Don’t let those nutritious pumpkin seeds go to waste. Make these sweet and smoky treats at home this fall.
Flesh and seeds from 1 sugar pumpkin (approx 1/2-3/4 cup seeds)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp hot smoked paprika
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp neutral flavoured oil (avocado, vegetable, etc)
Preparing the Seeds
Removing the seeds from the flesh is pretty simple once you get going. I first remove the big chunks of pumpkin flesh and then I use my fingers to sort of “comb” the seeds out. This is a fun job for kids if you have any that are interest in helping.
Once you’ve got all the seeds out, place them in a sieve and run them under lukewarm water to clean all the goo off them. Shake as much water out as you can and pour them onto a towel-lined plate to dry overnight.
Preheat oven to 350’F.
Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.
Pour dried seeds onto the baking sheet and toss with the rest of the ingredients.
Bake, stirring occasionally, until just starting to brown. 15-20 minutes.
If you’re not sure if they’re done, let one cool for a minute and give it a taste. It should be crunchy with a slight chew. If they aren’t crunchy, cook for another few minutes.
Let the seeds cool and store in an air-tight container for up to 4 days (though I’m fairly certain they won’t last that long)
One roasted sugar pumpkin yeilds between 1/2 – 3/4 cups of seeds depending on size. Mine yielded just over a half cup, so these measurements are base on that.
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