Perfect Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

Gail Harland
Wednesday, 30th October 2013

Carving out a Halloween pumpkin like the one in the photograph?! Don't throw away the seeds! Roast them in 2 delicious ways and make a healthy seasonal snack.

Pumpkin seeds are a superfood. Not only are they full of vitamins, they can help with Seasonal Defective Disorder (SAD). So if you are carving pumpkins this week, here are two ways of preparing them. 

Top ones were marinated in soya sauce. Bottom ones in garlic powder, smoked paprika and cayenne nom nom nom

Pumpkin seeds roasted with soy sauceStep 1. Carve an awesome pumpkin.

Step 2. Pick out the seeds and any pulp. Make soup from the pulp but rinse the seeds in a colander.

Step 3. Cover a tray with kitchen towel and leave to dry.

Step 4. Put the seeds in bowl and season. The first ones I just put soya sauce on. The second batch I sprinkled with 2tbsp. olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. Mixed it all around and leave for an hour.

Step 5. Put on lined baking tray, and bake in the oven at 120oC (250oF) for an hour, tossing every 15mins.

Seasoned with cayenne, paprika and garlic powder

These seeds are great on salads or eaten on their own as a health snack. They are high in protein and good fats, filled with minerals including magnesium, manganese, iron and copper.

They are a good source of vitamin K, E and many B vitamins and contain Phytosterols that helps reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.

And most interestingly they contain L-Tryptophan, which naturally helps with good sleep and lowers depression... Perfect for the SAD season!!

Further Resources

Five natural cures for seasonal affective disorder 

Roast pumpkin soup and seed crouton recipe

Roast pumpkin sourdough bread recipe

Drying squash - The Resilient Gardener

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