Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds

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These Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds are a completely addicting healthy snack.  These Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds are super easy to make and they make a festive snack to serve guests during the holiday season

These homemade pumpkin seeds are easy to make and they make a nice snack to serve guests during the holiday season. 

These Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds are super easy to make and they make a festive snack to serve guests during the holiday season

I have always loved to exchange recipes.  It’s always such a compliment when someone asks for one of my recipes…but mostly, it’s so fun to share recipes with people for them to enjoy year after year.  There’s something almost eternal about sharing recipes.  I have recipes in my kitchen that have spanned generations, and when I make a recipe, I always recall the person I received it from.  Well, that’s not true.  Sometimes I only recall that I received a recipe from… “what’s her name”.  In any event, recipes are gifts that keep on giving.    How many family traditions have been started because of a good recipe?  Some traditions we probably owe homage to good ol…..  “what’s her name”.

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS RECIPE

  • Pumpkin (pepita) seeds
  • Canola oil (or light olive oil)
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger
  • Salt
  • Dried cranberries

HOW TO ROAST PUMPKIN SEEDS

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the spices in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the pumpkin seeds and canola oil in a bowl and toss well, making sure the pumpkin seeds are well coated.
  4. Spread the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet making sure they are spread out evenly.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir the seeds occasionally.
  6. Remove the seeds from the oven and place them in a bowl.
  7. Add the maple syrup and stir until the seeds are evenly coated with the maple syrup.
  8. Sprinkle in the mixed spices to the pumpkin seeds and stir to coat the seeds well.
  9. Place the pumpkin seeds back onto the cookie sheet (with a new piece of parchment paper if the other is too messy), and bake for another 15-20 minutes (be careful not to let them burn – as they will burn quickly the last few minutes).
  10. Stir the seeds once or twice so they bake evenly. 
  11. Remove the seeds from the oven and let cool completely. After they have cooled completely, add the dried cranberries and toss well.

I can assure you…that after you make these roasted pumpkin seeds ….it will become tradition in your home to make them every fall….especially for Thanksgiving.   These are the best roasted pumpkin seeds you’ll ever eat, and they make a lovely snack to have sitting in little bowls around your home for guests.  And…I can also assure you….that those guests will be asking you for this recipe…and then every fall they will make them and have  them sitting in little bowls around their home for their guests.

These flavored pumpkin seeds are a great healthy snack to have on hand anytime!  The delicate crispiness of the lightly spiced pumpkin seeds together with the tart-sweetness and chewy texture of the cranberries and the little flecks of salt make these pumpkins seeds a “10”!!

So run, don’t walk, to your nearest health food store bulk section, and buy up enough ingredients so every guest at your home for Thanksgiving can have a minimum of a half a cup worth of these incredible little seeds.  You might want to also buy enough ingredients to make up little gift bags full of seeds….. then tie them up with pretty bows…be proactive and add note cards with the recipe written on them, and give them to your guests to take home.  That way you won’t be bothered days later with voice messages asking for this recipe.  They will award you hostess of the year for doing so.

BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN SEEDS

Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of the minerals magnesium, mangansese, iron, copper, zinc, and protein. Pumpkin seeds contain a compound called Phytosterols which lowers cholesterol. Cranberries: To name just a few of the benefits from eating cranberries – they offer antioxidant protection, anti-inflammatory benefits, cardiovascular benefits, digestive tract benefits, and immune support.

HEALTHY HOMEMADE SNACKS 

Originally published 11.2011 – updated 8.2020

These Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds are super easy to make and they make a festive snack to serve guests during the holiday season
Yield: 4 - 8 servings

Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pumpkin (pepita) seeds
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3-1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the spices in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the pumpkin seeds and canola oil in a bowl and toss well, making sure the pumpkin seeds are well coated.
  4. Spread the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet making sure they are spread out evenly.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir the seeds occasionally.
  6. Remove the seeds from the oven and place them in a bowl.
  7. Add the maple syrup and stir until the seeds are evenly coated with the maple syrup.
  8. Add your mixed spices to the pumpkin seeds and stir to coat the seeds well.
  9. Place the pumpkin seeds back onto the cookie sheet (with a new piece of parchment paper if the other is too messy), and bake for another 15-20 minutes (be careful not to let them burn - as they will burn quickly the last few minutes).
  10. Stir the seeds once or twice so they bake evenly. The aroma coming from your oven at this time is amazing!!
  11. Remove the seeds from the oven and let cool completely. After they have cooled completely, add the dried cranberries and toss well
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