son loved to do this growing up so it was fun to read about again. Brought back memories. I think he may still do it as an adult.

  4. Kaye Swain says:

    What a great tutorial. Thank you 🙂

  5. Debra says:

    we LOVE the roasted seeds…it’s always been part of the pumpkin carving routine! LOL I had a pumpkin carving session with my grandson already , a week or so ago, and I think half of my motive was for some seeds! Those are long gone…going to have to do another pumpkin! 🙂

    1. Diane says:

      me too!

  6. Connie says:

    I love pumpkin seeds but I have never made my own. Thanks for linking with me 🙂

  7. Anne Kimball says:

    Hi Diane, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com) visiting from the Natural Living Mamma blog hop.

    These look delish! I see a lot of pumpkin seed recips that use different seasonings, but I like the simplicity of these. Butter and salt, what could be better?

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you. I hope you can pop over to my blog and say hi sometime if you get the chance.

  8. Judy Haughton-James says:

    Very interesting information about pumpkin seeds Diane! I have never had roasted pumpkin seeds. I hope your Monday is going well.

  9. Jaime @ Mom's Test Kitchen says:

    I’ve never tried pumpkin seeds before! Next time I’m around a pumpkin being carved I’m making sure to save the seeds so I can try this out!
    Thanks for linking up to MTM Mondays!

  10. Cynthia L. says:

    I am so glad I found your site! I have about 6 pumpkins and I was hoping to made some seeds this year! I love this!

  11. Little Sis says:

    These are so yummy. Funny but the millions of pumpin based recipes haven’t really made me want to go get any, but THIS, this makes me thing it’s time to buy a pumpkin. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Jacqueline @ deeprootsathome.com says:

    Diane,
    I just discovered your site and have looked over lots of your content. I just have to ask you to join in over the weekly Wednesday link-up. If you would like to or are able to, many would benefit from your site. Love your practical and helpful posts. Thank you.

  13. Kathy @ Granny's Vital Vittles says:

    I love roasted pumpkin seeds, especially with a little cayenne added 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Scratch Cookin’ Tuesday!

  14. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    My late Dad always used to roast pumpkin seeds after we carved the Jack-o-Lantern. They were such a treat! Thank you for sharing this post and for bringing back some lovely memories!

  15. Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers says:

    We love roasted pumpkin seeds. They are such a delicious treat. The fact that they are healthy is an added bonus. 🙂

  16. Amanda @Natural Living Mamma says:

    I love roasted pumpkin seeds! Yum! We just made 4 pumpkins worth and they are already GONE. We are going to have to make more soon! Thanks so much for sharing on Natural Living Monday! I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! http://wp.me/p2pBvv-AQ

  17. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says:

    MmMM – love pumpkin seeds. Thanks for posting this recipe. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  18. Rachel @ day2day joys says:

    Diane, love, love, love your picture directions! And hoping to make some of these soon!

    And thank you so much for linking up with Healthy 2day Wednesdays as always! Hope you have a blessed week and hope you’ll be linking up this week!

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