Pumpkin seeds are tiny little nuggets that are packed with tasty goodness. They are exceptionally easy to transform with just a few minutes in the oven, and you can get really creative with flavours. Try these delicious (and easy!) recipes for roast pumpkin seeds – you won’t regret it!
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When your kids have finished carving their pumpkins (check out these easy pumpkin designs for inspiration), don’t throw away the tasty and nutritious seeds.
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and omega-3, as well as nutrients like magnesium, iron and zinc. The best thing about deciding to roast pumpkin seeds is that it’s so incredibly easy. And once they’re ready, it’s a healthy snack that you have on hand to nibble on.
Once roasted, and full of flavour, the seeds are ideal for lunch boxes – the recipes below are bound to be popular with the kids!
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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
When you scoop the seeds out of the pumpkin, they will need to be rinsed to remove all of the pumpkin flesh. Once the pumpkin seeds are cleaned, leave them to dry on some kitchen paper and pat dry.
When it comes to roasting the seeds, you will want to toss them in some salt and either olive oil or melted butter. Once fully coated, lay the seeds on a baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes at 160-degrees Celsius, shaking and tossing them every 5-10 minutes to prevent burning.
This straightforward roasting is tasty as it is, but you can also get really creative as the seeds hold the flavour of both sweet and savoury very well. See some of the delicious possibilities below:
Add Some Flavour to Your Roast Pumpkin Seeds
A simple coating of butter or oil with some salt and pepper is a delicious and healthy snack as it stands, and they are ideal for adding to soups, salads or baking. But if you fancy upping the humble seeds to a truly gourmet snack, you will love these ideas that are packed with flavour. From honey and maple to parmesan and masala, these are yum!
1. Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Seeds
Cinnamon, butter and brown sugar are the coating for these seeds – and it works so well!
2. Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds
Sweet, salty, crunch – there is nothing not to love about these pumpkin seeds from Garden in the Kitchen!
3. Rosemary Parmesan Pumpkin Seeds
This classic combo of flavours is a savoury treat – and the optional addition of chilli flakes offers a real kick!
4. Honey-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Sweet and salty together is such a great combination, and these honey-roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious!
5. BBQ Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
These seeds have a really tasty smoky flavour that really packs a punch!
6. Masala Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Packed with flavour, these seeds are roasted in a delicious mixture of Indian spices. What a fab savoury alternative!
7. Maple-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
These are sweet and crunchy with touches of maple syrup and brown sugar, which caramelize a bit in the oven to give a satisfying crunchy treat.
8. Ginger Paprika Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
This is a really interesting flavour combo, but with flavours that really complement each other.
9. Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
The spicy mix here is made up of garlic, salt and cayenne pepper – and they are incredibly more-ish!
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Which of these flavour-packed recipes for roast pumpkin seeds is your favourite – the traditional or something new? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!