The Great Pumpkin (Seeds)

Pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients including healthy fats. Try roasting some from your Halloween pumpkin in a little oil and sprinkle with a bit of salt.  (They can also be purchased in health food stores.)  Here are some other seasonings:

Optional Seasoning To Taste:
garlic powder or garlic salt
seasoning salt
black pepper
salt free seasoning blend, such as Mrs. Dash brand
cayenne pepper
Cajun seasoning blend
chili powder
Mexican style chili lime seasoning
Italian seasoning or other herbs
grated hard cheese such as Parmesan


Preheat oven to 300º F.

While it’s O.K. to leave some strings and pulp on your seeds (it adds flavor), clean off any major chunks. Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet (or spray with cooking spray).

Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

Some Flavor Combination for Gourmet Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snacks

  • Italian Style Pumpkin Seeds — Italian Seasoning Blend, Parmesan Cheese, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper
  • Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Seeds — Cinnamon, Ground Ginger and Pinch of Nutmeg, Butter
  • Greek Style — Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, Oregano, Salt, Olive Oil
  • Buffalo Wings Pumpkin Seeds — Butter, Tabasco Sauce, Salt
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