Pumpkin seeds are actually a healthy, tasty, salty snack. They can replace chips or salty crackers easily. But don’t get them roasted in oil and salted from the store. Buy them raw and we’ll tell you right now how to roast pumpkin seeds!
There are plenty of health benefits of pumpkin seeds as they’re rich in nutrients and other important compounds. They contain magnesium, which is good for your heart, zinc, which props up your immune system, plant-based omega-3 fats, and tryptophan, which helps you have a very restful sleep. Pumpkin seeds are also good for prostate health, they have anti-diabetic effects, they help keep your liver healthy and if you’re a woman going through menopause, they will help you feel more comfortable.
I’ve lately started to eat pumpkin seeds as a snack, instead of giving in to all kinds of snack temptations. And beyond the health benefits, there’s one more: cracking the seeds keeps my hands busy after finally managing to give up smoking. I like that it’s a healthy food that is consumed bit by bit, slowly, so you can realize when you are all full and not overeat.
And because store-bought roasted seeds contain a lot of additives and unnecessary fats, it’s best you learn how to roast pumpkin seeds in the comfort of your own home. Don’t worry, it’s not a very complicated or time-consuming process!
How to roast pumpkin seeds in 8 steps
1. Get the seeds
If pumpkins are a big part of your diet, then you’ll never lack for seeds! If not, you can buy packs of raw seeds at the store!
2. Get the other ingredients
The best way to roast pumpkin seeds is in butter, so you will need some melted butter for the process. But if you don’t feel like complicating your life, you can also use olive oil or vegetable oil.
You will also need some salt, for basic seasoning.
3. Preheat oven
Turn up the dials of your oven to 300 degrees F/148 degrees C.
4. Clean the seeds
If your pumpkin seeds are not store bought but you have cut them out of your pumpkin yourself, you should clean the strings and remaining flesh from them. You don’t need to get all of them – as many as you can so the flesh doesn’t burn in the oven. The strings, in low numbers, can actually bring more flavor to the seeds.
5. Oil up the seeds
Place the seeds in a bowl and pour the oil over them. Mix them, so that as many seeds as possible come into contact with the fat.
Add salt, as much as you want!
If you have some extra time, then you can enhance the flavor of the pumpkin seeds with some pepper, garlic powder, paprika, or grated hard cheese – like parmesan. Whatever floats your boat.
7. Roast in the oven
Coat a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the seasoned seeds on it. Place in the oven and cook for about 40-45 minutes, or until the seeds turn a golden-brown color.
8. Cool off
The smell is amazing and your patience is probably wearing thin! Well, you still have to wait for the seeds to cool off before starting to snack. Put them on a plate, so they cool off faster, and leave them on the counter.
Nothing else left to do but pick a movie or a TV series to binge on, and snack on the seeds!