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The Best Fall Snack: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt

By Kelsey Banfield |

Toasted Pumpkin SeedsOne of my favorite parts about pumpkin carving is roasting the seeds. After we scoop the stringy flesh out of the pumpkin I usually run right inside to separate the seeds and wash them in the colander while my husband finishes the actual carving. Roasting pumpkin seeds is a very simple procedure that yields delicious results. Once the seeds are roasted they will keep for several days and are perfect for sending to school for snack time or keeping in your purse for afternoon munchies. I like them best roasted with a tiny bit of sea salt for flavor, but you could spice them up with a touch of red pepper for heat.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt

2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds, cleaned and dried

1 teaspoon sea salt

Non-stick cooking spray

1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Separate the seeds from the pulp of the pumpkin until you have two cups. Rinse them under cold water until all of the pumpkin flesh is gone. Then spread them on a paper towel and pat them dry.

3. Spread the seeds on the cooking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 25 minutes, or until seeds are golden brown. At the halfway mark turn the seeds with a wooden spoon so that they brown evenly.

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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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9 thoughts on “The Best Fall Snack: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt

  1. Shannon @ bakeandbloom says:

    I love this. Nothing edible should be thrown away.

    You know mango skins are really good roasted with salt & sugar?

  2. bigFATcook says:

    yum yum :) I just love these seeds! So natural and so good.

    Greets from BFC!

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  5. Karey says:

    Wow thank you! Now I dont have to waste the seeds! I didnt even know you could eat them. This is great!

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