So far this month, we’ve become pumpkin masters by making Pumpkin Puree from Scratch and Epic Pumpkin Spice Muffins. And with Halloween just around the corner, the final Jack-O-Lanterns are being prepped and seeds are being scooped, which means it’s the best time for pumpkin seed roasting. This year, in order to step it up from the regular old salted ones, I made a sweet and spicy mix from cayenne pepper and brown sugar, and they turned out great. Here’s how you can do it at home:
Pull the pumpkin seeds (guts and all) from your soon to be Jack-O-Lantern, and separate them from as much of the stringy pulp as possible. Then place the seeds in a strainer and rinse thoroughly until all the pulp has been washed away. Pat the seeds dry with a towel and set them aside in a mixing bowl.
Preheat oven to 300°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss 1 cup of Pumpkin Seeds with 2 tbs Olive Oil and let them sit while you mix the seasonings together.
For seasoning combine:
- 1 tbs Brown Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
Sprinkle seasoning onto oiled seeds in the mixing bowl and toss to coat. Spread out onto your lined baking sheet.
Now bake for 20-30 min. or until they began to brown.
That’s it! Very easy. And there are any number of spice combinations you can try. I found this one, and others like “Pizza”, “Ranch”, and “Dill Pickle” on the amazing blog, Back to Her Roots. Definitely a site worth following.
And not only is this a yummy treat, but eating pumpkin seeds is good for you. According to Dr. Mercola, “With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, which can give your health an added boost.”